Using Epsom Salts to Heal

Using Epsom Salts to Heal

Using Epsom Salts to Heal

Baths have been used for centuries for healing and relaxation in numerous cultures. Being in water has an incredible effect on the body and mood. While having a positive effect on the body, mind and the skin (our largest, most absorbable, organ). The human body is made mostly of water and that is why we are encouraged to drink plenty of it. But soaking in it is also extremely beneficial. We can enhance this by adding certain oils or salts to a bath or bathing in a natural body of water or pool, rich in naturally occurring minerals. Hot water opens our pores and causes us to sweat, which is the body’s natural way of cleansing itself.

How can you make your bath experience actually good for your health? By adding in some of salt, but not a typical salt that you eat. I’m referring to Epsom salt!

Epsom salt is named after a saline spring found in the borough of Epsom, England. But it is not actually salt—it’s a naturally-occurring mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. According to studies, magnesium and sulfate are both absorbed through the skin, which makes Epsom salt baths one of the easiest and most ideal ways to enjoy it’s health benefits. Sulfate helps with nutrient absorption, flushes toxins, and helps ease migraines. Sulfate also stimulates the pancreas to generate and digest enzymes that are thought to help detoxify the body from environmental contaminants. To prepare your bath for the ultimate healing experience, add in some Epsom salt. Here’s why:

Research shows that a lot of people lack this important mineral due to magnesium levels declining in our food and environment. Using Epsom salt in your bath and in beauty treatments is one easy way to improve magnesium levels. As a matter of fact, if Epsom salt is used on a regular basis, it can improve symptoms of conditions such as gout, athlete’s foot, sprains, nail fungus, and bruises. And if you’re dealing with chronic diseases or pain, consider adding Epsom salt to your baths routinely.

Further Health Benefits of Epsom Salt

1. Helps muscles and nerves function properly

Research shows that Epsom salt can help regulate electrolytes in the body, which ensures proper functioning of the muscles, nerves, and enzymes.

2. Helps prevent hardening of the arteries and blood clots

According to studies, Epsom salt is believed to improve hearth health and prevent heart disease and strokes by improving blood circulation and protecting the arteries.

3. Makes Insulin more Effective

An adequate amount of magnesium and sulfate levels can help increase the effect of insulin in the body to help with blood sugar dysregulation.

4. Relieves Constipation and Hemorrhoids

If taken internally, Epsom salt can act as a detoxifying agent to cleanse the colon. The salt will act as a laxative as it increases the water in the intestines and provides temporary relief of constipation. But I would not recommend this, because it can be more a purgative than you’d anticipate! But the heat of a warm bath can alleviate pain associated with hemorrhoids or anal fissures.

5. Eliminates toxins from the body

Since skin is highly porous, adding Epsom salt to your bathwater can pull salt and other harmful substances out of your body. So it’s great to do when you’re on a detox. Heating up the body allows the cells to release toxins more readily!

Creating your Epsom Salt Bath

Aim to soak in a warm Epsom salt bath for at least 40 minutes. The first 20 minutes will remove the toxins from the body; the body will absorb the minerals in the bath water for the last half of the bath. But if you start to notice you’re getting light-headed or nauseous, get out as it may be too much, too fast. How much Epsom salt you should add to the bath water is dependent on weight:

  • Children under 60 pounds: Add 1/2 a cup of Epsom salt to a standard-sized bath.
  • Adults between 60 and 100 pounds: Add 1 cup of Epsom salt to your bath.
  • Adults between 100 and 150 pounds: Add 1 1/2 cups of Epsom salt to your bath.
  • Adults between 150 and 200 pounds: Add 2 cups of Epsom salt to your bath.

Prepare the skin by exfoliating and stimulating lymphatic flow using a dry brush on the body prior to entering the tub. Focus on slow deep breaths while in the bath to ease the body further into relaxation. After the bath, while your skin is still warm and slightly damp, apply your favorite essential oil to seal moisture.

*Do not use Epsom salts if you are pregnant, dehydrated, or have open wounds or burns on your skin*

Jockers, D., “The remarkable health benefits of Epsom salt baths,” Natural News web site, November 2, 2013;
“Epsom Salt Uses & Benefits,” Salt Works web site,, last accessed July 28, 2015

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The Difference Between Oral and IV Vitamins

How IV Therapy Benefits You More Thank Oral Supplementation

What if there was one thing in your body that had the power to control the way you look, feel and think? And what if supporting this one thing was the key to unlocking everlasting health? Sound too good to be true? I’m here to tell you that not only is this a fact, but it’s this vital organ in your body that serves as a common denominator for most of today’s health problems. I’m referring to your gut.

