Epsom salts & Medical benefits
1. Body relaxation
During stress the level of magnesium ion decreases, on the other hand level of stress hormone (adrenaline) increases. Once Epsom salt dissolves in warm water, magnesium ions breaks apart from Epsom salt molecules, and then it is absorbed through the skin and level of magnesium in the body gets elevated. The magnesium helps by decreasing stress through promoting the production of serotonin, which is responsible for feel of calm and relaxation, and reduces the effect of adrenaline . Magnesium also plays a critical role in the production of energy in cells (ATP) and helps in feeling restlessness or anxiety .
2. Releases pain and muscle cramps
An Epsom salt characterized with its anti-inflammatory effect, making it beneficial in the treatment of bronchial asthma, sore muscles, and migraine headaches. Magnesium appears to inhibit nerve receptors linked to the trigger point pain and regulate the release of neurohormones .
3. Improvement of muscles and nerves function
Several researches show that magnesium ions in Epsom salt can help regulate electrolytes in the body, through its effect on many enzymes that are responsible for regulating fluid retention in cells, and facilitates the body’s use of calcium to transmit chemical signals throughout the nervous system. When cellular magnesium increases, inflammatory processes such as the release of pro-inflammatory proteins decrease. Magnesium may also prevent the activation of receptors found in nerve cells that regulate pain .
4. Prevention of arteries hardness and blood clots
Epsom salt improves the blood circulation, hence help in prevention of heart disease, strokes, elasticity of arteries, preventing blood clots, and lowering of blood pressure. Magnesium ions are responsible for treatment of blood clotting where the ratio of calcium to magnesium is important because while calcium is responsible for the formation of blood clots, magnesium is responsible for their termination .
5. Blood glucose regulation
Both magnesium, and sulfate ions regulate the glucose intake, secretion of insulin, so prevent development of diabetes. Magnesium deficiency could impair blood sugar control by reducing sugar uptake (insulin sensitivity), impairing insulin release and/or increasing oxidative stress .
6. Detoxification effects
The sulfates ions in Epsom salt helps in removing both toxins and heavy metals from the cells. Epsom salt can be used as saline laxative so, it removes the harmful bacterial in intestine and is used in treatment of constipation. Magnesium supports detoxifications systems in the body through its major role in the production of energy (as ATP), which provides cells with the energy they require for pumping out toxins before, during, and after they accumulate .
High levels of energy are needed for the function of sodium/ potassium ATPase the enzyme that uses this energy to pump sodium ions from cells and potassium ions into cells. Cells use ATPase as the pumping mechanism for transporting nutrients, preserving proper concentrations of minerals within cells (and extracellular fluid), and removing toxins .
B. Beauty uses of Epsom salt
Epsom salt is use to remove dead skin and oil from your pores helping skin to look healthier and feel softer. Use this treatment on hands, feet, and everything in between, remove foot odor. Magnesium helps improve your skin’s overall appearance, reducing acne and other skin disorders by lowering cortisol levels, stabilizing hormonal imbalances, and improving cellular processes