I always knew I loved my epsom salt...

Jibber Jabber
By Jibber Jabber Latest Reply 2015-03-16 16:11:31 -0500
Started 2015-03-13 15:34:33 -0500

I soak in a nice Epsom salt bath at least 3X a week…just makes me feel good…who knew it was beneficial to diabetics…I swear the more I think I know the more I realize I know nothing…


22 replies

Homely54 2015-03-15 17:58:06 -0500 Report

Wish i soaked in it more often instead of showers, and being on the run out or in a hurry to go to bed. Epson salt really makes your nerves feel relaxed. I need to do more soaks.

GabbyPA 2015-03-14 09:08:03 -0500 Report

In our busy lives, we are depleted in magnesium a lot. That is why Epsom salts feel so good. I have not done a foot bath or a bath in it for a while, but I did just win a bag of Epsom salts. I feel one coming on.

I had no idea though that they helped us possible produce insulin.

rhett t
rhett t 2015-03-14 06:50:59 -0500 Report

I know what you mean about Epsom salt. It makes you feel soooo good. I Learn something everyday. This elderly lady had a scan on her head and all they could find was arthritis in her head. never thought about that being in head..

lilleyheidi 2015-03-14 02:30:00 -0500 Report

Before I hd knee surgeries, I used to soak in the tub with epsom salt and lavender essential oil it was so great, but I'm not sure it helped my diabetes. I just miss the being able to get in and out of the tub, just showers these days.

YankeeLady 2015-03-16 16:04:14 -0500 Report

I sure do understand! in the last 8 yrs? I have had 2 baths—ahhhh just showers - getting ready to get back to water therapy so I can use the hot tub a little —- hurray — my knees scream BUT they are better after losin g 50 lbs- duh?? ya think ? LOL

jayabee52 2015-03-14 02:00:22 -0500 Report

Howdy Jib Jab
in the Livestrong article to which you linked it says: "There has been little medical research done on the effectiveness of Epsom salt on assisting with relieving symptoms of diabetes." There are only 2 published reports on the use of Epsom salts that I have found Here ~ http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/articles/repo... and here ~ https://www.painscience.com/articles/epsom-sa... (a more humorous look into the discussion)

Seems as the old wives tales have been accepted pretty much carte blanche about Epsom salts.

God's best to you and yours

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-14 11:38:30 -0500 Report

Well there has been ZERO scientific studies as to how I react when my hubby gets stupid…yet I have TWO divorce decrees on record in NYC…yeah only two…just because the research isn't there doesn't mean it is an old wives tale…the FACT..the minerals are absorbed…FACT..those minerals are beneficil to diabetics…FACT..Epsom salts help with inflammation…Fact..Inflammation is a least partly to blame for many of the problems that dog diabetics…sorry Jayabee…but the FACT is Epsom salt bths are good for everyone…not just diabetics.. REMEMBER there was a time when little/no medical research was available on the results of carb restriction on treating diabetes…was THAT an old wifes tail…I know how I feel when I get out of an Epsom salt bath…and how I feel hasn't been scientifically researched at all…wink wink…

YankeeLady 2015-03-16 16:07:02 -0500 Report

wink wink — I like that !! no one but you knows how YOU feel when you get out of your bath other than what you say— that's fine with me—LOL — if your body feels better ?? gr8 — get to it !!

jayabee52 2015-03-14 13:52:58 -0500 Report

Jib Jab
Do you have the proof that what you claim is real or accurate?

Yes there were times when there was little research into carb restriction, but that was then and there have been several studies done on just that question which have settled that question in my mind at least.

If you wish to believe these things about the use of Mg salt bath you are quite welcome to do so.

My original point was to Pegsy who wondered if she could go off her Mg suppliments.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-14 14:20:49 -0500 Report

The proof that it is good is all over the internet…we have all read it and know the benefits of magnesium…meanwhile I didn't answer pegsy because I don't know that is something she needs to ask someone far more knowledgeable than I …unlike some who like to answer questions I never pretend to know everything.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-03-13 16:42:23 -0500 Report

Hi JIB jab,
I can no longer get in or out of a bathtub. But if I could I would

buy some epsom salts and soak away. As it is I use epsom salt
and mouth wash and soak my feet. The dead skin flies off and leaves
your feet so soft. Very relaxing also. VL

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-03-15 16:58:32 -0500 Report

wow, now that sounds awesome. I can't wait to try that. :) I ask my doctor once about using Epson salt and she told me it was bad for people with diabetes. I don't understand that, as long as I don't eat it (LOL) I don't get how it's bad for us. But I think I will get it another go, I really like the salt and mouth wash idea. :)

Pegsy 2015-03-13 15:55:21 -0500 Report

When my daughter was pregnant with her first child, she developed high blood pressure. Her midwife had her take daily soaks in the tub with epsom salts. It worked wonders. Now she continues to do this because she finds it so relaxing and says it softens her skin.

I think this is a habit I need to consider. If I start soaking in epsom salts, I wonder if I could/should stop taking my magnesium supplement. I take it every evening to help relax me for sleep and prevent muscle cramps.

YankeeLady 2015-03-16 16:11:31 -0500 Report

HI- when I lived near the ocean and went in quite often? it did indeed soften my skin — took me awhile to realize that's what did it !! NOW — I only live 50 miles from Ocean but the humidity here kills my arthritis— so I'm headed to Arizona in the next few months —have a best friend there

jayabee52 2015-03-14 01:49:42 -0500 Report

Howdy Pegsy
from what I have read probably shouldn't stop the suppliment. Whatever Mg you absorb through the skin is minimal and is excreted with the urine See the study posted here ~ http://www.epsomsaltcouncil.org/articles/repo... You might find the article here amusing as well ~ https://www.painscience.com/articles/epsom-sa...

So according to these articles, stay with your suppliment.

haoleboy 2015-03-15 17:39:49 -0500 Report

The conclusion of the study cited was: "Bathing in Epsom salts is a safe and easy way to increase sulfate and magnesium levels in the body". (conclusion based on bathing 12 minutes per day for 7 days)
It also surmised that the EXCESS magnesium was flushed out via urine as OPTIMAL levels were present in the blood. It would have been nice had they studied what the effect would have been on individuals that were Mg deficient, but …
More research would be nice but not likely to happen as there would be little commercial gain and not a significant health gain.
I see its greatest advantage for diabetics being stress relief, something we could all benefit from.


YankeeLady 2015-03-13 15:44:19 -0500 Report

wow— this is great to know !! like you say the more I learn about D ? the more I realize I don't know as much as I think !! wish I could get in and out of the tub and I would sure do this — maybe it would help my dry skin also !! thx

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