the previous two articles about:
1. recognizing the importance of sleep to improve
your life, and
2. some ideas on how to get a better sleep,
I became curious about an Epsom salt bath and how it helps with sleep.
Short answer – in many ways.
There are the obvious ways – the heat of the bath and the ritual of
bathing before bed. But what’s with the Epsom salts?
Epsom salt isn’t a salt at all but a combination of magnesium and
sulfate. Magnesium is a super-mineral that aids in a multitude of
functions, including promoting melatonin (for sleep), muscle
relaxation, reduction of anxiety, constipation, and brain fog, as well
as improved nerve function, to name only few of its long list of
effects (it was difficult to pick only a few from the list).
Unfortunately, it is estimated that 50-80% of us are magnesium
Why? Here are the basic reasons:
1. Processed food is stripped of naturally occurring magnesium.
2. Stress depletes our magnesium.
3. Sugar, in particular, depletes magnesium. 54 molecules of magnesium
are needed to process 1 molecule of sugar.
4. Our soil, and therefore the food grown in it, has less minerals than
before (synthetic fertilizer does not contain all of the minerals that
5. Many prescription drugs deplete magnesium.
6. Because of the myth that calcium alone strengthens bones, some have
taken calcium supplements without balancing the calcium:magnesium
Even with that information, I do not see doom and gloom or feel
And I do not have a subscription to
So, what to do?
Mostly, stop doing the things that create the problem in the first
To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live
moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.
Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables
smelled as good as bacon.
1. Spend more time grocery shopping along the perimeter of a grocery
store. If what you are buying is unrecognizable by your
great-great-great grandma, then it is unrecognizable by your body.
Slowly add whole foods before removing processed foods. If you feel
deprived, then the new habit won’t last.
2. Breathe deep to reduce stress. Breathe deep at red lights, when
listening to someone, when waiting in line, or whenever you think about
it. Even a single deep breath can alter your stress level (I’m making up
that fact but I feel different even after a single deep breath so am
assuming it is true).
3. If you are able to buy organic vegetables and you know the soil has
been cared for (that is, you know the person and how they care for the
soil), do not peel them or wash them too carefully. If there is any
dirt left on them, that dirt contains much needed minerals and enzymes.
4. Reduce sugar. This is an ongoing struggle for me. Sugar contains
nothing helpful to the body and hurts the body in so many ways. The
more you reduce sugar intake, the more magnesium you will have
5. If you take a calcium supplement, make sure there is a balance of
magnesium (and there may be other minerals, vitamins and enzymes that
are needed. Speak to a knowledgeable person).
6. If you do want to supplement your magnesium intake, there are
a) Increase your intake of magnesium-rich foods.
b) Take an oral magnesium supplement. Check the type of magnesium. Some
are more absorbable than others. Introduce it slowly as
re-adjusting/over-consumption has a laxative effect.
c) Rub on magnesium oil.
d) And, making a full circle to the beginning of the article, enjoy an
Epsom salt bath. If you have someone who isn't thrilled spending time
in the bath, our waterproof vibrating brush or roll-on might entertain while
soaking up some magnesium.
If you would like to learn more about magnesium, watch a video by Dr. Carolyn Dean, author of ‘The Magnesium Miracle’. There are many short and longer ones available.
Have a MAGNE-ficent week (Cheesy I know but I wanted to work magnesium
into the send-off. That was the best I could do)