5 Health Benefits of Epsom Salts
Not to be mistaken for table salt, magnesium sulphate, commonly known as Epsom salt boasts excellent health benefits. This naturally occurring bitter-tasting mineral compound was first discovered in the town of Epsom in the 17th century and has been used ever since for its wide-ranging rewards including helping with constipation and aiding digestion. Keep reading to discover the benefits of Epsom salts.
1. Improve digestive function
Epsom salts are well renowned for helping the digestive system and promoting regular bowel movements. As a laxative, magnesium sulphate relaxes the muscles and aids the digestion process as well as offering a degree of colon cleansing. However, for an even lighter gut feeling, the FX Mayr Colon Hydrotherapy is a highly effective treatment for cleansing your intestine and stimulating intestinal function.
2. Provide constipation relief
There are a range of reasons for experiencing constipation, and whether your constipation is the result of a lack of exercise, poor diet or stress, Epsom salts can provide you with constipation relief. Epsom salts are regularly used for constipation relief as their high concentration of magnesium increases bowel movement by drawing water into your colon. Although bitter-tasting and not the most pleasant to drink, when dissolved in water, Epsom salts have a laxative effect and induce bowel movements to relieve you from the pain and discomfort of constipation.
3. Aids sleep
If you have tried drinking Epsom salts, it may come as a relief to know that taking a bath with Epsom salts also comes with many benefits. When dissolved in water, Epsom salts release magnesium and sulphate ions, both of which are absorbed by the skin to aid bodily functions. Taking a warm bath before bed with Epsom salts can help maintain your body’s magnesium levels, an element essential for sleep. Epsom salts are also thought to help the production of the sleep hormone melatonin, helping you get a better night sleep.
4. Pain relief and exercise recovery
Although not heavily researched, taking an Epsom salt bath has been reported by many to offer pain relief and reduce muscle soreness following exercise. It is thoughts that the minerals released from the Epsom salts into the bathwater help to relax the muscles, reduce swelling and prevent painful cramps, hence why many athletes will soak in an Epsom bath following their event.
5. Help anxiety and depression
With a deficiency in magnesium being associated with anxiety, magnesium sulphate is thought to be a natural remedy for anxiety. Research has shown that magnesium is a key mineral in improving brain function as well as regulating neurotransmitters, the network responsible for communicating with the brain and body. As well as this, studies have found that when under an increased uptake of magnesium from Epsom salts, feelings of fear and panic can be decreased. Therefore, it is understandable that an Epsom salt bath can help reduce feelings of stress, anxiety and depression.
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