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Epsom Salt is the popular name for magnesium sulphate, a natural mineral that occurs in pure form in many places in the earth’s crust. Epsom salt has numerous therapeutic uses and has been valued in medicine since old times. It is very commonly used as a bath salt, and is also taken internally to treat numerous conditions. It is also present in some mineral waters and is considered valuable by both orthodox and alternative health professionals.
Magnesium is regarded by scientists as essential to life, playing a fundamental part in living cells – and a surprisingly large proportion of people do not get enough magnesium: 57% of the US population does not meet the US RDA for dietary magnesium intake!
This doesn’t necessarily mean that they are magnesium deficient – and the magnesium level will be maintained by the kidneys where possible. The perfect calcium – magnesium ratio is disputed, however it is generally agreed that the proportion of these elements in most people’s intake is skewed towards too much calcium and too little magnesium.
Symptoms and effects of magnesium deficiency (depending on severity) can include: Hyperexcitability, dizziness, muscle cramps, muscle weakness, fatigue, hypocalcemia, low serum potassium levels (hypokalemia), retention of sodium, low circulating levels of parathyroid hormone (PTH), neurological and muscular symptoms (tremor, muscle spasms, tetany), loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, personality changes, irregular heartbeat and even death from heart failure.
You can have your levels of magnesium checked by a doctor and you can ask for this next time you have a check up or if you have the above symptoms.
Rich food sources of magnesium include leafy green vegetables, pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts, sesame seeds, almonds, wheat bran, cashew, soybeans, cilantro, sage, spearmint, chives, brown rice and bananas.
Epsom salt, when dissolved in water, may be absorbed by the skin – and this may be one of the benefits of use of either epsom salt baths or magnesium oil. (Note – check out the link about magnesium oil also… of all the posts I have ever made on this blog, that was the one which had the most comments reporting amazing cures!) Epsom salt is good stuff.
Ready for the 21 uses of epsom salt? Here is the link to the full list: http://wellnessmama.com/8509/21-uses-for-epsom-salt/
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