Magnesium and Sulfates are the major components in Epsom Salts, and the second most abundant element in all human cells. They are responsible for helping to regulate 325 enzymes, as well as orchestrating multiple body functions – everything from muscle control and energy production, to the elimination of toxins.
Unfortunately, according to the National Academy of Sciences, most Americans are deficient in both magnesium and sulfates; this accounts for the high rate of heart disease, arthritis and joint pain complaints, osteoporosis, chronic fatigue and stress-related illnesses, as well as digestive maladies.
It is reported that men only get 80 percent of the magnesium and sulfates they need for good health, while women receive a mere 70 percent.
Why are we so depleted?
It’s no surprise that the American diet lacks the general nutrients required on a daily basis, and this is certainly true of magnesium. To begin with, many of today’s farming practices exhaust the soil of magnesium, and the fertilizers we use do not replenish the lost magnesium. In addition, our diets are rich in sugar, fat, protein, and salt…all of which not only lack magnesium, but they actually work to deplete the magnesium in our bodies.
Many see positive results from the use of bulk-forming laxatives within 12 hours of taking the product. However, since every person’s body is different, it can take as long as two to three days to get results.
When taking any type of bulk-forming laxative, it is important to follow these precautions to maximize results:
The benefits of using Epsom Salts
Using Epsom Salts on a weekly basis works to increase the levels of magnesium and sulfates in our bodies. Studies illustrate the many benefits of this practice:
Benefits from Magnesium
- Improves concentration and sleep
- Reduces stress
- Regulates enzyme activity
- Prevents artery hardening and clotting of the blood
- Improves the effectiveness of insulin
- Reduces the inflammation associated with sore muscles and arthritis
- Increases the efficiency of oxygen use
Benefits from Sulfates
- Flushes internal toxins
- Helps to maximize the absorption of nutrients
- Aids in brain tissue formation, mucin proteins (which line the walls of the digestive tract), and joint proteins
- Stimulates the pancreas’ production of digestive enzymes, improving digestion
- Helps ease migraine headaches
- Relieves constipation
When using Epsom Salts as a laxative to help relieve constipation, always consult a doctor first. Frequent use can cause severe diarrhea and cramping, which can easily dehydrate a person. Always follow the instructions on the container when formulating the mixture.
How to use Epsom Salts
While it is safe to ingest Epsom Salts, this is not the most effective way to absorb the magnesium and sulfates. When ingested, the presence of medical drugs and stomach acid can work to decrease the effectiveness of ingested Epsom Salts. Studies have shown that the most effective way to absorb the magnesium and sulfate is through the skin:
- Epsom Salts Bath – one to two cups per bath, and soak for 30 minutes
- Epsom Salts Spray – spray a mixture of Epsom Salt and water onto the skin: one part salts to one part water
- Epsom Salts Footbath – one part salt to two parts water, and soak for 30 minutes
- Epsom Salts Cream – available over-the-counter
Epsom Salts can be found at any local drug or grocery store, and no prescription is required.
For more permanent relief from constipation, begin by increasing the amount of fiber in your diet. The FDA recommends 25 to 30 grams of fiber daily; the average American only gets 10 to 15 grams. Ninety percent of this fiber should come from the foods that you eat, and another 10 percent can be had from a fiber supplement. [Fiber Chart]
Initiating a regular colon cleansing program will also help relieve constipation, and help to decrease the toxins in your digestive tract. The Puristat Cleansing Kits work with your colon not only to break up and remove old impacted fecal matter, but also to strengthen your colon. A strong colon will continue to contract, keeping fecal matter moving through your system more regularly.