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A Dose Of Salts!

Dear Doc, In the old-time days, people used to purge with Epsom Salts. Is this harmful doing it all the time? - Marston Dear Marston, Epsom salts consists of magnesium and sulfate and obtained its name from a town called Epsom, in Surrey, England where it is found naturally occurring in sulphur springs. Interestingly, it is not actually a salt but has a similar appearance, of a white crystalline

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A Dose Of Salts!

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Dear Doc,

In the old-time days, people used to purge with Epsom Salts. Is this harmful doing it all the time? – Marston Dear Marston,

Epsom salts consists of magnesium and sulfate and obtained its name from a town called Epsom, in Surrey, England where it is found naturally occurring in sulphur springs. Interestingly, it is not actually a salt but has a similar appearance, of a white crystalline structure.

Epsom salts have been used commonly for muscle pains and aches. Magnesium is a co-factor in many regulations in the body such as muscle contraction. Therefore, magnesium deficiency has been associated with muscle cramps among a whole host of other symptoms. Intake of magnesium will result in increased bowel movement because of its effect in increasing the muscle contraction of the bowel wall. It works as a natural laxative.

• Magnesium deficiency has been linked to many conditions and even has been the result of prolonged used of drugs known as a proton pump inhibitors, which are often used in indigestion.

• Magnesium supplements, usually in the form of magnesium chloride, have been found to have many benefits including decreasing insomnia, as well as helping regulate blood pressure and glucose levels.

• Magnesium is naturally found in dark green leafy vegetables such as bok joy and kale to name a few.

• Magnesium in excess however can cause indigestion, cramping, bloating and diarrhea.

• Epsom salts is often used in a bath and therefore has less chance of causing side effects than when taken orally.

• Magnesium is no different to anything else, in that when taken in excess can have adverse effects. Follow the instructions and be guided by your physician and do not take more than recommWWWended.

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