Did You know...

How good an Epsom Salt soak can be ?

I was aware that my mom always had it on 
hand growing up
re-call Jamie telling me once to buy some and soak
but i thought...
"what does he know about a nice hot bath?"

More than i thought...

I came across a link to this info
thru one of my blog reads.

 "Magnesium is the second-most abundant element 
in human cells 
and the fourth-most important positively charged ion in the body, so it's little wonder this low-profile mineral is so vital to good health and well being.
Magnesium, a major component of Epsom Salt
also helps to regulate the activity of more than 325 
enzymes and performs a vital role in orchestrating 
many bodily functions,
from muscle control and electrical impulses 
to energy production and the elimination of harmful toxins. 

The National Academy of Sciences, however, reports that most Americans are 
magnesium deficient
helping to account for our society's high rate of
heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis  
joint pain, digestive maladies  
stress-related illnesses, chronic fatigue
 a host of other ailments.

The Academy 
the average American male gets just 
of the magnesium required for good health, 
get only  
of their recommended levels.
Nutritionists say Americans' magnesium levels 
have dropped more than
in the past century.

 Better health through soaking
Magnesium can be ingested as a nutritional supplement, 
but studies show that a wide variety of factors -
the presence of specific foods or drugs,
certain medical conditions, 
even the individual chemistry of a person's stomach acid
- can interfere with their effectiveness.
But all of the subjects in a recent study experienced increased magnesium levels from soaking in a bath enriched with magnesium sulfate crystals,
commonly known as Epsom Salt.
Researchers and physicians 
report that raising your magnesium levels 
  • Improve heart and circulatory health, reducing irregular heartbeats, preventing hardening of the arteries, reducing blood clots and lowering blood pressure. 

Improve the body's ability to use insulin, reducing the incidence or severity of diabetes.
  • Flush toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances.
  • Improve nerve function by regulating electrolytes. Also, calcium is the main conductor for electrical current in the body, and magnesium is necessary to maintain proper calcium levels in the blood.
  • Relieve stress. Excess adrenaline and stress are believed to drain magnesium, a natural stress reliever, from the body. Magnesium is necessary for the body to bind adequate amounts of serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of well being and relaxation.
While increasing your magnesium levels, 
Epsom Salt also delivers sulfates,
which are extremely difficult to get through food 
which readily absorb through the skin. 
Sulfates serve a wide variety of functions in the body, 
playing a vital role in the formation of brain tissue, 
joint proteins and the mucin proteins that line the walls of the digestive tract. 
Sulfates also stimulate the pancreas to generate digestive enzymes and are believed to help detoxify the body's residue of medicines and environmental contaminants."

You can find more interesting info
and a recipe

my neck & upper back 
showed back up a couple days ago
i figure
now is a good time to try
*the soak*.


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