Epsom salt crosses skin barrier: a study

A study for those who cannot believe that soaking in Epsom salt can affect your magnesium levels.  So many people who wear patches to quit smoking or  lidocaine patches (or stronger) to control pain roll their eyes at the suggestion that soaking in magnesium sulfate could increase your levels of …magnesium and sulfate. 🙂 Here you go! Love this!! 

I have had slightly higher inflammation levels this week and I have been doing a lot of soaks.  Incidentally, when I first started to really improve after surgery, it was right after i started Epsom soaks several times a week.  I do not regularly do them several times a week but certainly when I feel a bit off and that my body is starting to feel more inflamed, I head to CVS for a big bag of Epsom Salts.  

This pops up as a pdf so here’s the meat of it:

Report on Absorption of magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts) across the skin
Dr RH Waring, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham. B15 2TT, U.K.

Magnesium

Magnesium levels in blood are very tightly controlled. Of 19 subjects, all except 3 showed a rise in magnesium concentrations in plasma, though this was small in some cases. The values before the first bath were, mean 104.68 ± 20.76 ppm/ml; after the first bath the mean was 114.08 ± 25.83 ppm/ml. Continuation of bathing for 7 days in all except 2 individuals gave a rise to a mean of 140.98 ± 17.00ppm/ml. Prolonged soaking in Epsom salts therefore increases blood magnesium concentrations. Measurement of magnesium levels in urine showed a rise from the control level, mean 94.81 ± 44.26 ppm/ml to 198.93 ± 97.52 ppm/ml after the first bath. Those individuals where the blood magnesium levels were not increased had correspondingly large increases in urinary magnesium showing that the magnesium ions had crossed the skin barrier and had been excreted via the kidney, presumably because the blood levels were already optimal. Generally, urinary magnesium levels 24h after the first bath fell from the initial values found after day 1 (mean 118. 43 ± 51.95) suggesting some retention of magnesium in tissues after bathing as blood levels were still high.Measurement of magnesium levels in urine 24h after the 7th bath gave values almost back to control levels.

Sulfate
Free inorganic sulfate levels in plasma rose in all subjects after bathing in Epsom salts (mean pre-bath, 3.28 nmol/mg protein ± 1.40, 2h after 1st bath, mean 5.59 nmol/mg protein ± 3.08). In some individuals, the level post-bath reached > 9 nmol/mg protein. The plasma levels after 7 days showed a mean of 3.57 nmol/mg protein ± 1.70, lower than the peak value, suggesting that sulfate stores in the body were being filled. Analysis of the urine samples again showed an increase in sulfate concentrations (pre-bath mean 623.74 ± 352.34 nmols/ml, 2h post bath 1093.30 ± 388.79 nmoles/ml, 24h after 1st bath 899.83 ± 483.16 nmols/ml. Sulfate excretion in urine in some individuals was only slightly higher after 7 days bathing than the pre-bath levels.

 (1.) “Report on Absorption of magnesium sulfate (Epsom salts) across the skin“, Dr RH Waring, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham. B15 2TT, U.K.

Epsom Salt bath benefits (i know, i know. yes, again).

  • Improved heart and circulatory health, reducing irregular heartbeats, preventing hardening of the arteries, reducing blood clots and lowering blood pressure.
  • Improved ability for the body to use insulin, reducing the incidence or severity of diabetes.
  • Flushed toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances.
  • Improved nerve function by electrolyte regulation. Also, calcium is the main conductor for electrical current in the body, and magnesium is necessary to maintain proper calcium levels in the blood.
  • Relieved stress. Excess adrenaline and stress are believed to drain magnesium, a natural stress reliever, from the body. Magnesium is necessary for the body to bind adequate amounts of serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of well being and relaxation.
  • Reduced inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps.
  • Improved oxygen use.
  • Improved absorption of nutrients.
  • Improved formation of joint proteins, brain tissue and mucin proteins.
  • Prevention or easing of migraine headaches.
 
Epsom salt soaks have been so important for my health and continue to help me in my quest to create a calmer me.  I use 2-3 cups per bath.  It soothes me better than even a few glasses of wine and i sleep like a baby after.

My favorite delivery just arrived.

10 el beez of epsom salt to calm my muscles, soothe inflammation, provide overall stress relief, detox me and regulate blood sugar levels (for when i have either a cupcake from Magnolia or ice cream sandwich at Joan’s later – something’s happening today).

