Throughout the world, people have used the natural healing powers of mineral water for wellness for thousands of years. Here in Glenwood Springs, prior to the arrival of settlers, Native Americans would travel from throughout the region to soak in the healing waters of the many springs in the area.
Since then, science has confirmed that the skin can absorb useful minerals in the water and assimilate them into the body. Soaking in hot mineral springs can offer the healing, relaxing and energizing benefits of these minerals, so important for human health.
Iron Mountain Hot Springs Minerals
The thermal waters of Iron Mountain Hot Springs contain more than 14 different minerals that help to relax your body and soothe your soul. Each one lends its own qualities and benefits to your body and physiology.
The five most abundant minerals in our soaking pools are iron, sulfate, chloride, sodium and calcium. Just what do these minerals bring to the wellness table that make soaking in our pools so relaxing and enticing?
Iron is a vital nutrient inside your body, most specifically in the blood. Iron-enriched blood cells carry oxygen from your lungs to all other cells in your body. Maintaining proper levels of iron in your system can help with energy, brain function and a well-functioning immune system. Americans are more likely to lack iron than any other nutrient, so absorbing iron through soaking can help supplement this need.
Sulfate is actually a compound of sulfur and oxygen. Sulfur is present in all living things and is one of the most abundant minerals in your body. We usually get our allowance of sulfur through the proteins we eat, such as eggs, fish, fowl and legumes. Sulfur can be effective in treating a variety of ailments, including allergies, depression, and joint pain caused by arthritis and injury. There is even research into sulfur’s connection to treating diseases of the heart and diabetes. Externally, sulfur is believed to benefit skin, connective tissue and encourage hair and nail growth.
Chloride is necessary for life and is distributed throughout your body, including in your blood, lymph and the fluids in and around your cells. In your stomach, it combines with hydrogen to make hydrochloric acid that helps digest food. In the blood, it helps maintain pH balance and carry away waste carbon dioxide. In the nervous system, it’s involved in the transmission of electrical impulses. A 2015 study showed that transdermal magnesium chloride improved the quality of life for women suffering with fibromyalgia.
Most people know that our main source of sodium in the body is from a variety of salts, mostly from the foods we eat. Sodium performs many vital functions within our systems. It has been tied to maintaining balance between fluids within your body all the way down to the cellular level. In addition to the internal benefits, sodium also makes our thermal waters denser, similar to ocean water, making it more buoyant. This buoyancy lends to the relaxing sensation for tired muscles and joints.
There’s a reason mom told you to drink your milk for strong bones. Calcium is the most abundant mineral in your body, ninety-nine percent of which is present in your bones and teeth, where it vital to our structural strength. The other one percent of calcium plays a vital role in many metabolic functions like strengthening heart muscle, controlling blood pressure, transporting other nutrients and helping to maintain balance of your system’s chemistry.
Remember, these are just the top five of fourteen identified minerals in Iron Mountain Hot Springs’ 100% pure, natural thermal waters. Just five of the fourteen reasons why soaking in hot springs relaxes the body, restores the spirit and rejuvenates the soul.