Getting Salty: The Benefits of Dry Salt Therapy
You’ve probably been told to use salt water to soothe a sore throat or get rid of a canker sore faster. You might have even been told to hop in the ocean to help a cut or scrape.
It turns out; these are all great tips because salt has natural healing properties. That’s why more and more people are turning to salt therapy — otherwise known as halotherapy — to help relieve a number of ailments and recover from workouts.
What Is Halotherapy?
Dry salt therapy, a type of halotherapy, is a natural treatment that involves breathing in the salty air, which is usually done in a salt room or salt bed. In these specialized chambers, a halogenerator heats and grinds therapeutic-grade salt into micro-sized particles and then disperses them into the air.
The salt particles then permeate your lungs and skin, where they begin to work their magic.
A typical halotherapy session lasts 30–45 minutes.
How Does Halotherapy Work?
As you inhale the salt particles, they clear out allergens, pollutants, foreign substances, and mucus from your respiratory system. In addition, the salt reduces inflammation and helps more oxygen flow and turn into red blood cells — resulting in clearer airways.
Meanwhile, the salt particles absorb bacteria and other impurities in your skin. The minerals contained in the salt also help to attract moisture and improve cell function and detoxification, which can help relieve a number of skin conditions.
What Are the Benefits of Halotherapy?
Dry salt therapy helps improve lung function, reduce inflammation, and clear out toxins. As a result, it can help you recover from a workout more effectively, as well as relieve the symptoms of a number of respiratory conditions, such as:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Allergies and hay fever
- Cold and flu
Halotherapy can also help a variety of skin conditions, including:
In addition, because salt is said to produce negative ions, salt therapy may cause your body to release more serotonin, which is one of the key hormones that help stabilize our mood and produce feelings of happiness and well-being.
And on top of it all, sitting in a salt room is a relaxing experience, which can be quite nice before and after a workout.
Learn more about halotherapy and our salt room by contacting the Optimum Human team today!