With the advent of a relatively new form of therapy gaining popularity world-wide, called salt therapy, otherwise known as halotherapy, many people ask this popular question:
Is breathing salt air good for you?
What People are Saying
The question arises as more and more people frequent the beach, and afterwards report positive results like feeling rejuvenated, and being better able to breathe. Many others report remarkable improvements in the condition of their skin. These benefits are often attributed to bathing in the sea water, and also from breathing in the salt-rich air.
Benefiting from the effects of sea water and it’s salty environment is actually an age old practice, called Thalassotherapy. Wikipedia’s definition:
Thalassotherapy is the use of seawater as a form of therapy. It is based on the systematic use of seawater, sea products, and shore climate. Practitioners claim the properties of seawater have beneficial effects upon the pores of the skin.
Is Salt Air Good for the Lungs?
An article in Reader’s Digest reports that “seaside air is really good for your health” and lists the various benefits of breathing in the salt-rich air, which includes your respiratory system, your immune system, and your skin. Reportedly, the salt rich atmosphere found near the seaside:
“…is especially beneficial to the respiratory organs and the skin, but also improves circulation and strengthens the body’s defences.”
In an article titled “The Health Benefits of Ocean Air“, the Lung Health Institute claims that breathing in salt-rich air can benefit certain medical conditions, such as pulmonary fibrosis and COPD. The article also lists medical studies showing evidence that this type of salt therapy can:
- reduce mucus
- reduce coughing
- decrease sinus pressure
- and improve lung function
Can Salt Therapy Benefit Respiratory Patients?
Salt therapy has been found to benefit a wide variety of health conditions, such as Colds and Flu, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Chronic Bronchitis, Emphesyma, Cystic Fibrosis, and even skin conditions such as Psoriasis, Eczema, Dermatitis, Acne, and has even been shown to reduce the signs of aging.
Click each link below for the blog article detailing how salt therapy benefits each condition:
Normal vs Inflamed Air Passage
- Salt therapy and colds & flu
- Salt therapy and asthma
- Salt therapy and chronic bronchitis
- Salt therapy and emphesyma
- Salt therapy and cystic fibrosis
- Salt therapy and COPD
- Salt therapy and Psoriasis
- Salt therapy and Eczema
- Salt therapy and immune function
The Clinical Studies Supporting Salt Therapy
Salt therapy has been around for a few decades, but is not widely recognized as a method of holistic therapy.
Clinical evidence supporting salt therapyThere’s been some speculation about the true benefits of salt therapy, but in case there is any doubt, we found several randomized, controlled, double-blind clinical studies performed by medical practitioners around the world, proving it’s health benefits for various respiratory and skin conditions.
We’ve outlined some of these studies here, in this article.
The Results of Breathing Salt Air
The detoxifying effects of breathing in salt-rich air can reduce symptoms of various respiratory illnesses and skin conditions, reduce inflammation, strengthen the immune system, and reduce the signs of aging.
When salt therapy is practised on a regular basis, it can help improve our well-being and quality of life.
You can visit a local salt room for a halotherapy session, or, you can practise salt therapy at home using various methods we’ve outlined in this article.
Besides the therapeutic health benefits, the calming environments found in salt rooms also have the added benefit of improved relaxation, which also helps to reduce stress, increase energy levels, and promote better sleep patterns — all of which can help improve our overall sense of well-being.
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