Surrounded by rocky formations, cool cacti and palm timber with wind gently sweeping by their fronds, I fastidiously dipped my massive toe into the thermal water under me. The surroundings is all the time completely different. Perhaps I am mountainside in an deserted, mossy spring in Iceland or having fun with the environment simply exterior Yellowstone Nationwide Park, however that “first dip” feeling is all the time a welcome one.
Lately, I used to be fortunately engulfed in a pure heat bathtub courtesy of a 125-year-old desert oasis on the luxurious Fort Sizzling Springs simply exterior of Wickenburg, Arizona. At all times desperate to soften away within the subsequent geothermal pool, this spot had been on my listing because it was rebuilt within the mid-2010s.
My time in these scenic springs received me pondering. I’ve all the time appreciated the psychological well being advantages of getting as near nature as doable, however had been there any bodily advantages related to these mineral-rich swimming pools?
For the solutions, I reached out to an internist and an esthetician.
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The precise bodily make-up of each sizzling spring is completely different, however Dr. Sunitha Posina, a board licensed internist based mostly in New York Metropolis, says that the majority comprise a wealthy assortment of minerals. These embody calcium, silica, sulfur, lithium, magnesium, iron, zinc and potassium.
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“Some minerals notably have been related to serving to pores and skin situations, corresponding to selenium and silica, in situations like psoriasis and eczema,” says Posina. “A examine finished in La Roche-Posay, France for sufferers with psoriasis confirmed enchancment within the situation with a three-week balneotherapy [medicinal bathing