I order this from Amazon. Sometimes i get free delivery with my Amazon Prime.Image

Quinoa for RSD symptoms

I just had a quinoa salad for lunch – the one that Whole Foods sells near the fresh soups. Quinoa is one of those things i convince myself tastes good because it’s so good for you. I am almost there with my self brainwashing.  Click the link to read all about the benefits but here are ones specific to us RSDers:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/juliewilcox/2012/06/26/7-benefits-of-quinoa-the-supergrain-of-the-future/

3. Quinoa contains Iron. Iron helps keep our red blood cells healthy and is the basis of hemoglobin formation. Iron carries oxygen from one cell to another and supplies oxygen to our muscles to aid in their contraction. Iron also increases brain function because the brain takes in about 20% of our blood oxygen. There are many benefits of iron; it aids in neurotransmitter synthesis, regulation of body temperature, enzyme activity and energy metabolism.

4. Quinoa contains lysine. Lysine is mainly essential for tissue growth and repair.

5. Quinoa is rich in magnesium. Magnesium helps to relax blood vessels and thereby to alleviate migraines. Magnesium also may reduce Type 2 diabetes by promoting healthy blood sugar control. Other health benefits of magnesium include transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth.

6. Quinoa is high in Riboflavin (B2). B2 improves energy metabolism within brain and muscle cells and is known to help create proper energy production in cells.

7. Quinoa has a high content of manganese. Manganese is an antioxidant, which helps to prevent damage of mitochondria during energy production as well as to protect red blood cells and other cells from injury by free radicals.

Happy New Year!

For the last five years New Years Eve and New Years Day has been a lot of me convincing myself that “this is going to be my year.”  It felt like I had a tough hill to climb and i could never see the other side – until now.

2012 was good to me. And in 2013 I will continue my quest to cure myself so i can then one day tell you i did it and maybe it can help someone out there who is in pain.  I’ve tried a lot of things and almost all of the natural things have helped as long as I listen to my body. 

I have said before, i believe RSD is caused by nutritional imbalance that shows itself upon injury and creates mind-blowing pain when the body is attempting to heal itself.  The body is essentially  stuck in an inflammatory response.  It is then made horrifically worse with medicines which have their own unintended nutritional consequences. Many of the drugs we take cause further nutritional deficiencies. There is no one thing that works because each of us is different, has a different diet, lifestyle etc.

I could be wrong…but based on what I have experienced, I don’t think I am.  I realize those of us who have suffered repetitive nerve injury may not fall into this category… except my nerve injury basically healed after a year.  Why didn’t my body chill out after that?

This week I have an appointment with a cardiologist who runs the IV nutritional therapy center. I am excited to discuss with him the potential for high dose C, K and magnesium – the three i am quite sure will help me.  If I saturate my cells with these vitamins, will that kick me into a remission? I hope to report back that it does.

 

 

A great health blog on magnesium.

A great health blog on magnesium.

“Being magnesium deficient can contribute to fatigue, stress, muscle cramps and spasms, and more.  Magnesium is extremely alkalizing so it can help reverse tissue deterioration.  This essential mineral is necessary for the body in order to maintain normal nerve and muscle function, build strong bones, and keep a healthy immune system.”  —  From the oolaboolah blog

I believe magnesium played a huge part of what helped me turn around in 2010.  I had so much difficulty walking.  My ankle muscles would not function (the nerves at L5 took the brunt of the hit from the rogue graft).  Remember: nerves control muscles.  Whether it’s spasm or lack of motor control,  magnesium really could help – a lot.  I take much of mine through my skin in the form of epsom salt baths.

I really do think that, along with Omega 3s, magnesium may be key to curing myself.  Even if it’s not the ticket, I really do love my baths.

Hmmm

Day of full body massage: awesome

Night of full body massage: ut oh.

Next day after fully body massage: Sh*t.

I can’t WAIT to see Dr Lee today for some moving cupping to stop these spasms! Tried epsom bath last night and even added cucumber to the water for the extra magnesium. No dice.

Dr. Lee held out on me until recently with this where he puts some oil on my skin and lightly moves the glass bulb for cupping along my skin. Best feeling ever and knocks out the crazy spasms in minutes.

Not going to cancel my next massage because i want to see if i can desensitize the nerves this way. Massage then cupping if the spasms hit.

Putting the fire out

A few things have helped me when the burning pain got to be too much: a shot of Toradol or a few days of diluted raw apple cider vinegar have shown the quickest change.  I think the ACV has actually worked better and i’ve felt close to remission this way. It just tastes like garbage and you really can’t drink it in those amounts for very long without making yourself sick (you can change the PH too much in your body).  Anyone have any other secrets for this pain?

I think this rainy weather or my detox has me thinking ACV today. I would do something cooling but my acupuncturist says I am cold in the inside (i know, dead on after the last post) and that the heat is in my skin (where the small nerves are). So doing anything too cooling can backfire on me on a cool day. I’m already treating the mechanism (the inflammatory response) with fish oil, turmeric, magnesium etc. but i feel it’s time to treat the symptom when i start feeling like this.