Monday, October 3, 2016

Soak It Up: Magnesium's Benefits

I became deeply intrigued about magnesium’s role in our bodies after attending a lecture a few years ago by Dr. Sean Orr (neurologist, Baptist Medical Center downtown). During his lecture he said he encourages his patients to explore several relatively safe natural products to help alleviate some of their issues. He spoke highly of magnesium.

I began taking a powdered form of magnesium after his lecture. My common issue of muscle “locks up” in my right leg (post surgery) - have disappeared. I no longer take the magnesium every day - just every so often.

I do soak in Epsom Salts now which is another way to absorb magnesium.  

Please google Epsom Salt & magnesium to learn more. You will be fascinated - helps not only with nervous system - but also digestive issues. Some even claim success with hyperactivity & autism.

In the meantime, here’s a few bath ideas. Please do not soak more than 20 minutes - and plan to go to bed post soak. You can google this topic to find out additional precautions that may apply to you.   And if you have concerns, please consult with a qualified medical practitioner.

This is my family’s current favorite mix.  2 cups epsom salt, 1 cup baking soda.  16 oz. bottle of hydrogen peroxide.  20 minute soak.

This bath opens pores and eliminates toxins and also helps to eliminate pain. Stir one cup of epsom salts and 2 tablespoons of ginger in a cup of water first, then add to the bath. Do not remain in the tub for more than 30 minutes.

This bath counteracts the effects of radiation, whether from X-rays, cancer treatment radiation, fallout from the atmosphere, or television radiation. 1 cup of baking soda and 1 to 2 cups of ordinary coarse salt (or epsom salts or sea salt) to a tub of water. You can soak for 20 minutes.

This bath helps with dry skin and stress. Take 1 cup of Epsom salt, 1 cup of sea salt (from the health food store), and 1 cup of sesame oil and put into a warm to hot tub of water and soak for 20 minutes. Pat yourself dry.

This is used when the body is too acidic. This is a quick way of restoring the acid-alkaline balance. 1 cup to 2 quarts of 100% apple cider vinegar to a bathtub of warm water. Soak 40 to 45 minutes. This is excellent for excess uric acid in the body and especially for the joints, arthritis, bursitis, tendonitis, and gout.  I have even read that it’s good for urinary tract issues & vaginal issues.

Please do your own research and
explore what might be best for you.  

Happy soaking!

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