The mineral water benefits come from the natural goodness from beneath the earth’s surface with which water become infused before it comes to the surface. This “Healing spring water” is the main healing factor in traditional spas in Europe practising Balneotherapy. In fact, the spa therapy idea came alive due to a healing mineral spring in Belgium.
The mineral properties of spring water vary from region to region and even from spring to spring, therefore each type of water has different therapeutic properties depending on its mineral composition.
From ancient times, people discovered that water rich in minerals can help them recover health. The healing effects of mineral water depend on whether we use it for bathing, inhaling or drinking.
Water coming from hot springs, where the water gets heated underground by the ‘geothermal’ heat of the rocks, is especially high in minerals.
In health resorts also called spas, you can recover by:
Specialists have found for thousand of years that mineral water can be also therapeutic internally. In health centers over the world, specialised doctors prescribe drinking waters with specific concentration of salts and minerals as a cure for a variety types of maladies. For instance:
Many doctors recommend inhaling mineral water as vapor for patients with asthma and chronic sinusitis, allergies and other respiratory problems. Vapors can also be inhaled for clearing mucus caused by allergies or the common cold.
In some European spa clinics, mineral water people can inhale as mist via an oxygen mask or with an inhaler. Some spa resorts, such as Bad Wildbad in Germany, come equipped with a ‘inhalation fountain’. The fountain releases a mineral-infused mist of water vapor for visitors to inhale as they stand over it. Visitors can control the spray by pushing a button.
Depending on the mineral content of the water, inhaling water vapor can even have an anti-depressant effect.
For instance: at the Rancho Rio Caliente spa in Mexico, the hot mineral springs contain traces of lithium, a mineral often used to treat depression. The vapor of this particular spring water is used in the steam room at the resort, and after a session inhaling the vapor, visitors find they feel relaxed and mellow.
The healing effect of spring mineral water comes mostly from its mineral content, but also from the high level of negative ions produced by the water and surrounding environment. These contribute to physical and psychological health in different ways, such as increasing the flow of oxygen to the brain, and strengthening the immune system.
All over the world, healing resorts offer an abundance of spa treatments using mineral water, sea water and land alternative practices offering different health benefits as well as relieving stress.
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