Natural Springs: The World’s Coolest Hot Spots

Natural Springs: The World’s Coolest Hot Spots

Natural hot springs are a renewing adventure for your body and mind.

If you haven’t experienced natural hot springs before, let’s cover the basics.

An Ancient Concept

The healing benefits of natural mineral waters (hot or cold) is a popular method used to treat or cure disease. This practice is known as Balneology. This therapeutic application dates back centuries and is even referenced in writing by Hippocrates in 500 B.C. A hot spring is produced by geothermally heated water from under the Earth’s crust. As the water travels to the surface, it dissolves and picks up minerals from rocks along the way. This is how the springs are so naturally rich in mineral nutrients.

Overall Benefits

Many hot springs that are 100% natural require some walking or hiking to reach, but the reward of being in a fully natural hot spring, in a quietly secluded area, is worth the bit of extra work. If you are unable to make the hike, there are places that pull the hot springs water into man-made pools.

The soothing thermal water does more than feel good on a cool day. It increases your body temperature to help kill bacteria, increases blood flow and circulation, and expels toxins through sweat.

Mineral Benefits

Natural springs most commonly contain the following minerals:

Sulfur: Contained in every cell of the human body, sulfur is a component of amino acids (which make up protein). Contained in keratin, sulfur is a mineral that helps keep your hair and nails healthy. It also helps your body make collagen to retain your skin’s elasticity.

Boron: This is a trace mineral that was found to help regulate the calcium, magnesium, phosphorus balance in your body for strong bones. Studies also show it increases brain activity, and can enhance cognitive skills such as visual perception and concentration.

Magnesium: As an essential mineral, magnesium plays a part in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It plays a part in the metabolism of carbohydrates—converting food to energy—and influences the release of insulin.

Potassium: This mineral relieves tension of blood vessels which can lower blood pressure. Potassium also aids the metabolic process, helping the body eliminate toxins and utilize nutrients.

Sodium: An important mineral in your body, sodium is needed to maintain your electrolyte balance. This supports healthy transmission of nerve impulses, as well as healthy contraction and relaxation of muscles.

There are hot springs all over the world and with some online research, you should be able to find one near you! I recommend giving it a try, at least once. It’s an experience that will cleanse and rejuvenate you— body, mind, and soul.

Photo: Jerry Johnson Hot Springs, Clearwater National Forest in Idaho

 

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Comments (2)

  • Brian November 19, 2013 - 4:53 pm Reply

    Great article! Have a quick question- I gather that a hot tub, though having its own benefits, isn’t quite the same? It doesn’t offer the same mineral benefits because it doesn’t come straight out of the Earth. Right?

  • Jan November 19, 2013 - 5:55 pm Reply

    You are correct Brian. Although getting into a hot tub will still give you benefits of soaking in hot water but with added chemicals and chlorine that can cause irritation, drying of the skin, decolorizes and causes brittle hair, causes eye irritation and inhaling chlorine vapors can also cause an allergic reaction. And you don’t get the huge verity of essential minerals that get picked up as the hot water moves up through the layers of rock that are so wonderful for many bodily processes.

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