Q: It’s summer and we’re swimming a lot. How to we deal with chlorine?
In case you didn’t know, chlorine is not good for you. It’s used as a disinfectant in our water supply and pools because it kills those little buggers that can make you sick, but it is, in fact, a toxin. The idea behind its use is that we bigger buggers can handle a little bit of toxin and clear it out. However…some of us and some of our kids are really topped out when it comes to toxins and toxin clearance. A dip in a public pool can push some kids with compromised detox over the edge.
What to do? Epsom salts.
It’s by far the most frequently recommended remedy. I’ve used Magnesium Sulfate cream from Kirkman Labs and straight Epsom salts in the bath tub. I start with a cup in a tub full of water and maybe toss in half a cup of baking soda as well.
This is the brand an acquaintance swears is the cleanest:
You can find it on iHerb.com. It’s the brand stocked in Northern California Whole Foods stores. I buy Epsom salts in bulk from Costco because we use several cups at a time.
And for the DIYers out there, make your own.
How does it work? My understanding is that it delivers sulfate right through the skin, which the body can use. Dr Rosemary Waring in the UK postulated that kids with autism might have a deficiency in a key detox pathway that uses phenol sulphur transferase (PST), an enzyme that is essential to the breakdown and clearance of toxins in the body, due to a lack of sulfate molecules. Epsom salts can address that directly.
It also delivers a mighty generous dose of magnesium that can be very calming if your kiddo gets wired from a toxic exposure.
Edited to add: A friend of mine also suggested using a Vitamin C spray. Dissolve 1 tsp of powdered Vitamin C in water and use a spray bottle to apply.
So, dive in and enjoy summer time at the pool!