The Benefits of Being Salty

By Ava Mucikyan

“For her the ocean was more than a dream, it was a place she needed to visit to find herself. And when she returned to the city, you could see the sun in her eyes, the wind in her hair and taste the infinite salt on her lips.” – Jose Chaves

Take a deep breath, recline back and close your eyes. You are transformed into a magical salty escape … As you drift away to the soothing music, you can taste the salt on your lips and feel all your stresses just dissipate. You are probably thinking you are on the beach … close, but not quite. You are in a Himalayan salt cave, covered in over 20,000 pounds of pristine mineral Himalayan salt, illuminated with soothing warm lights for the ultimate in relaxation.

Since the days of Egypt’s Queen Cleopatra, salt therapies have been known to have therapeutic benefits. Whether dipping themselves in the Dead Sea or taking treks into Eastern European salt caves, sufferers of many different respiratory and skin ailments have benefited from the restorative powers of salts. In 1843, a Polish physician named Feliks Boczkowski first wrote about the benefit of salt mines. He noted that salt miners had much lower rates of lung disease compared to the rest of the population. He attributed their good health to the salt cave air that was saturated with saline dust. Soon halotherapy (“halos” means salt in Greek) became a common drug-free treatment for many chronic lung and skin conditions. A 45-minute treatment inside a Himalayan salt cave is the equivalent to spending three days by the beach.

What is Salt Therapy (Halotherapy) and How Does it Work?

Halotherapy is a 100-percent natural, drug-free treatment developed by scientists and researchers that brings a once inaccessible natural resource to the urban steps of our community. It is the process of breathing micronized particles of pure pharmaceutical salt inside the salt cave, which is a completely sterile environment. The halogenerator is the heart of the salt cave. It grinds and distributes the pharmaceutical salt into the air, recreating that natural salt cave microclimate. When breathing these micronized particles, they penetrate deep into your respiratory tract, down to the hard-to-reach bottom alveoli of the lungs. The result is a clearing of any bacteria and mucous buildup, reduced inflammation and the opening of constricted airways.

Halotherapy provides natural allergy relief, which is a common issue in Las Vegas. It is also known to boost stamina for athletes and singers and is a great way to maintain a healthy immune system. Children respond particularly well to halotherapy, considering their immune system is so fresh. Thus, halotherapy significantly enhances health and body vigor, making it safe for all ages.

If you are someone who suffers from any of the conditions halotherapy is known to benefit, you may want to give it a try. It helps treat several respiratory and skin disorders, such as: allergies, asthma, bronchitis, cold and flu, COPD, ear infections, eczema, emphysema, fatigue, hay fever, pneumonia, psoriasis, rhinitis, sinus infections, sleep apnea, smoker’s cough, snoring, wheezing, stress, anxiety and more.