epsom baths are they a myth?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 27, 2013 at 9:13 AM

I know there are other tags on epsom baths. I had one last night, first time and slept for 12 hours, it was unbelievable. I have been unwell due to being celiac and I was told they help with healing of the gut. Does anyone if this is true or is it a myth? Thanks in advance.



on April 27, 2013
at 03:08 PM

First time I ever took an epsom salt bath, I broke out in hives. I think that means it did SOMETHING and got shit "moving" inside me. I've taken many epsom salt baths since then and have never experienced hives again.

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on April 27, 2013
at 12:55 PM

I don't know of any research that shows that epsom salts heal the gut. Mainly bc there isn't much research yet on healing the gut at all, although there are a lot of great ideas out there to try. HOWEVER, your body does need magnesium. And if you have an inflamed gut, you aren't absorbing many nutrients from your food. So, magnesium is one of those things that is easy to get through the skin and into your body where you need it. Many people are extremely deficient in magnesium, and you may be one of those. For me, Mg (1) helps sleep, (2) lifts mood, (3) helps control my hunger, etc.

I get magnesium in 4 different ways: (1) epson salt baths for the nights I can do that, or (2) magnesium gel or oil that I rub on right after the shower, or (3) chelated magnesium tablets (I've been paleo for 3 yrs, and my gut is doing better), OR (4) Natural Vitality "calm" Mg drink, which is really useful as a mild laxative. :)

(You can find Mg oil in Whole Foods, etc, but I order it online here: http://www.health-and-wisdom.com/)

The book Practical Paleo has a section on gut healing where they recommend some supplements. I have loaned mine out and don't have it - maybe someone else can chime in?



on April 28, 2013
at 03:39 AM

Magnesium and sulfur both have benefits for our bodies (and Epsom salt IS magnesium sulfate). Magnesium, namely, helps with sleeping.


on April 28, 2013
at 01:38 AM

Thank you. The Epsom baths certainly help me with sleep which may be a sign that I need supplements. Thanks for your interesting info.

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