Friday, December 21, 2012

Epsom Salt Baths: An Old-School Way to Feel Better Fast?

Do Epsom Salt Baths Help Us Detox?

At the surface, it didn’t make much sense to me how these baths would help detox. Then I started learning about Sulfur.  Sulfur is the 8th most common element in the human body by mass (4).  It’s used in every area of the body in one way or another.  Here’s a brief overview:
  • Sulfate is needed for proper pancreatic enzyme action
  • Sulfate is essential at forming the mucin proteins that line the gut walls
  • Sulfur containing compounds are a very important part of Phase 2 detox in the liver
  • Sulfate is necessary for the formation of brain tissue and proper neurotransmitter function
  • Sulfate is needed for proper joint lubrication and function
This isn’t going to be an in-depth talk on Sulfur, but I just want to highlight some point’s readers of this blog probably care deeply about.  Bad digestion, detox, bad brain status and hurting joints are all things many of us struggle with.  And it turns out; Sulfur plays a major role in all of these.
Interesting to note: there are 3 ways to get more sulfates into your body.  Eating it, absorbing it through the skin, or creating it from methionine and cysteine.  The problem is: the ability to absorb it from eating sulfur containing foods is very inefficient (5).  And if you have IBD or any gut dysbiosis,  it’s likely even worse (6).
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