Sensory Kids and Epsom Salts

I just read an interesting article here on the benefits of epsom salts.  So that you don’t have to read the whole article, here are a couple of main points, and I quote:

  • “Most of us are low in magnesium. It should occur in the body at a 1:2 ratio with calcium.  Calcium needs magnesium in order to do it’s work.
  • Magnesium is not easily absorbed in the digestive tract.
  • Magnesium and sulfate are both easily absorbed through the skin.
  • Sulfates play an important role in the formation of brain tissue, joint proteins and the proteins that line the walls of the digestive tract.
  • Researchers and physicians suggest health benefits from proper magnesium and sulfate levels as listed on the web site of the Epsom Salt Industry Council:  [Epsom salts (hydrated magnesium sulfate)]
    1. Improved heart and circulatory health, reducing irregular heartbeats, preventing hardening of the arteries, reducing blood clots and lowering blood pressure.
    2. Improved ability for the body to use insulin, reducing the incidence or severity of diabetes.
    3. Flushed toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances.
    4. Improved nerve function by electrolyte regulation. Also, calcium is the main conductor for electrical current in the body, and magnesium is necessary to maintain proper calcium levels in the blood.
    5. Relieved 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.
    6. Reduced inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps.
    7. Improved oxygen use.
    8. Improved absorption of nutrients.
    9. Improved formation of joint proteins, brain tissue and mucin proteins.
    10. Prevention or easing of migraine headaches.”

The author of the article continues on to say:

“All this from a bath? Hurray! While there are many different brands of Epsom salt, they are all the same product chemically, and can be found at most drug stores. Add two cups of Epsom salt and soak for at least 12 minutes. Do this three times weekly.

If you are pregnant or have any health concerns, please check with your doctor before using Epsom salts.”

I am going to start trying this tonight with Little Miss Sensory and see if it helps her with anything.  I’ll keep you posted.


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