A study involving a European occupational therapist suffering from psoriasis who had obtained compensation from her health insurance to undergo therapy at the Dead Sea has led to a high interest in health funds in Denmark, Germany, and other European Countries. This has resulted in their subsidizing treatment from the Dead Sea for people who have both psoriasis and other skin conditions. If Health Insurance companies can be considering coverage of treatment at the Dead Sea for relief and treatment of skin disorders, then it seems reasonable to advocate the usage of products manufactured from the Mud and minerals of the Dead Sea.

Assisting to replace or remove electrolytes enables the body to maintain a good fluid balance, thereby improving a feeling of relaxation, health, and well-being. Below is a list of the therapeutic physical and mental well-being is dependent on the correct sodium and potassium or fluid balance in the body. This is regulated by the Adrenal gland, which in turn affects the healthy function of the kidneys. The kidneys are responsible for controlling 28 chemicals in the body. An imbalance of these chemicals or electrolytes can result in certain skin or other symptoms and, over an extended period of time, results in various illnesses. Benefits of the Dead Sea products together with the conditions or symptoms they alleviate.

The Dead Sea Salts differ from regular sea salt in 2 important ways.

1) They contain ten times more minerals than sea salt.

2) The Dead

Sea salts absorb essential oils with ease, which enables them to be released into the bathwater as they dissolve.

This is beneficial for those wishing to benefit from the Dead Sea in the privacy of their own home. Some of the minerals found in the Dead Sea are listed below, together with their functions or benefits to health. This provides some insight as to why these minerals assist in cleansing, detoxing, and restoring a healthy status quo of the body, especially the skin and muscles.

Minerals and Chemicals found in the Dead Sea.

Sulfur is found in the amino acids cysteine, and methionine; as well as in cells, hemoglobin (of the blood), collagen (of the muscles), keratin (required for skin), insulin, heparin, biotin, co-enzyme A, (required for healthy hair, skin, nails, among many other biological structures). Sulfur is necessary for synthesizing collagen. It is required for the adequate digestion and absorption of carbohydrates and a number of vitamins e.g., thiamin, biotin, and pantothenic acid; It is also essential to enable cells to breathe Sulfur is necessary for the secretion of bile from the liver and for converting toxins into non-toxins.

Chlorine is necessary to maintain the correct balance of alkaline and acid in the body, together with being vital for cell metabolism.

Iodine is necessary for the production of the hormone thyroxin and is also vital for both energy, and cell metabolism is necessary to maintain the water balance in order for cell metabolism to take place, assisting the cells in absorbing nourishment and expelling waste products. An imbalance in potassium often leads to water retention.

Potassium also plays a vital role in regulating muscle contractions and the nervous system.

Sodium, like potassium, plays s a vital role in assisting the cells in absorbing nourishment and expelling waste.

Calcium is necessary for strengthening cell membranes and cleansing the pores. In addition, it is vital for the production and maintenance of healthy teeth and bones, together with regulating the heart muscles and nerves.

Magnesium is necessary in assisting the body to utilize other essential nutrients and in cell metabolism.

Bromine helps with the natural repair of the body, together with cell metabolism, and can be sued as a natural antibiotic. Saunas often use Dead Sea salts to evaporate the bromides, thus creating an environment similar to the Dead Sea. Having a hot bath with Dead Sea salts and allowing the steam to collect in the bathroom will have a similar effect. Other than the benefits listed below for bath salts, steaming and using these salts in the bath can be beneficial for respiratory conditions e.g., asthma.

PELOTHERAPY The main healing property of mud is humic acid, which comes from the concentration of organic matter. After the Ice Age, the earth experienced a compression of plant and animal life, resulting in the transformation of various rocks and hence, muds. The parts of the earth, which suffered the most erosion, have higher deposits of humic acid. One of these areas is the Dead Sea, which has the largest concentration of humic acid, chloride salts of magnesium, sodium, potassium, calcium, bromine, and various other minerals. Since the Dead Sea Mud (also known as Pelloid) has a high concentration of minerals together with an ability to hold heat, the mud can be used for certain healing benefits. Smearing the Pelloid onto the body in a process known as Pelotherapy provides cleansing and detoxing of the skin, which has proved beneficial for skin, muscle pain, and arthritic or rheumatic conditions.

BALNEOTHERAPY

It is an ancient healing form using water, usually with added salts, thereby distinguishing it from hydrotherapy to condition, relax and revitalize the skin, body, and muscles. Its benefits are seen in improving circulation, strengthening the immune system, reducing pain, stress, and insomnia.

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