The Healing Water
Most people in North America bathe in hot springs for recreational purposes unaware of the health benefits. Europe and Japan have long discovered that bathing in mineral springs can have a profound effect on physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. The use of natural mineral water for the prevention and cure of disease is an accepted form of mainstream medicine around the world.
Doctors believe that mineral springs promote healing in the following ways:
- Eliminates toxins from the body
- Increases nourishment to organs and tissues through improved blood circulation, increases cell oxygenation.
- Increases body metabolism, including stimulating the secretions of the intestinal tract and liver, aiding digestion
- Repeated hot springs bathing can help normalize the functions of the endocrine glands as well as the body’s autonomic nervous system
- Mineral springs contain a high amount of negative ions which can help promote feelings of physical and psychological wellbeing. The human body is like a magnet attracting – in the form of positive ions- heavy metals, free radicals and other chemicals present on our food, air and water. The negatively charged ions of the minerals draw the toxic particles out of the body through the skin pores, resulting not only in clean healthier skin, but causing an overall sense of wellbeing and increased energy
How does the Takhini Hot Springs water improve your health?
Dissolved minerals in hot springs are absorbed by the skin. This kind of absorption through the skin is less harmful to the digestive tract and more beneficial than ingesting the equivalent in the form of mineral supplements (which are often manufactured synthetically and as a result less absorbable by the human body).
The following dissolved minerals present in the Takhini Hot Springs:
Calcium – 580 mg/L –
Takhini Hot Springs water can be characterized as a calcium–sulphate hot spring. Calcium sulphate soothes the body overall. Sulphated waters are good for chronic skin diseases, digestive and urinary conditions, chronic metallic poisoning, and genealogical troubles. Because the sulphate is bound to the calcium in the water it is odorless. Many hot springs have a strong smell of sulfur due to the presence of hydrogen sulphide gas. Takhini Hot Springs does not have sulfur in the gas form so the hot spring is odorless.
Magnesium – 78.2 mg/L
Magnesium is an important part of more than 300 body enzymes that regulate the body’s functions including protein production, energy production, and the proper functioning of the nerves and muscles, including the heart. Magnesium is essential for the formation of bones and teeth. Magnesium sulphate water soothes and tightens the skin while allowing the skin to retain moisture.
Sodium – 36.5 mg/L
Salt waters are recommended for bathing because they possess a variety of medicinal properties. Salt water is good for treating rheumatic disorders, skin problems, arthritis, orthopedic, and postoperative disorders as well as gynecological diseases.
Silica – 19.8 mg/L
Silica is viewed as important in promoting cardiovascular health and plays a key role in both bone formation and mineralization. Silica works synergistically with minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium. Silica restores health to aging skin, hair and nails.
Potassium – 8.7 mg/L
Potassium plays a role in numerous body functions helping to transmit nerve impulses, regulate fluid and mineral balance in the body and maintain normal blood pressure.
Iron - .9 mg/L
Bathing in iron rich springs is helpful to people suffering from iron- deficiency anemia or excessive mental fatigue and stress related conditions.
How does Takhini Hot Springs help skin conditions?
Many of our clients tell us that the hot springs water does wonders for their psoriasis and eczema. This is due to the presence of the calcium and magnesium sulphate as well as the sodium and silica in the water.
What is it about bathing in Takhini Hot Springs that helps our clients heal from joint and muscle problems, back problems and arthritis?
The presence of calcium sulphate, magnesium and silica is probably one of the key reasons that Takhini Hot Springs bathers report that the water helps them heal from joint and muscle aches. Clinicians such as Czech physician Bohuslar Kocab, believe that bathing in thermal springs stimulates the activity of the pituitary gland which secretes ACTH and cortisone, both pain inhibitors. In addition to producing an overall calming and relaxing effect on the body, heat also helps to relieve muscle spasm and suppresses inflammation, plus allowing healing to take place. Studies have noted that the trace elements in mineral water improve recovery rates from injuries and reduce the quantity of pain killers needed.
Healing Springs-Nathaniel Altman-2000
Health and Wellness Tourism-Spas and Hot Springs-Patricia Erfurt-Cooper and Malcom Cooper-2009
EBA Engineering Study for Takhini Hot Springs, January 2009