About Epsom Salt

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Why Epsom salt?

Epsom salt is used to give the water enough density to float effortlessly with the eyes, nose, and mouth still above water. Epsom salts have a plethora of health benefits.

Epsom salt isn’t salt at all, but really magnesium sulfate. It’s called “Epsom” because magnesium sulfate was discovered in Epsom, England.

What effect does the Epsom salt water have on my body?

According to the research of Dr. John C. Lilly, using a saturated solution of Epsom salt (MgSO4+7H2O-1.3 grams per cubic centimeter), allows the whole body to float near the surface of the water. This salt solution eliminates the effects of gravity on the body and allows the floater to attain the deepest state of rest possible.

Magnesium and Sulphur

  • Epsom salt, is rich in both magnesium and sulfate, and is easily absorbed through the skin.
  • Magnesium is the second most abundant element in human cells. A lack of this mineral has been linked to heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, joint pain, digestive ailments, chronic fatigue, and stress-related disorders.
  • Magnesium is an essential mineral used for hundreds of biochemical reactions, making it vital for health. Even a mild deficiency of magnesium can cause increased sensitivity to noise, nervousness, irritability, mental depression, confusion, twitching, trembling, apprehension, and insomnia.

According to Dr. Norman Shealy (the world’s leading experts in pain & depression management. He was the first physician to specialize in the resolution of chronic pain):

“Every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency” and “magnesium is the most critical mineral required for electrical stability of every cell in the body. A magnesium deficiency may be responsible for more diseases than any other nutrient.”

Sulphur is 8th most abundant mineral (by weight) in our body. It is stored in every cell, with the highest concentrations being in the joints, hair, skin, and nails. Sulphur plays an important role in the formation of brain tissue, joint proteins, synovial fluid, and aids in the cellular detoxification process. Sulphur helps our body cells utilize oxygen appropriately, which aids brain function and all cell activity.

Sulfur is needed for enzyme activity, hormone balance, and function of the immune system. It is an important component of collagen and connective tissues and assists the body in preventing inflammation and aiding connective tissue repair. It is useful for healing skin and digestive problems.

Aside from the positive effects of sensory deprivation, floating in Epsom salt has been shown to provide many benefits. Researchers and physicians suggest these health benefits from proper magnesium and sulfate levels, as listed on the web site of the Epsom Salt Industry Council:

  • Improved heart and circulatory health, reducing irregular heartbeats, preventing hardening of the arteries, reducing blood clots and lowering blood pressure.
  • Improved ability for the body to use insulin, reducing the incidence or severity of diabetes.
  • Flushed toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances.
  • Improved nerve function by electrolyte regulation. Also, calcium is the main conductor for electrical current in the body, and magnesium is necessary to maintain proper calcium levels in the blood.
  • Relieved 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.
  • Reduced inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps.
  • Improved oxygen use.
  • Improved absorption of nutrients.
  • Improved formation of joint proteins, brain tissue and mucin proteins.
  • Prevention or easing of migraine headaches.

Epsom salts and Autism

Children with autism may have decreased levels of phenol sulfotransferase, or PST. This enzyme normally helps the body to eliminate some types of harmful chemicals called phenolic compounds. With low levels of PST, these compounds can increase in the brain, affecting the work of neurotransmitters. Low levels of PST can also have a negative impact on the gastrointestinal system, potentially leading to inflammation and intestinal wall permeability. Magnesium sulfate found in Epsom salt may help to increase sulfate in the bloodstream and to moderate PST levels.

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http://treatingautism.co.uk/our-approach/parents-stories/full-recovery-from-autism