Isn’t Salt Bad for You?

It’s a fair question.  We often hear that eating too much salt is bad for your health as it can raise blood pressure and potentially lead to heart issues. This happens when excess dietary salt makes the body retain fluid to dilute the salt. The excess water increases the volume of blood and thus raises blood pressure.  Blood pressure that regularly flows above 120/80 increases the likelihood of cardiovascular disease1. If eating too much salt can be harmful, then would salt therapy cause the same problem – raised blood pressure and cardiac disease?  In short, no salt therapy is not the same thing as digesting too much salt.  Let’s explore what the experts have studied regarding this mater.

Is it the same thing as eating salt? Human blood has a salt concentration of 0.9%. Cry, and you will taste a saltiness on your cheek from saline in tear ducts.  Our bodies are naturally a little bit salty.  But, in a 45-minute salt therapy session, a client’s salt intake is 100 times less than the daily recommended value.  Most of the salt is inhaled, and as it thins mucus, it exits the body2.

What about people with heart conditions? Another study specifically looked at elderly patients with concomitant cardiac pathology. The study concluded that long-term use of halotherapy benefited these patients. The same study showed that patients with coronary artery bypass graft surgery also benefited from salt therapy showing a reduction and stabilization of arterial blood pressure3. A separate study researched the effects of salt therapy on patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and either hypertension or coronary heart disease and found that salt therapy offers positive effects on the lungs as well as on blood pressure4.

So, does salt therapy create water retention and raise blood pressure? Quite the opposite. Studies show that salt therapy improves blood pressure and has positive effects on heart patients. Furthermore, a 45-minute salt therapy session does not count toward your daily salt intake.

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Does halotherapy reduce stress?

Does Halotherapy Reduce Stress?

The world can be a stressful place with stress coming from our personal lives, careers, and surrounding world events. Wouldn’t it be nice if a 45-minute salt therapy session could reduce stress levels? Fortunately, scientists have found that salt therapy does have a positive impact to stress.

How Does Salt Therapy Improve Skin Health?

Itchy and dry skin feels so uncomfortable. It distracts focus from what is important. Not to mention psoriasis and eczema can make wardrobe and even hair style decisions for those affected. And how many of us don’t want to look a little younger? Well, those taking their salt therapy in the kids’ suite may not want to look younger, but the rest of us do. Can salt really do all of that- improve symptoms of skin issues and make us look younger? Yes, it can, and research shows it!

How Does Salt Therapy Improve Performance?

Performance may mean many different things to different people. For some, it means athletic performance. Whether a professional athlete, weekend warrior, or someone working out for healthy lifestyle, performance includes our ability to accomplish an athletic task. For others, it may mean breath control for activities like singing, performing arts and professional auctioning. Does salt therapy deliver benefits for various types of performance? In short, yes. But let’s explore what research has found about salt therapy and improved performance.

How Does Salt Therapy Boost the Immune System?

Surely, if something all-natural, enjoyable and accessible lowered the likelihood of contracting the common cold, flu and viruses, then everyone would do it, right? That is exactly what we think, and perhaps scientific studies will convince more people to add salt therapy to their weekly routine.