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Why You Should Use Magnesium Flakes Instead of Epsom Salts 

You’ve certainly heard of using Epsom salts for a variety of things, some of the most popular being to soak in the tub after a long day or if you have sore muscles. But have you heard of magnesium flakes?

Magnesium flakes differ from Epsom salts for several reasons. However, before we get into why magnesium flakes take the cake over Epsom salts, let’s take a closer look at why people use Epsom salts so we can better understand why magnesium flakes triumph!

Why People Use Epsom Salts

People use Epsom salts for a variety of reasons. Epsom salts get their name from a place called Epsom, which is in England where the salt is naturally found. It’s been used for hundreds of years to help ease aches in the body, including arthritis, sore muscles (such as from a workout), sports injuries, bruises, even sunburn and insomnia! When the salt is introduced to the water, it separates itself into the two compounds from which it was made: magnesium and sulfate. These are absorbed through your skin and help you to heal.

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A note of warning: pure Epsom salt is best. While the fancy scented kinds look pretty and relaxing, the dangers of inhaling that fake fragrance are far costlier. Add your own essential oils to your bath of salts to help relax you! Lavender is an extremely popular and affordable essential oil that will last for a while and you just need a few drops in every bath to make your experience even more relaxing!

Magnesium Salts Are Better Absorbed Than Epsom Salts

Magnesium salts, unlike Epsom salts, are made out of magnesium chloride, and people argue that the body better absorbs these salts as opposed to Epsom salts. Magnesium plays many key roles throughout the body: it’s important for muscles, nerve communication, your heart and bones, proper sleep, and even your skin.

Magnesium chloride comes from the sea, and people benefit from this type of magnesium because it’s easily absorbed through the skin. This also means that the magnesium won’t have to go through your digestive tract, therefore it avoids being subjected to our wonderfully acidic stomach acids. Magnesium chloride is better absorbed through the skin than it is when you take it internally, therefore leading to more health benefits, faster. Fascinating!

The Benefits of Using Magnesium Flakes

Magnesium chloride flakes have many benefits! They include:

Sleeping better. Magnesium can help you relax and sleep better.

Managing stress. Don’t stress—relax with a magnesium bath. You’ll be calmer afterwards!

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Smell better. Some people have experienced “clean” sweating after using magnesium flakes, therefore eliminating the need for deodorant.

Clear up your skin. With problems like eczema, dry skin, and acne!

Better circulation. Goodbye, cold feet!

Achy muscles and joints. Magnesium is famous for helping soothe muscle cramps as well as aching muscles post-workout. It can even help with arthritis!

Get more nutrients. Helps heal the gut so that you can better absorb nutrients.

Ease headaches. Magnesium flakes can help take away your headache.

Heal easier. Magnesium chloride can encourage your body to heal.

These are just a few benefits of getting a boost of magnesium from a simple twenty or thirty-minute soak in the tub! You can also use magnesium flakes in the numerous other forms that they come in.

Forms That Magnesium Flakes Come In

Magnesium chloride comes in different forms for your convenience. Some of these forms include:

Flakes. For your bath!

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Magnesium oil. Not technically an oil, but can be made into a spray to spray directly onto your skin with this recipe! http://www.foodrenegade.com/how-make-magnesium-oil/

Gel. Some brands make a magnesium gel combined with aloe vera. This could be the perfect post workout massage buddy!

Lotion. Get a magnesium lotion? Yes, way! Beneficial for sore muscles, clearing up acne, and promoting relaxation.

Choose the form that’s best for you or get a few different kinds so that you can experience the benefits of magnesium chloride anywhere, anytime!

Many people are deficient in magnesium, and by getting your magnesium from magnesium flakes, you can help your body to quickly absorb this powerful trace mineral that’s often overlooked in our diets. Sleep better, soothe tired muscles, manage stress, and do many more amazing things with these bath flakes. They’re more easily absorbed than the magnesium in Epsom salts, and you’ll be amazed at how great you feel after spritzing some of this on or taking a bath at the end of the day. Enjoy!

 

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Jenn Ryan is a freelance writer and editor who's passionate about natural health, fitness, gluten-free, and animals. She loves running, reading, and playing with her four rescued rabbits.
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