Are Epsom salts ok to use in spas? A warning:

Donot use Epsom salts in spas or swim spasEpsom Salts were first named for a saline spring in Surrey, England and have the chemical composition of Magnesium Sulphate which is an Alkaline chemical compound.

Epsom salts have long been thought to have a number of healing properties which is why many people find relief soaking parts or their entire bodies in Epsom salts.

That being said you should never add Epsom salts to your spa or swim spa. 

Here is why:

Salt levels above 1500 ppm can be corrosive in a spa depending on the pH. The recommended level to get the most from Epsom salts is 20,000ppm. Yes, you read that correctly. This means one of the metals will be corroded, quite often the heater element or parts of the pump.

Use Epsom salts in your bathtub or foot bath where you drain and change the water with every use.

More about healing salts:

The magnesium content in Epsom salts is transdermal (able to cross through the skin and into the body), and can help to relax sore muscles, irritated nervous systems, and to oxygenate the body.  

It is proposed that roughly 85% of all humans are magnesium deficient.  This, of course, leads to lower oxygenation in the body, which can make us more tired and less resistant to many harmful states.

The Sulphur component in the Magnesium Sulphate (Epsom Salts) is able to pass through the skin and helps to accumulate oxygen in the system while dissolving the lactic acid in the tissues.  This makes for less soreness and an overall greater feeling of wellness.  

There are many other countless health benefits including helping to alleviate skin problems, healing cuts or scrapes, treating cold and congestion in the bodies’ tissues, and drawing toxins from the body on many levels. 

Magnesium ions can help relax the mind reducing irritability by downregulating the effects of adrenaline on the nervous system.  Clinical studies show that Epsom salt can help balance electrolytes in your body, ensuring the proper functioning of the muscles, nerves and enzymes in the body. 

Magnesium can also help with calcium balances in the body that serve to conduct electrical impulses throughout the body.  Some studies and clinical use of Magnesium sulphate (Epsom Salts) has shown to improve the vascular system by increasing circulation, preventing blood clots, and reducing the possibility of heart attack and strokes.  The evidence in the last sentence is noted for things observed clinically but does in no way say that it prevents these health issues from occurring.  Proper levels of Magnesium sulphate have been seen to also assist with insulin efficiency in the body helping with insulin resistance and diabetes.

Use these salt for healing in your bathtub only and do not use them in your spa or swim spa.

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Dr. Kyle