Magnesium Flakes Vs Epsom Salts - What's The Difference?
There seems to some confusion out there about the difference between Magnesium Flakes and Epsom Salts in the bath, so we're here to give you the lowdown.
The confusion arises because both products contain magnesium. However, they are two quite different forms of magnesium, and it's important to understand the difference when making your choice.
Basically, magnesium flakes contain Magnesium Chloride, while Epsom Salts contain Magnesium Sulfate. Both are used to treat a range of health issues.
Why Magnesium Is Magnificent
Before we get into those different uses, let's take a closer look at magnesium, and understand why it's such an important part of our bodies.
Magnesium plays a part in regulating more than 300 enzyme systems in our bodies, including blood glucose control, muscle and nerve functions, blood pressure, energy production, and more. It is crucially important to our health and survival.
Our bodies get magnesium from a variety of sources, including whole grains, dark leafy greens, bananas, fish, nuts, even dark chocolate. However, many of today's prescription medications - such as painkillers - and other factors can deplete our magnesium levels and cause health & wellbeing problems.
Magnesium In The Bath
This is where we get back to those magnesium baths - or salt baths. For they not only help us relax, and sooth tired limbs but, when you choose the correct form of magnesium, help top up our levels.
As the body's biggest organ, our skin can actually absorb and deliver the nutrients we need, and filter out toxins. It's pretty impressive!
While Epsom Salts are great for relieving muscle pain, the effect won't last long, as whatever is absorbed is rapidly excreted through the kidneys.
Magnesium Chloride on the other hand, is more easily absorbed into the body, and the effects are more intense and longer lasting.
It is generally agreed that, because the magnesium is being delivered topically, it works quicker than taking it orally. That said, it is still worth combining regular magnesium baths with a good quality magnesium supplement.
Sometimes people tell us that they tried a magnesium bath but it left them very dehydrated. When we dig deeper, we generally find that they were using Epsom Salts (magnesium sulfate) as opposed to magnesium chloride.
Prolonged exposure to magnesium sulfate can dehydrate the body, and even have a laxative effect - Magnesium chloride isn't necessarily our recommendation... We recommend both types of magnesium for different uses...
Epsom is great if you've just had a massage, or done a workout, or if you have a cold or headache and want to draw out toxins. Where as Magnesium flakes are more restorative and great for topping up our levels of magnesium.
Using magnesium flakes in your bath is great for:
- Muscle and joint aches
- Stress relief
- Headache relief
- Improved sleep
- Improved circulation
- Better nutrient absorption
- Faster wound healing
- Treating acne, eczema or other skin problems
- Improving skin hydration
Safe And Effective
A magnesium chloride bath is the perfect detox, drawing out toxins and negative energy, and restoring your cellular magnesium to its optimum level.
A great bonus is that magnesium chloride is environmentally safe, not irritating to the skin at the prescribed dose, harmless for tissues, and less toxic than common table salt.
If you really don't have time for long baths, try applying our Transdermal Magnesium Oil to ease muscular aches and pains. In an easy-to-use spray, why not keep a bottle in your gym bag!