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Israel's Dead Sea, and It's Benefits

The Dead Sea has always been one of the world’s oldest health retreats. People come from all over the world just to spend a couple days revitalizing themselves and their bodies ailed with health problems.

Here are a few treatments available and what you may experience if you were to visit the Dead Sea in Israel. If your body is feeling a little worse for wear, Dead Sea Magnesium Chloride is right for you.

Treatments

Balneotherapy and Thalassotherapy are treatments during which patients bathe in the Dead Sea region’s mineral spring waters. Twenty-one different minerals, twelve of which are not found in any other sea or ocean on earth. And these two therapies, combined with the dry air, and consistent high temperatures, provide relief of arthritic pain.

There is Pelotherapy, as well. Where therapeutic mud is applied, which contributes to pain relief. Message therapy is used in conjunction with this to provide a relaxed, incredible message.

Climatotherapy is used to treat respiratory conditions without the need for artificial devices. Asthma, cystic fibrosis, and other lung diseases can be alleviated thanks largely to the higher oxygen content, higher barometric pressure, low humidity and low content of pollens and other allergens in the area.

Climatotherapy and Heliotherapy used to treat coronary function, hypertension, and even depression. Seasonal affective disorder generally affects individuals who live in northern climates where daylight gets shorter in the winter. Conventional hospital treatment is phototherapy. In the Dead Sea region,  the sun shines an average of 330 days annually, providing sufferers with exposure to natural light while allowing them to enjoy a relaxing vacation.

Studies

A study conducted by the Cardiac Institute of Benei Zion Hospital in Hafia concluded that it was safe and beneficial for patients suffering from impaired coronary function to visit the Dead Sea, Israel region, located 400 feet below sea level. According to the study, both heart performance and oxygen saturation levels improved in all patients.

A further study on two groups of patients who were candidates for open heart surgery was conducted. One group of patients spent three weeks before surgery in the Dead Sea region, while the second group spent the three weeks prior to surgery at sea level. After surgery it was found that the group who had spent the pre-surgery time below sea level had no change in heart-rate whereas the group who had spent the pre-surgery time at sea level showed certain signs of impaired heart function. The recovery of patients who had undergone bypass surgery was positively influenced by their stay in the Dead Sea as well.

The mud of the Dead Sea is recognized as a good stimulant of blood circulation. A large group of 72 hypertensive arthritic patients was observed during treatment in the Dead Sea region and these patients showed a slight lowering of both systolic and diastolic blood pressure rates. There were no adverse responses noted in response to the balneotherapy for their arthritis.

 Why the Dead Sea?

Magnesium is important for both combating stress and fluid retention, slowing skin aging and calming the nervous system. Calcium is effective at preventing water retention, increasing circulation and strengthening bones and nails. Potassium energizes the body, helps to balance skin moisture and is a crucial mineral to replenish following intense exercise. Bromides act to ease muscle stiffness and relax muscles. Sodium is important for the lymphatic fluid balance (this in turn is important for immune system function). So we can see that bathing in high quality sea salt could replenish the minerals which are critical to our skin metabolism.

Studies have been conducted on the health benefits of bathing in Dead Sea salts. One such study was conducted by Dr. I. Machtey on 103 patients suffering from osteoarthritis and tendinitis. Patients were either treated with baths of 7.5%, 2% or 0.5% Dead Sea salt concentration. Improvement was found after as little as one week of treatment for those treated with 7.5% or 2% salt baths. By the study’s end, 80% of the patients reported less pain; 70% experienced improved mobility and 60% were able to decrease their use of analgesics.

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