Dead Sea Salts- Healthy or Harmful?

QandA3-smQuestion:  My neighbor  brought me back a small bag of  Dead Sea  Salts  from her trip to Israel.  She says its good for  my skin.  But my cardiologist has told me to cut back on salt to lower my blood pressure.  Who is right?

Answer: While it is certainly true that excess dietary salt   is not good for both your heart and yourskin, Dead Sea Salts  have significant health benefits. How?  One of the reasons  is that rather than just plain sodium chloride, Dead Sea Salts are actually a mixture of beneficial minerals.   The sodium chloride content is actually much much higher in traditional ocean water than in the water in the Dead Sea.

Dead Sea Salts have a payload of healthy minerals including magnesium, iodine, zinc, potassium and sulfur.  A study published  in the International Journal of Dermatology, found that  soaking in a a bath enriched  with Dead Sea Salts relieves the pain of  arthritis.  The skin can absorb some of the minerals to  increase circulation.  The National Psoriasis Foundation recommends Dead Sea Salts because the minerals help the skin retain moisture and reduce inflammation. Researchers believe that the psoriasis  skin care benefits can be traced to the magnesium content in Dead Sea Salts.   This essential mineral is known  to bind water to skin cells, normalize skin cell growth and reduce skin roughness.  All good.

You can purchase  bags of pure Dead Sea Salt as well as  in skin care products  which include the salts in their list of ingredients.   Many commerical Dead Sea Salt products are actually made from the mineral-packed mud that is near and in the Dead Sea.   Mud facials with Dead Seal Salts eg  AHVAVA Time to Clear Purifying Mud Mask are especially effective.  These beauty masks soak up excess oil, lift off dead dry skin cells while the magnesium helps the skin plump up with gorgeous moisture.

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