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Our Healing Water

Our Healing Water

Currently, as of Spring 2016, our hot springs water, which is collected at about 171F, is used to heat all the buildings on the property, heat our domestic water for showers, and boost the temperature of our geothermal well water from 77F to 85F-92F for the pool & 102F-104F for the spa. Direct soaking in the hot springs water is available when the yurt is booked.

Planned improvements for 2017 include both communal & private soaking area, as well as more soaking opportunities with yurt & cabin bookings.

Most people in North America bathe in hot springs for recreational purposes unaware of the health benefits.Europe and Japan have long discovered that bathing in mineral springs can have a profound effect on physical,mental and emotional well-being. The use of natural mineral water for the prevention and cure of disease is an accepted form of mainstream medicine around the worlds.

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Doctors believe that mineral springs promote healing in the following ways:
  • Eliminates toxins from the body
  • Increases nourishment to organs and tissues through improved blood circulation, increases cell oxygenation.
  • Increases body metabolism, including stimulating the secretions of the intestinal tract and liver, aiding digestion
  • Repeated hot springs bathing can help normalize the functions of the endocrine glands as well as the body’s autonomic nervous system
  • Mineral springs contain a high amount of negative ions which can help promote feelings of physical and psychological well being. The human body is like a magnet attracting – in the form of positive ions- heavy metals, free radicals and other chemicals present on our food, air and water. The negatively charged ions of the minerals draw the toxic particles out of the body through the skin pores, resulting not only in clean healthier skin, but causing an overall sense of wellbeing and increased energy
How does the Grande Hot Springs water improve your health?

Dissolved minerals in hot springs are absorbed by the skin. This kind of absorption through the skin is less harmful to the digestive tract and more beneficial than ingesting the equivalent in the form of mineral supplements (which are often manufactured synthetically and as a result less absorbable by the human body).

Some of the following dissolved minerals present in the Grande Hot Springs water:

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Calcium-  ppm = parts per million

Calcium sulphate soothes the body overall. Sulphated waters are good for chronic skin diseases, digestive and urinary conditions, chronic metallic poisoning, and genealogical troubles.

Sodium-  ppm

Salt waters are recommended for bathing because they possess a variety of medicinal properties. Salt water is good for treating rheumatic disorders, skin problems, arthritis, orthopedic, and postoperative disorders as well as gynecological diseases

Magnesium –  ppm

Magnesium is an important part of more than 300 body enzymes that regulate the body’s functions including protein production, energy production, and the proper functioning of the nerves and muscles, including the heart. Magnesium is essential for the formation of bones and teeth. Magnesium sulphate water soothes and tightens the skin while allowing the skin to retain moisture.

Silica –  ppm

Silica is viewed as important in promoting cardiovascular health and plays a key role in both bone formation and mineralization. Silica works synergistically with minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium. Silica restores health to aging skin, hair and nails.

Potassium –  ppm

Potassium plays a role in numerous body functions helping to transmit nerve impulses, regulate fluid and mineral balance in the body and maintain normal blood pressure.

Iron-  ppm

Bathing in iron rich springs is helpful to people suffering from iron- deficiency anemia or excessive mental fatigue and stress related conditions.

Can Hot Springs water help with joint and muscle problems, back problems and arthritis?

The presence of calcium sulphate, magnesium and silica is probably one of the key reasons that bathers report that the water helps them heal from joint and muscle aches. Clinicians such as Czech physician Bohuslar Kocab, believe that bathing in thermal springs stimulates the activity of the pituitary gland which secretes ACTH and cortisone, both pain inhibitors. In addition to producing an overall calming and relaxing effect on the body, heat also helps to relieve muscle spasm and suppresses inflammation, plus allowing healing to take place. Studies have noted that the trace elements in mineral water improve recovery rates from injuries and reduce the quantity of painkillers needed.

Sources:

Healing Springs-Nathaniel Altman-2000

Health and Wellness Tourism-Spas and Hot Springs-Patricia Erfurt-Cooper and Malcom Cooper-2009