Epsom salts are regarded as a significant detoxification intervention practice for the GAPS Protocol because they are richly composed of both magnesium and sulphate.
Magnesium is highly regarded as a significantly important mineral in the body that provides numerous metabolic functions such as the production of energy, muscle and nerve function and the production of neurotransmitters.The relaxing effects of magnesium provide a calming reaction to the nervous system whilst also contributing to the functions of mood, mental function and energy levels. Many studies have shown a strong correlation between Magnesium deficiencies in autism and other GAPS conditions.
Further studies conducted by Dr. D Sarah Myhill shows that red cell magnesium levels are low in people with chronic fatigue syndrome, and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, however supplementing with Epsom salts have shown symptomatic improvements. This is also known to be true for other GAPS conditions especially for ADHD and other known behavioural problems. Whilst it is true that Epsom Salts can increase the magnesium levels in the body, vitamin D is necessary for the body to utilise it, hence the importance in following the GAPS supplementation protocol and supplementing with Fermented Cod Liver Oil.
Sulphate is important for detoxification, gut permeability and assists in regulating hormone production. Sulphate is needed to process salicylates, phenols, chemicals and heavy metals. People with little or no ability to produce sulphate, therefore struggle to detoxify these chemicals and result in unpleasant tantrums, aggression, sleep problems, hyperness, night sweats, skin conditions like eczema etc. Sulphate is needed to detoxify chemicals contained in certain foods we consume, medications we use or environmental fumes we ingest. Lack of sulphate results in toxic injury. Many studies support the notion that autism and GAPS related conditions have depleted levels of sulphate in the body and therefore would benefit from the absorption of sulphur in the form of Epsom Salt baths.
Studies on the benefits of Epsom salts have shown the following outcomes
- Reduce the affects of stress
- Improve sleep
- Assist in muscles and nerves function
- Regulate enzyme activity
- Prevent hardening of the arteries and blood clots
- Improve the effectiveness of insulin
- Reduce inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps
- Flush toxins
- Improve absorption of nutrients
- Help form joint proteins, brain tissue and mucin proteins
- Help prevent or ease migraine headaches
- Bathing in Epsom salts is a safe and easy way to increase sulphate and magnesium levels in the body.
Methods for Supplementing Epsom Salts.
Bathing in Epsom salts is a safe and effective way to increase sulphate and magnesium levels in the body. Dr Natasha Campbell-Mc Bride suggests using ½ to 1 cup of Epsom salts per bath, however others have reported good results from one to two cups per tub but I feel it depends on how much water you use. A study by Dr RH Waring revealed that most people found maximal benefit by bathing 2 or 3 times/week, using 500-600g Epsom salts each time. Simply dissolve the salts in hot water first and then fill the tub to about waist deep, as warm as possible. Sulfate is thought to circulate the body for up to 9 hours. Simply pat dry after your bath so that your skin continues to absorb any residue left on the skin. When following the GAPS detoxification protocol, it is best to have at least two Epsom salt baths per day. one in the morning and one at night.
If the salts become itchy or irritating on the skin, just rinse it off and dry normally. If the skin feels too dry, use coconut oil to moisturize. Drinking the Epsom Salts may result in Diarrhoea or loose stools and this is not generally encouraged.
Regardless of salt ratio suggestions, you may tamper with the levels to find what works best and this can depend on the individual tolerance and water temperature. Severe deficiencies can reveal negative reactions, such as irritability or hyperactivity, and this will indicate the need to decrease the amount of salts until they can be better tolerated. You may need to start with as little as one tablespoon of salts, and work up gradually. Epsom salts baths are very calming for most people and it is relaxing to have a bath before bed.
Any Epsom salts left on the skin may continue to be absorbed as long as it is still on the skin, offering continuous ‘timed-released’ input into the bloodstream. I put 1.5 to 2 cups of Epsom salts in a separate container with very hot water to make sure it all dissolves properly and then I add this to my hot bath. Soak for about 20 minutes or more. Some people like to add pure baking soda and essential oils to enhance benefits and relaxation effects. You can also do a foot bath of hot water and Epsom Salts if you do not have a bath.
There are many grades of Epsom salts on the market. Lower grades often use harmful chemicals and heavy metals in the production process and should be avoided. It’s best to use brands that you can trust.
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