Surprising Ways Epsom Salt Can Improve Your Life
I can recall vividly and count on one hand the migraine headaches I've had in my life, all of them before age 10. Once I turned double digits, I outgrew them -- until about two years ago.
With no warning at all, there I was back to my 8-year-old self, flat on my back with a raging migraine. Why then, after all these years?
In reading up on the latest findings on what might cause my migraine headaches, I discovered the importance of magnesium to overall health.
Turns out that an estimated 50 percent of the U.S. population may suffer from magnesium deficiency. This can cause all kinds of health issues, one of them being migraine headaches. One study, from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, concludes that all migraine patients should be treated with magnesium.
You could have knocked me over with a feather when I learned that common, ordinary Epsom salt is one of the richest sources of magnesium.
You can be sure that Epsom salt soaks have been part of my routine to boost my magnesium and hopefully continue to avoid migraines. In the nearly two years since I wrote about my recurring migraine experience, I have not had even the hint of another migraine.
Epsom salts, also known as hydrated magnesium sulfate (not to be confused with table salt, which is sodium chloride and not even close to the same thing) is plentiful, inexpensive and available at drugstores and supermarkets and online. It has dozens of other practical uses and health benefits, too!
--Sedative bath: Soak in a warm bath to soothe muscle pain and aches.
--Sleep aid: Because of its ability to soothe skin and relax muscles, Epsom salt can contribute to a good night's rest.