Have you noticed how great you feel after spending the day at the beach simply floating in the ocean? One of the reasons is because the ocean is full of minerals like magnesium. And our bodies CRAVE magnesium.
. . . responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in our body . . .
Magnesium is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body, and by increasing your magnesium intake your body is better able to manage these functions.
Who Me Deficient? Yes, You!
An estimated 80% of the population is magnesium deficient, but balancing this deficiency is easier and more enjoyable than most realize. Adding a couple of steps to your bathing routine can help reap huge rewards.
Why are we deficient? One of the reasons is that modern farming methods have created a shortage in the soil. Magnesium is not in our vegetables, and animals don’t get it from the plants they eat.
Oral supplementation can cause gastric distress, so few people can tolerate this option. But another choice is to use the skin’s ability to uptake magnesium via soaking in Epsom SaltsTM or magnesium flakes.
8 Benefits of A Magnesium Soak
1. Help restore magnesium levels: Studies have shown that magnesium is easily absorbed through the skin, making soaking an ideal way to top off magnesium levels.
2. Ease stress: Not only does soaking in a hot bath help melt stress away, but increasing magnesium uptake allows the body to better manage stress.
3. Relax muscles:Soaking aching muscles and joints in a magnesium bath, helps the body regulate blood pressure, lowering the risk of cardio-vascular disease.
4. Detox: The skin is the body’s largest organ, and skin has an amazing ability to absorb, filter out and excrete toxins.
5. Heart health: High magnesium intake is consistently correlated to lower levels of cardiovascular disease.
6. Relief from constipation: One of the challenges of oral supplementation is the “runs” so magnesium uptake through the skin can help keep us regular, but not TOO regular.
7. Decrease inflammation: Inflammation within the body ages us, decreasing inflammation helps us live longer vibrant lives. When magnesium levels are balanced muscular tension, joint pain and stress are aided.
8. Heal Skin: Addressing a magnesium deficiency helps improve the skin’s overall appearance. Rashes, eczema, psoriasis, acne, or dry skin, is often a signal of a deeper issue. The skin is an elimination organ and the body will push toxins out through skin when the other organs of elimination – the gut, the liver, the kidneys –are overburdened.
DIY Magnesium SOAK
THE BODY BATH
Draw your bathtub with warm water, as hot as you can handle—it helps with the mineral uptake. Fill the bath so that the water can completely cover your body. If you have a small city bathtub like I do, lay on one side and then switch to the other side to ensure all-over skin absorption.
Add two cups of Epsom salt and wait a few minutes for it to dissolve.
For an added therapeutic effect, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
Soak for 20-30 minutes.
WARNING: While an Epsom salt bath is considered safe, check with your doctor before treating any medical conditions.
Originally published in Paul Wharton Style.