Health Benefits of Dead Sea Salt Part 2
General Skin Conditioning The skin is largest organ in the human body and is also the most vulnerable. Continued exposure to the elements, chemicals and aging all take there toll on the skin. Therefore it is important to support and nurture the skin in order to restore health and enhance function.
Common Skin Disorders Acne, psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema, dandruff, scabies and seborrhea are some of the most common skin disorders suffered by many people today. Psoriasis alone is said to affect 3% of the population to some degree. Most of us have had to deal with embarrassing white flakes on our scalps and have struggled to find a cure. Most of us have had cracked, dry skin and attempt to soften our arms and hands with greasy, thick creams that only work for so long. Our treatment of many skin conditions can be temporary and expensive at best, and dangerous at worst: many creams and lotions contain steroids or coal derivatives.
Acne is probably the most common skin disorder of all – 80-90% of all adolescents suffer from it. Acne, contrary to popular believe, is not caused by diet. Chocolate and greasy food aren’t to blame. Acne is caused by many factors and many involve internal processes such as stress and hormone fluctuations. Dead Sea salt is high in sulfur, and sulfur is a powerful cleanser that has been proven to treat acne effectively.
Dry skin is also all too common. Our skin becomes parched as a result of climate and lack of moisture, especially in the cold, dry months of winter. Dead Sea water is a wonderful treatment for dry skin, as it nourishes the skin and replenishes much-needed moisture.
Research has proven that soaking regularly in water enriched with Dead Sea salt can provide relief from these unpleasant skin disorders without any side effects (see spa therapy treatments). In fact, Dead sea salt has been recommended by the international psoriasis community and the National Psoriasis Foundation as an effective alternative treatment for the disorder.
Skin Allergies At some stage in our lives we all have suffered from rashes, sores, hives, itching, contact dermatitis or some form of allergic reaction. The high magnesium and bromide content in Dead Sea Salt is beneficial as an anti allergic due to its cleansing and detoxifying of the skin. Soaking in a bath filled with the mineral-rich salt a wonderful way to treat skin allergies and rashes.
Cellulite & Water Retention.
One of the best ways to combat water retention is to drink more water. Another way to detoxify the body is to bathe in Dead Sea salts. Dead Sea salt water contains potassium, which is an important mineral in the treatment of water retention.
Rheumatologic Conditions Arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, osteoarthritis, back pain, bursitis etc. have all been effectively treated withDead Sea salts and Dead Sea mud. The Dead Sea minerals are absorbed while you soak in a bath or apply the salts in mud form and are known to provide effective relief from joint swelling, soreness and stiffness. This is due to the minerals improving blood circulation, which is necessary in reducing inflammatory response. This is combined with powerful detoxifying agents and general muscle relaxant properties. When the mud or water containing the salt has been heated, the ability of the elements to penetrate and be absorbed into the system is increased.
Stress Stress has become a symptom of modern day life. We are busier than ever, packing our days and our psyches with to-do lists, high expectations and deadlines. Most of us can deal with small amounts of stress comfortably, however too much stress can affect physical & mental well-being. Symptoms can include increased heart rate; elevated blood pressure; tightness of the chest, neck and back muscles; headache; sleep disturbances; fatigue; susceptibility to minor illness; irritability and depression; to name but a few. Over the long term, stress can be dangerous and even deadly – stress is a contributor to our risk of heart disease, the number 1 killer in Australia.
Dead sea bath salts and mud treatments offer wonderful relief of these symptoms in several ways. There is nothing more relaxing than soaking in a tub of hot water. Your blood pressure will drop, your muscles will relax. Not to mention, you’ll have a moment alone! Time out for yourself and from the demands of the day is extremely important. Bathing in sea salts also works by increasing circulation and detoxifying your body by removing byproducts, which are formed during the stress.
Insomnia It is estimated that 25% of Australians suffer from insomnia. Prolonged sleep disturbance can leave you feeling tired and run down, which in turn can lead to greater vulnerability to illness and disease. Soaking in a hot bath cleanses and relaxes the body, making it easier to sleep without interruption. To assist with relaxing in order to fall asleep and to remove toxins, the Dead Sea bath salts and mud treatments can be very beneficial.