Also called Epsom salt, named after the town of Epsom where it is obtained from, the Epsom salt is a mineral compound of magnesium, sulfur and oxygen, in other words – magnesium sulfate.
In its pure form, the Epsom salt can be used as a laxative, for detoxification of the liver, bile, intestines and skin. It is applied externally (the salts are dissolved and then bath is taken) or internally (the magnesium sulfate is dissolved in water and then drunk).
The detoxifying effect of the Epsom salt is due to its high content of magnesium and and sulfur. The magnesium has the ability to remove the accumulated heavy metals and toxins from the organism, to stimulate the function of the pancreas, helping it to create additional food enzymes.
The sulfur, as well as magnesium, helps to cleanse the organism from harmful substances, helps to improve the look and elasticity of the skin, hair, strengthens the joints and other.
How can you cleanse your body with Epsom salt?
Before we share some of the most popular ways of detoxification with Epsom salt, we want to tell you the following:
- In order to achieve the desired effect, the magnesium sulfate intake has to be made according to precise proportions and at the right time;
- The Epsom salt has a bitter taste and it always should be diluted with liquid;
- If you suffer from kidney failure, bradycardia or hypotension, the detoxification with Epsom salt is not recommended for you.
- The cleansing with magnesium sulfate is recommended to be performed at most twice a year, because the excessive use of Epsom salt may lead to calcium deficiency in the organism, muscle weakness, arrhythmia, paralysis and other.
- If you are not completely sure that you can deal with the detoxification at home, the better option is to contact one of the many specialized detox clinics, where the procedure will be conducted by specialists, and you will be under constant supervision.
Cleansing of the intestines with Epsom salt
Before you start the detox, you must prepare your body for the cleansing. At least two days before the beginning of the detoxification with Epsom salt, experts recommend that you follow a vegetable diet that includes mainly cereals, fruits and vegetables.
The cleansing of the intestines takes place in the morning, on an empty stomach, and the dosage should be strictly observed.
Dosage: one teaspoon of Epsom salt is dissolved in ¼ L of hot water (the norm is 7 – 14 grams for 200 – 250 ml of water). If your solution is too bitter, you can add to it a few drops of lemon juice.
After consuming the magnesium sulfate you should not eat food at least one hour and a half. This time is required in order the magnesium to start performing its cleansing activity.
Effect of the detoxification of the intestines with Epsom salt
The effect of Epsom salt starts within 30 to 90 minutes, and it is active from the first dosage intake. All slags and toxins that are stuck to the intestines walls are removed and eliminated from the organism only after one to three visits of the toilet.
The process of cleansing of the intestines with magnesium sulfate can be followed maximum from one to 3 days in a row, then it must be terminated and the feeding process should be started, as it includes mainly cooked or stewed vegetables, salads, herbal teas, yoghurt dairy beverages and foods with high content of calcium.
Detoxification of the liver
In order to prepare a substance for detox of the liver you will need:
- Mineral water
- Four tablespoons of Epsom salt
- Half a cup of high-quality olive oil
- One or two pink grapefruits
Preparation: Before starting the detoxification with Epsom salt, take at least two days off from work and from other obligations that you have and which require you to go out of home. Don’t take any medications or vitamins.
- In the morning before the detoxification, eat something light for breakfast like fruit and tea, and for lunch you can cook something, or prepare a salad, or eat tomato with cheese. You can drink a glass of juice or tea, but nothing more.
- After 14.00 h don’t eat any food.
- Prepare the detoxifying drink by placing 4 full tablespoons of Epsom salt in a jug and cover them with 4 full glasses of water. Stir with a wooden spoon while the salts are completely dissolved and then place the jug in the refrigerator.
- At 18.00h drink a glass of the detoxifying drink.
- At 20.00h drink another glass.
- At 21.45h pour half a glass of olive oil into the mixer. Add the grapefruit juice and mix for a few seconds in order to obtain a homogeneous mixture.
- At 22.00h drink the prepared drink and immediately go to bed. Try not to move for 20 minutes, after that go to sleep.
- On the second day of the liver detoxification, get up at 6.00h and immediately drink a glass of the detox drink with Epsom salt.
- Two hours later drink the last dosis of the cleansing drink, and after two more hours you can start the feeding process.
Effect of the liver detoxification with Epsom salt
The Epsom salt intake helps you to detoxify your body from all accumulated in the liver toxins and heavy metals, it also has beneficial effect on the function of the bile and digestive tract, and reduces allerigies and rashes of the body and boosts the immunity of the organism.
Cleansing enema with Epsom salt
The enema is one of the fastest ways to cleanse your colon, to overcome constipation and gas, and to improve the defecation.
If you decide to try enema, it is good to know that if you overdo it, this may reduce the muscle tone of the anal sphincter. In some cases it is possible to lead to dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, intestinal damage, bleeding and other.
That is why we advise you, before trying the enema, to consult with a specialist.
Bath with Epsom salt
Perhaps the most pleasant and effective cleansing of the entire organism that you can do with magnesium sulfate, is to take a detoxifying bath.
When the Epsom salt dissolves in the water in the tub, a process starts called reverse osmosis, which has the unique property to extract all harmful substances out of the body, removing them through the pores of the skin.
In order to detoxify your body, taking a bath with magnesium sulfate, you will need to spend there about 40 minutes.
You can prepare the solution for the bath using 200 – 300 grams of Epsom salt. For a complete relaxation, you can add your favorite essential oil, and if you want to enhance the detoxifying effect, add to the water little ginger or hot pepper.
Effect of the detox bath with magnesium sulfate
Used externally, the Epsom salt deeply relaxes the lymph that is responsible for the elimination of toxins. During the bath, the skin absorbs the magnesium directly, thus reducing the magnesium deficiency in the body. Moreover, the Epsom salt bath reduces the tension, has toning effect, reduces the puffiness and fluid retention, deals perfectly with cellulite.
Contraindications on the use of Epsom salt
Despite its countless beneficial effects, magnesium sulfate has also contraindications that you must know before using this compound for detoxification.
The use of magnesium sulfate for detoxification is not recommended for nursing mothers, for children under the age of six, for people with kidney failure, or for people who have suffered cardiac diseases.
Side effects of the use of Epsom salt
Among the most common problems encountered when taking Epsom salt, are abdominal spasms and problems of the intestinal mucous membrane, which in some cases may lead to increased sweating, constant thirst, hot flushes, hypotension, sedation, bad mood, nausea, vomiting, muscle weakness and other.
If you experience some of these negative effects, it is good to terminate the detoxification and start the feeding process.