Happy Friday folks. I'm just back from a lovely holiday with the my other half in Acharavi, Corfu. 5 days of just relaxation, reading, amazing food and wine. I always feel amazing after a relaxing holiday and that is due to more than just chilling on the beach and sipping on local wine.
Every time I visit a warm country that allows me to top up on vitamin D and of course, a golden tan, I try to spend some time in the blue salty sea to cool down after some sunbathing and of course, for all the amazing health benefits. Many of you have probably had a salt bath at home, just for the pure pampering or for some sort of health benefit. There's been countless of studies proving that the ocean and mineral-rich water has some incredible healing properties. But do you actually know all benefits of taking a pampering salt bath or a dip in the ocean?
Sea salt is packed with essential minerals
In order for our bodies to achieve optimal health, we need 60 essential minerals on a daily basis. Minerals can be found in the soil, lakes, river and of course, the ocean. Since before recorded history, man craved and consciously consumed minerals including the major minerals and trace minerals, in form of clays, salts and animal tissue such as bones and meat or colloidal mineral-rich plants. Minerals are the currency of life and just as essentials as vitamins. The chances that us humans getting all our minerals through diet alone, without taking supplements. is pretty slim. Our soil has sadly been depleted of many essential minerals over the years, resulting in less mineral rich fruits and vegetables. Having a bath in mineral-rich water can add to our mineral stores and keep our bodies healthy and happy.
Treat skin conditions and improve your skin
One major thing that the sea salt can help you with is to treat skin issues and conditions. Whether you suffer from acne, psoriasis or eczema, minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium, helps to absorb toxins and bacteria. Salt helps to decrease oil production - oily skin can cause to clogged pores and not so great skin! You have probably noticed that you always go home with a much more beautiful face than when you arrived on holiday.
The salt and minerals help to open up your pores and the sand also acts as an exfoliator, getting rid of dead skin cells - giving you super super soft skin. When you're in the sea (or bath), give your face a gentle massage in circular motions, this is especially great if you have sensitive skin and can't use typical exfoliators.
Antibacterial, wound-healing and antiseptic
If you have any cuts or wounds - minerals such as sodium and iodine can increase wound-healing. Although you may also be exposed to potential bacterial infections.
Salt water is antibacterial and can be used as a mouthwash! But be careful not to swallow it. Ideally bring some saltwater home with you and mix it with some warm water.
If you suffer from hay fever or inflammation and infection of the sinuses, saltwater is cleansing, the body has its own fluid on the lining on the airways and saltwater mimics our own body fluid and clear of symptoms.
But wait, there's more!
As I mentioned earlier, minerals are crucial for optimal health and the body has its ways of showing if you are deficient. We absorb minerals through our skin and it has more benefits than just for our skin's appearance. Minerals have so many major functions in our body and here is a list of what symptoms/conditions that are linked to mineral deficiency:
Potassium: Muscular weakness, mental apathy
Magnesium: Muscular weakness, depression, menstrual migraine, neuromuscular problems, tremors, anorexia, asthma, anxiety, dry/damaged skin
Manganese: asthma, loss of libido, infertility
Calcium: Hypertension, kidney stones, panic attacks, haemophilia
Copper: Gray/white hair, dry hair, high blood cholesterol, hypo/hyperthyroidism, liver cirrhosis, varicose veins
Sulfur: Collagen loss, arthritis
Boron: Sex hormone imbalance, abnormal metabolism of calcium/magnesium, osteoporosis, arthritis, neural malfunction
Phosphorous: fragile bones, stiff joints, fatigue, loss of appetite, anxiety, numbness, irritability
(There are of course more symptoms that are linked to these mineral deficiencies - these are the ones most common ones)
Disclaimer, I'm not saying that if you start taking magnesium supplements it will cure your anxiety, there can be a lot more factors contributing to that problem, but it can for certain help with your issue or condition.
So swimming in the ocean is a great way to get a good dose of the essentials minerals your body needs. Or you can buy some good bath salts and have a nice pampering bath on these cold nights.
I'm sure you all want to go and have a salt bath so here's links to my favourite salts!
Dead sea salt - best if you suffer from skin conditions (acne, eczema, psoriasis, dry/damaged skin), anxiety/depression
Epsom salt - for muscle relaxation, reduce fluid retention, great for sports injuries and recovery
Himalayan Salt - for complete detoxification - help support nutrient absorption, balance the body’s pH, increase circulation and eliminate toxins.