The connection between Epsom salts and diabetes is not a well known one.
Usually when people think about Epsom salts, they think of bath. However, these salts are
beneficial in the treatment of those conditions that are caused due to magnesium deficiency, such
as heart disease, osteoporosis, joint pain, strokes, arthritis, chronic fatigue and stress related
Epsom salt is magnesium sulphate and it is one of the most effective and easy
ways of fulfilling the magnesium requirement of the body. The human body needs magnesium to hold
together serotonin, which is a mood-elevating chemical released by the brain to relax us. However,
when our bodies are stressed or excess adrenalin is produced, the magnesium is drained from our
bodies. Magnesium also performs many other functions in our bodies. It helps to regulate the
activity of more than 325 enzymes. It also contributes in the proper usage of calcium by cells.
Furthermore, it is an electrolyte and ensures proper functioning of muscles and nerves. Epsom salts
are also useful for curing back pain and ordinary colds and congestion. It also heals cuts and
wounds and removes dead skin cells from the body.
Having adequate levels of magnesium can give the following advantages to the
1. Improve blood circulation and working of the heart
2. Reduce the risk of blood clots
3. Reduce the risk of diabetes by improving insulin usage of the body
4. Lower blood pressure
5. Prevent hardening of arteries
6. Give relief from pain and sore muscles and fibromyalgia
7. Reduce migraine headaches
8. Save from bronchial asthma
The best way to give your body Epsom salts is by adding them to your bath. These
salts are much better absorbed through skin and rather than by eating. A salt bath will cleanse
your body of toxins, soothe and relax your nerves and muscles and reduce any swelling. These salts
are great exfoliants and natural emollients.
diabetics need to consult a doctor before using Epsom
However, a word of warning for diabetic patients- too much magnesium in the body
can cause dramatic fluctuations in blood sugar levels. In addition to this, soaking your feet in
Epsom salt too often can cause your skin to dry out, resulting in circulation problems in the toes.
Hence, diabetics need to consult a doctor before using Epsom salt. If they use them according to
the doctor’s prescription, it can have advantageous effects for them. Patients of hypertension and
heart disease can also benefit from the use of Epsom salt but only after taking suggestion of their