Is Epsom Salt Good for Detox and Weight Loss?

In this brief article, we will address the query “Is Epsom Salt Good for Detox and Weight Loss?” Additionally, we will present relevant information such as the usage of Epsom salts, the possible side effects and what are other strategies for detox and weight loss.

Is Epsom Salt Good for Detox and Weight Loss?

No, Epsom salt is neither a good nor a healthy ingredient for detox or weight loss. Actually, it could be severely dangerous and even cause death if you take an overdose. Unfortunately, there is the popular belief that Epsom salts are good for alleviating constipation, detox, and weight loss (1,2).

What is Epsom Salt and for What it is used?

Epsom salt is magnesium sulfate, even though it is an essential micronutrient with antioxidant properties and needed for correct metabolic functions, the excessive intake of magnesium can be dangerous (3).

Epsom salts have different usage across many industries (4,5,6):

  • In hospitals from Latin America, Asia, and Africa, magnesium sulfate is commonly used by doctors for alleviating eclampsia and preeclampsia, however, it is not a recognized or official treatment.
  • It is used as fertilizer to improve crops growth and development.
  • In physiotherapy, there is speculation (but actually non-conclusive results) about its topical application to reduce muscular and articular pain.
  • Magnesium sulfate is used for food production, it can develop texture, salty taste (for reduced or low-sodium products), and aids to improve fermentation efficiency (i.e.: in beer production).

What are the Possible Side Effects of Drinking Epsom Salt?

Magnesium, in adequate doses, can regulate the transport of potassium and calcium (minerals essential for muscle contraction). A hypermagnesemia caused by high intake of Epsom salt can cause severe damages to heart contraction, leading to a possible myocardial infarct (1,2,3).

Are There any Possible Beneficial Effects of Drinking Epsom Salt?

Currently, there is no scientific evidence to support beneficial effects on constipation, detox, or weight loss from drinking Epsom salts. 

What are Alternative Strategies for Detoxification and Weight Loss?

The best strategy you can follow for detox and weight loss is eating a complete and healthy diet (7). A healthy diet will ensure an optimal nutrition with the following nutrients:

  • Fiber: fiber is a non-digestible carbohydrate that is actually, the best component in the diet to alleviate constipation, prevents colon cancer, and prevents infectious gastrointestinal diseases. Fiber also provides satiety, which is important for reaching a calorie deficit (8).
  • Antioxidants: there is a vast variety of antioxidants in foods, for instance, polyphenols, betains, anthocyanins, and carotenoids. All antioxidants are excellent for detoxing your body, boosting your immune system, and preventing diseases such as cancer (9,10).
  • Vitamins and minerals: vitamins and minerals are essential for a correct metabolism, prevent diseases, and a good growth and development. Some vitamins like B vitamins are involved in neurological and cognitive development (and protection) (11).

Conclusion

In this brief article, we addressed the query “Is Epsom Salt Good for Detox and Weight Loss?” Additionally, we presented relevant information such as the usage of Epsom salts, the possible side effects and what are other strategies for detox and weight loss.

References

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  1. Qiu Z, Esan EO, Ijenyo M, Gunupuru LR, Asiedu SK, Abbey, Lord. Photosynthetic activity and onion growth response to compost and Epsom salt. Int J Veg Sci, 2020;26(6):535–46.
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