Which Salt Should I Use ?
We often get asked this question
…and is usually Magnesium related.
We discover we are in need of Magnesium, but then are confused as to the best product choice. Choice is great, but at times it overwhelms us!
So this article will cover 4 of our Magnesium products and the benefits each can offer.
– Epsom Salt (ES) The chemical name for ES is Magnesium Sulphate (Sulfate). When ES is dissolved into bath water it supplies both Magnesium and Sulphates to the body.
– Magnesium Chloride (MC) When MC is dissolved into the bath water it supplies both Magnesium and Chlorides to the body.
– Dead Sea Salt (DSS) When DSS is dissolved into bath water it supplies primarily Magnesium and Potassium Chlorides, and a host of trace elements to the body.
– Two Salts (TS) Two Salts is unique to Blants as a blend of Magnesium Sulphate and Sodium Bicarbonate. When TS is dissolved into bath water it supplies Magnesium, Sulphates, and Sodium Bicarb to the body.
Every Salt is different, yet you may notice every combination contains Magnesium.
Sufficient Magnesium is absolutely vital for a healthy body, and yet Magnesium deficiency is rife in many cultures today with many folk suffering needlessly because of it. Literally whole books are written on Magnesium in the body.
Magnesium relieves muscle cramps and spasms and can greatly enhance sleep and nerve function by regulating electrolytes. It helps to regulate the activity of more than 325 enzymes and performs a vital role in many bodily functions, from muscle control and electrical impulses to energy production and the elimination of harmful toxins. It is necessary to maintain proper calcium levels in the blood and to metabolise calcium elsewhere in the body.
Magnesium is necessary for the body to bind adequate amounts of serotonin, a mood elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of well-being and relaxation.
It really does all these! Some of its properties like the regulation of 325 enzymes may not be so perceptible in our day to day life, although vital to our wellbeing. Other benefits such as relief from muscle cramps, spasms, twitches, restless leg or sleeplessness are very perceptible. If Magnesium deficiency is the underlying cause of these symptoms, it is amazing how quick these symptoms dissipate after Magnesium Baths.
Magnesium is the trump card!
But those other elements the Magnesium binds to are also very important to our wellbeing!
The Sulphates in Epsom Salts help detox the body of toxins, in particular phenols. All foods contain some phenolic compounds. However, some foods have a much higher content than others do. We have a sulfation pathway and if it is not functioning well we may not process out phenolic compounds as fast as we consume them. There is a cumulative effect. When the phenols start backing up in the system it can cause night waking, night sweats, irritability, eczema, and other skin irritations. Very common in autism, and also within the general community.
The Chlorides in Magnesium Chloride help regulate electrolytes in our body. Electrolytes are critical in allowing cells to generate energy, maintain the stability of their walls, and to function in general. They generate electricity, contract muscles, move water & fluids within the body, and participate in many other activities. Chlorides also assist digestion by assisting in the secretion of stomach acid. A low stomach pH is needed to break down food well.
Although Dead Sea Salt has very high concentrations of Magnesium and Potassium Chlorides it is also the trace elements that accompany these that make it a marvel. Some refer to it as a ‘Miracle Salt’ because of it’s reputation in relieving skin condition, in particular eczema or psoriasis.
Two Salts has all the benefits of Epsom Salt with Sodium Bicarbonate added. Sodium Bicarbonate (Bicarb) helps to correct pH imbalance by alkalising the body. This blend is truly soothing where lactic acid is the cause of tired, exhausted, painful muscles. Bicarb is also a natural deodorant so removes body odour and softens the skin. Some folk use Bicarb baths for detox.
It is said that some folk will metabolise one Salt better than an alternate Salt. When we are asked the question “which salt should i use”, we are usually presuming folk are seeking the benefit of the Magnesium and so suggest – if the budget permits, order a bucket of Epsom Salt and a bucket of Magnesium Chloride, and alternate between the two, week to week, and make a personal observation which may work best for you. If the budget does not allow for two buckets then why not start with Epsom Salt since it is the most affordable. Or it could be the properties of Dead Sea Salt or Two Salts are more appealing.
When it comes to the question of “which salt should I use”, there is seldom a definitive answer. We can only offer general comment and advise folk to do their research, ask their healthcare professional, and go with gut instinct!
We at Blants do hope this article will help you with that decision.