Fitness Tip! Are Mineral Baths Necessary?

Mineral baths are pleasant and relaxing, and because they promote relaxation and help alleviate stress, are health-enhancing as well. A centuries-old tradition in Europe and Japan, hot springs therapy is a widely accepted and popular treatment for musculoskeletal problems, as well as for high blood pressure, eczema and a variety of other complaints. The various minerals dissolved in natural hot springs have been credited with specific (although unproven) health benefits.

  1. Sulfur may relieve nasal congestion
  2. Calcium and sodium bicarbonate may enhance circulation
  3. Soaking in salt water is reputed to improve digestion

In addition, studies have suggested that lounging in a hot mineral spring can lessen the pain of arthritis, and relieve the pain and lessen the fatigue associated with fibromyalgia. Before taking a soak, make sure the water hasn’t been treated (such as with chlorine) and consult with your physician if you have any health issues or are pregnant.

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