Using sea salt water as a form of therapy, also known as thalassotherapy, has been around for centuries and was used by the Ancient Egyptians as a form of health therapy.
And, the health benefits of bathing in salt water have been widely documented. For example, one study from Australia’s National Institute of Health website suggests that salt water swimming pools can have a positive effect on skin sores and ear infections (perforations of the tympanic membrane) in children under the age of 17. In fact, the study concluded that the incidences of these two medical issues decreased by 50 percent in children after regular exposure to the sea water in newly constructed salt water swimming pools. The study goes on to say that “swimming in a salt water pool provides the equivalent of a nasal and ear washout and cleans the skin.”
Findings from another study supported the consistent regimen of bathing in sea water while exposed to solar UV rays (like swimming in a salt water pool in the sun) showed substantial improvements in joint pain and skin irritation by the participating patients.
Other great reasons for a salt water, on-ground swimming pool…
- Mother Nature uses salt (sodium chloride) to keep the oceans clean so organisms can live in it.
- People can swim in salt water pools without hurting our eyes or burning our skin because salt is softer than chlorine.
- Salt feels better on our skin and it’s better for the earth.
- Saltwater pools are ecologically friendly because they don’t use the harsh chemicals that chlorine pools do. This is better for swimmers, plants and grass.
- Salt water pools require much less time and maintenance so you can spend your time doing others things rather than cleaning the pool.
- Salt chlorinator will save you money in the long run… A salt chlorine generator costs about $1,000, but it will pay for itself in savings over two to three years because salt is much less expensive than chlorine. Your swimsuits will last much longer with salt water too!