The current Merck Manual lists 14 main gastrointestinal disorders, with up to 14 subdivisions within each of the principle groupings (Beers, 2006). Add to this the finding that many other disease states affect the gastrointestinal tract significantly, and both give us a strong reminder that our gut has a major influence on our health. Intravenous (IV) therapy can be a useful adjunct to the oral treatment of gastrointestinal diseases.

This is because by the time symptoms of disease have made their appearance, it is sometimes too late for oral vitamins and minerals to make much difference. Nevertheless, these same vitamins and minerals, given intramuscularly (IM) or intravenously, can benefit many diseases. We know that the health of the GI tract affects the overall health of all body functions and the well-being of every individual. We approach the problem of disease as a problem of the cell. What the cell needs to be maximally healthy is always found in nature. However, to be effective, these nutrients must be admitted into the cell.

When given in high concentration, IV or IM nutrients enter the cell by sheer force of numbers. Administering nutrients in a concentration great enough to force those nutrients into the cell by means of a high-concentration gradient as well as the ability of the cell wall to absorb them, is highly beneficial. Highly concentrated on the outside, the cell membrane is semi-permeable meaning that it admits the nutrients into the cell due to the high-concentration gradient that was created.

The only way to obtain this high concentration is by IV or IM administration. With the GI cells, the IV route is especially useful for this purpose, because it’s immediately absorbed. When oral absorption is not effective, the parenteral route proves to be the most effective option.

So if you find yourself suffering from any GI issues (gas, bloating, acid-reflux), hormone imbalances, hypothyroidism, menopause, Hashimotos, or even trying to prevent the common cold; an IV would be the best option for you. And for every one of my patients, I custom-make each and every IV, so that you get exactly what you need. No cookie cutter recipes in my office!

Heal your Gut and Detox with this Alkaline Juice Shot

Heal your Gut and Detox with this Alkaline Juice Shot

Detox Alkaline Juice Shot

A Simple Recipe to help Alkalize your Body and Heal your Gut

Cabbage is a great bowel cleanser. I use it often as part of my Naturopathic protocols in treating various gut issues and it’s always a happy recommendation for my detox programs. It holds two essential minerals – chlorine and sulfur, which are effective in treating GI problems such as bloating, GERD or acid reflux, and indigestion. It also contains a wealth of anti-inflammatory nutrients such as polyphenols and sulforaphane and vitamins K1 and B-vitamins.

Vitamin K1 is a fat-soluble vitamin most well known for the important role it plays in blood clotting and bone metabolism, but it’s also a known brain nutrient for helping to limit neuron damage in the brain. Most notably, cabbage contains tartaric acid which hinders conversion of sugar and carbohydrates into fat.

When my patients tell me that they are any sort of antacids such as Pepcid or Pepto Bismol, I immediately recommend cabbage juice instead. The reason is that the juice of a cabbage is one of the most healing nutrients for ulcer repair as it is a huge source of vitamin U (which is actually not a vitamin but an enzyme known as S methylmethionine). As a matter of fact, having a few teaspoons of cabbage juice before eating, or better yet, fermented cabbage juice from sauerkraut will do wonders to improve your digestion. So it not only help heal ulcers but also helps to benefit digestion.

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The second ingredient in my Detox-Alkaline Juice Shot is honey. Honey is known to mobilize extra fat in the body which it puts into circulation to be converted into energy. Contrary to popular belief, honey is not pure fructose. It contains trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids allowing it to have antibacterial properties as well. One of the reasons you’ll find it in many cough remedies.

And finally, the third ingredient in my Detox-Alkaline Juice Shot is lemon. It’s the perfect way to hydrate and alkalize the body. It has a very high amount of vitamin C which helps to boost the immune system but also minerals such as calcium and magnesium which make the juice alkaline as soon as it comes in contact with your blood.

Natural Solutions to Erectile Dysfunction

Natural Solutions to Erectile Dysfunction

Natural Solutions to Erectile Dysfunction

Getting to the Root of the Imbalance

If you are a man who’s suffered from bedroom issues you’ll know, erectile dysfunction (ED), can take a major toll on self-esteem and romantic relationships. While ED mostly impacts older men, age usually has nothing to do with it. If you suffer from any of the conditions below, they may be at the root of your performance problems.

