Why I swear by epsom salts.
A little punctuation can make a big difference.
- Why? I swear by epsom salts.
- Why I swear. By Epsom Salts.
And a little emphasis, too.
- What is this thing called love?
- What is this thing called, love?
Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate — MgSO4. When magnesium sulfate is placed in a liquid it separates into magnesium and sulfate. It is absorbed through the skin and can continue to be absorbed (if it remains on the skin) for four to nine hours. It’s easy to find in grocery stores and convenience stores.
When I first started running on the treadmill in 2003 I started feeling stiff around my upper leg. Like, where the leg meets the hip, more or less. It started to hurt a little bit. I ran some more. It started to hurt a lot. Eventually, I could barely walk up and down flights of stairs. Then I could barely walk at all. It hurt when I lay down, when I stood, walked, sat. I borrowed one of my grandmother’s canes. It was that bad. I was about to go to the doctor, which usually means that I’m in extreme pain or in fear of losing a bodily or sensory function up to and including life.
After nearly two weeks it started to get a little better but every time it got better I’d use the leg more and it would get even worse. People recommended soaking in a tub with epsom salts. I did.
Within a day and a half I felt a lot better. And it improved from there. It wasn’t one soak, by the way. I soaked daily. Then a few times a week. (I’m soaking this week because my legs are depleted and exhausted from mtn biking above and beyond my current fitness.)
The following is from the Epsom Salt Industry Council’s web page, which sums up the info from all of the google search results and wikipedia entries I read.
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 may:
- 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 but 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.
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Release date: By 23 September, 2003