Supplemental Sources of Magnesium
and Taking an Epsom Salt Bath

Supplemental sources of magnesium can include taking a relaxing Epsom salt bath.

Yes, an Epsom salt bath can get more magnesium into your system.  Epsom salt uses hot water to dissolve this magical elixir to aid in relieving sore muscles.

And one of the best sources of magnesium as far as supplements go, may be chelated magnesium.

Chelated magnesium means that magnesium is held in place by a larger molecule such as an amino acid.  Chelation makes it easier for your body to absorb magnesium. 

Epsom Salt Bath and Epsom Salt Uses

Epsom salts are rich in both sulfates and magnesium which are both easily absorbed through the skin.

Dissolve 1 to 2 cups of Epsom salts in a hot bath to produce a mineral water treatment for your body.

Soaking for at least 12 minutes about 3 times a week is the standard protocol for Epsom salt uses.

Soaking in an Epsom salt bath allows both magnesium and sulfates to be absorbed through your skin.

Epsom Salts Originate from Epsom England

These salts were discovered there hence the name - Epsom salts.

Soaking in an Epsom salt bath can pull toxins from your cells and it is best not to use any kind of soap or bubbles when taking an Epsom salt bath.

And by the way, sulfates are not the same as sulfites. Sulfates are mineral salts that contain sulfur.

To have the best experience, be sure to filter out the chlorine from your bath water by using a good water filter.

Epsom Salt Uses Include:

  • Relieves muscle pain
  • Relieves muscle tension
  • Helps detoxify your body
  • Helps lower blood pressure
  • Helps soothes your nerves
  • Helps produce serotonin
  • Relaxes your body
  • Balances electrolytes
  • Helps soften your skin
  • Helps toenail fungus
  • Soothes itching of skin
  • Reduces excess fluid build-up

Best Food Sources of Magnesium

Yep, that's right Chocolate! 

Even though chocolate does contain a lot of oxalic acid - it is usually fermented which helps it to be less of a problem.

I know that I have to eat chocolate a few times a month to help with stress and even muscle cramping.

It's surely one of my favorite treats and it's one of the best food sources of magnesium on earth and a magical food.

You'll want to be sure to buy the best quality chocolate - look for organic and fair trade.

Supplemental Sources of Magnesium

Organic magnesium is some of the best supplemental sources of magnesium - which does include food BTW.

This form of magnesium is better absorbed and retained by your body than most Inorganic magnesium.

Magnesium chloride that is extracted from sea water - may be the most easily absorbed of all the inorganic types of magnesium.

Organic magnesium supplements include Malate, Citrate, and Orotate.

Inorganic magnesium supplements include Carbonate, Sulfate, and Chloride.

Organic magnesium is considered a soluble form of magnesium and Inorganic magnesium is considered an insoluble form.

And, Magnesium oil that is made with magnesium chloride which occurs naturally in the ocean and in some ancient sea beds may also be very effective.

Chelated magnesium is considered a more soluble form of magnesium and is one of the more easily absorbed types of magnesium supplements available.

Chelated magnesium is often chelated with an organic molecule such as an amino acid which allows magnesium to enter your system through your intestinal wall through the amino acid pathway.

Amino acid chelated magnesium is generally very effective supplemental sources of magnesium. 

Good examples of effective amino acid chelated magnesium are Magnesium Taurate and Magnesium Glycinate.

However, be careful of the other ingredients or additives that may go into these supplements - less is best.

You might want to seek the help of a physician if you suffer from Kidney problems, are Pregnant, are Nursing, or take Medications before taking a magnesium supplement or using Epsom salts.

There can be side effects or complications under certain circumstances when supplementing with magnesium.  As usual, you should research what may be appropriate for your needs and be a little cautious whenever you take any kind of supplement.

Beware of These Chelated Magnesium Supplements

Magnesium Glutamate - this form of magnesium will break down into glutamic acid or MSG.

Magnesium Aspartate - this form of magnesium will break down into aspartic acid which is a component of aspartame.

Both of these can be very harmful to you - especially your brain cells!

For many people, loose stools would be a common side effect of magnesium supplementation.

Note: It may take your body 6 weeks to months to replenish its supply of magnesium, but it may be worth your while to look into one of these supplemental sources of magnesium.


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