Heart disease ~ For the majority of men with ED, cardiovascular problems such as arteriolosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, and high cholesterol are at the root of the issue. That’s because, to achieve an erection, the arteries must allow blood to flow throughout the body, not just in the penis. Anything that clogs up your arteries or narrows arteries is going to affect blood flow. Which leads us to the primary cause of heart disease….SUGAR.

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For men diagnosed with insulin resistance or diabetes, sugar is the main root of their problem with erectile dysfunction. When the body loses the ability to regulate sugar, it stores it in the vessels due to a process known as glycosylation. Think of this process as the build up of sugar making the blood more “sticky”, therefore leading to blockages in the kidneys, blood vessels (to the penis particularly), peripheral nerves and lenses of the eye.

Hormonal problems, such as thyroid dysfunction or pituitary tumors or malfunction, can lead also lead to ED.

Although testosterone deficiency plays a part, those hormone levels affect libido, not erectile function. If a man’s libido is low, that certainly can affect his erections, but it does it indirectly.

What’s more, it can be hard to tell whether ED is related to low testosterone, as men with low testosterone can also have symptoms like fatigue, and weaker erections. Whether or not that is related to testosterone deficiency or usual things like not sleeping enough, poor lifestyle and/or lack of exercise, is part of my job.

As a Naturopathic Doctor I have spent years decoding the mysteries behind the miraculous functions of the body. If you find yourself in any of the above situations, know that there is a natural solution. Contact the office to schedule your appointment to discuss your concerns and solutions further.

How your Diet Effects your Skin and Health

How your Diet Effects your Skin and Health

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If you find yourself allergic to certain foods and think that it’s only effecting your stomach problems, you’re wrong. Food allergies effect every aspect of your body, such as your immunity and your skin.

Below are some examples of various foods (pending an actual food allergy to them) that are known to cause painful and debilitating symptoms.

The inflammatory reaction to gluten in the gut could lead to severe small intestine damage, a location where acne is thought to originate. Evidence has shown that high-glycemic foods may be the trigger for inflammatory conditions, like acne.

Similarly, dairy can be problematic if you are prone to cystic breakouts in the chin and jawline area. Since most dairy cows are given growth hormones, the consumption of milk, cheese, and yogurt become factors that influence endogenous hormones and mimic the hormones that trigger oil production in the skin to ignite the acne process.

If you struggle with under facial and eye puffiness, eating foods high in sodium will encourage water retention under your eyes (resulting in excessive swelling of the eye tissue). It’s best to avoid salty foods especially at night and drink a lot of water to flush out your system.

How to help:

Step 1: Eat foods that contain antioxidants, such as avocados, berries, spinach, dark-skinned grapes, and cantaloupe. Antioxidants have the power to protect you from disease and slow the aging process, as they fight the free radicals in your body that can harm your cells.

Step 2: Load up on vitamin C every single day. If you’re looking to improve the appearance of your skin and slow down aging from inside out, the best ones to eat to get your daily vitamin C are dark, leafy greens, broccoli, cantaloupe, kale, sweet potatoes, red peppers, strawberries, oranges, tomatoes, and grapefruit.

Step 3: The best fish to eat is cold-water fish. Try to include sardines, tuna, mackerel, cod, herring, and trout in your diet whenever possible. All of these have the best essential fats for smoother, more moisturized skin, increased energy, and improved immunity.

For more information on how you can eat your way to a healthy skin and diet, contact us here to schedule your appointment to begin.

Hydrate Your Skin Naturally with these Skin Care Tips

Hydrate Your Skin Naturally with these Skin Care Tips

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Splash your face with cold water to reduce redness and puffiness. Fill your bathroom sink with cold water and toss in 15 ice cubes. Pour one-third of a cup of natural, alcohol-free witch hazel into the water and dunk! Repeat this for about five to ten times.

Why? Cold ❄️ temperatures shrink capillaries and stimulate drainage while witch hazel has natural anti-inflammatory, puffiness-reducing properties.

How does dehydration effect your skin? It depletes water and antioxidants out of the skin and also increases blood flow and dilates blood vessels, causing redness and puffiness.

Use hydrating ingredients to put water back into your thirsty skin cells. Most people think they need to over-moisturize by layering on a heavy, greasy cream, but really the focus needs to be about putting water back in the skin, not oil, since alcohol depletes mostly the water.

Drench thirsty skin cells and restore them to a healthier state with a Hydration IV. Contact us here, to schedule your appointment.