Do Magnesium Baths Detoxify Your Body?

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Ever heard of the supposed detoxifying benefits of magnesium baths (also called Epsom baths)? While adding Epsom salt, a magnesium compound, to baths as a home remedy for muscle aches has been around for a while, I have not seen any research that confirms that the magnesium is the reason for the soothing comfort a warm bath can bring. Unfortunately the same lack of research applies to the claims of magnesium baths drawing toxins from the body.

If a detox is something that interests you, it is important to understand that first and foremost the body does a decent job of cleansing and purifying itself – especially if you help it along by eating a healthful diet and getting regular exercise. Other ways to promote natural detoxification include:

  1. Drinking more water as a way to increase urinary output
  2. Promoting sweating through the use of saunas or steam baths
  3. Helping to ensure regular elimination through a diet rich in fiber
  4. Stimulating your breathing through regular aerobic activity
  5. Taking milk thistle, an herbal remedy that supports liver metabolism

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