Reducing anxiety and chronic stress can be as easy as drawing a bath. The antidote: magnesium in the form of Epsom Salt. 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium. Once an abundant nutrient found in our soil, magnesium has rapidly declined in our environment leaving many doctors and scientists to believe that all people should be supplementing this essential mineral. Magnesium is necessary for proper cognitive function. In other words, if you want your brain to work as it should you must ensure your diet includes magnesium.
What depletes the body of magnesium?
- Lack of sleep
- Heavy sweating
- Alcohol consumption
- Carbonated beverages including soda
- Some prescription medications
- Diets high in refined sugar
What does deficiency look like in the body?
- Frequent headaches/migraines
- Tingling in the extremities
- Insulin resistance
- High blood pressure
- Muscle spasms
- Loss of appetite
- Increased anxiety
- Symptoms of depression
Before you supplement with magnesium you should consult your family doctor. As for a bath for children ages 6 and up, add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of Epsom Salt to warm water and soak for a minimum of 15 minutes. For adults, add 1 cup to 2 cups to warm water. Do not soak for more than once or twice a week as you can overdo magnesium in the body.
The physical and mental relaxation from an Epsom Salt bath will be felt immediately. Epsom salt is excellent in relaxing muscles once tense from a day’s worth of stress/anxiety. It’s best to enjoy before bed as you will be sure to get a good night’s rest. If insomnia is something you or your child struggle with: follow up with a nice cup of chamomile tea. Sweet dreams my friends!
I don’t love baths. How can I eat my magnesium?
- Unsweetened cocoa powder and cocoa nibs
- broccoli, turnip greens
- spinach, swiss chard, bok choy
- collard greens
- pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews
- raspberries, strawberries, watermelon
- coriander, chives, cumin seed, parsley, mustard seeds, fennel, basil and cloves.
- wild caught salmon