Mineral pools vs. saltwater
When deciding between a mineral pool or a salt pool, it’s important to understand the differences. When we think of salt water, we usually direct our minds to healing bodies of water like the ocean, or Epsom salt baths after physical activity. Although salt is in the name, it’s actually hard working minerals such as magnesium chloride and the choice of water oxidation technology that each mineral pool provider uses that are beneficial.
Salt pools, on the other hand, use only sodium chloride to produce chlorine and to disinfect the pool. Salt pools do not produce the same salty taste of the sea, nor do they leave the same amount of residue on your skin – sea water has 35,000 ppm of salt while saltwater pools only have around 2500-7000 ppm. They both have their place, but it’s best to be informed about the functions of each when deciding on your new pool, or considering switching systems.
Mineral pools have a slightly higher upfront cost. However, you will certainly recover this quickly with less ongoing monthly costs due to the reduced chemical usage compared to chlorine or salt pools. Saving you time, money and energy on a monthly basis.
The Theralux Complete Mineral Pool System, is self-oxidising (in fact, it is the most powerful oxidizer known in the entire swimming pool market!), releasing toxin free water, and therefore dramatically decreases the need for other water balancing chemicals, such as chlorine. The water quality is high and often has a ‘silky’ feel thanks to the ongoing cleanliness of the water. The minerals work with the water to maintain the pH level for longer with very little ongoing maintenance. Minerals pools also have high water quality thanks to magnesium being a natural flocculant.
Saltwater pools use a chlorinator to keep the pool clean, but the chlorine is administered more consistently and is not as harsh on the skin as chlorine pools, this can also help reduce algae build up. Saltwater pools are not chlorine-free and so while the water quality is extremely clean, it is harsher than the mineral alternative.
Mineral pools – especially those that use AOP, Quantum water Purification – are easier to maintain, gentle and won’t be as prone to corroding the pool and pool accessories, so you can maintain the quality of your pool water without sacrificing the pool itself.
Saltwater does not mean your pool will crumble over time, however with higher concentrated salt pool, it may take some work to ensure its naturally corrosive nature won’t deteriorate the pool. You’ll need to be on top of maintenance and keeping commonly affected areas like concrete and metal components clean and protected.
Health benefits of mineral water pools
For thousands of years, the benefits of submerging in mineral-dense bodies of water have been widely believed and documented. Across Europe, mineral baths are popular tourist-hubs for people looking to enjoy their many benefits. But, you don’t need to fly across the world to enjoy the proven health outcomes of swimming in mineral-rich water. In fact, you can have it in your backyard with a Theraulx Active™ Complete Mineral Pool.
To say ‘health benefits’ is great, but what exactly are these benefits? If you currently have a pool and are looking to convert to a mineral pool, or are in the process of building one, there are a number of ways your health can benefit from swimming in a mineral pool.
Relaxes your mind and body
One of the main benefits associated with delving into mineral pools is the relaxation your mind and body experience, almost instantaneously. Over time, it can help you maintain a more relaxed demeanor even while out of the pool. The transdermal absorption (through the skin) of the minerals as you swim can even lower blood pressure. This can also allow the nervous system to calm the physical symptoms of stress and anxiety.
Repairs nerve and muscle function
Spending time in a mineral-dense pool has been shown to strengthen bone density (by aiding in better absorption of calcium to the body), boost immunity and regulate sugar levels. In a lot of instances, these ailments are related to lifestyle choices that are degenerative to the body’s function; including the healing power of mineral pools into your health treatment can greatly improve its efficacy and offer a faster route back to good health.
Increases skin elasticity and hair health
Good health doesn’t just show up on the inside… Swimming in mineral pools is often associated with improved aesthetics, allowing the skin to press pause on premature ageing. Minerals improve the skin’s elasticity and injects moisture back into dry or drying skin (the opposite of what chlorine-heavy pools have historically done to our skin). This leaves our skin feeling soft and silky, while also slowing down the advent of wrinkles.
Magnesium is also responsible for improving the strength of our hair follicles, stopping hair loss and breakage while also improving its natural sheen.
Soothe skin conditions
Mineral pools can also help with the healing of skin conditions such as rosacea, acne, eczema and psoriasis. There are even anecdotal reports that swimming in a mineral pool can solely cure mild to moderate instances of these conditions, without the help of other medications or topical steroids. Minerals are reparative, as opposed to degenerative and drying, when it comes to our skin’s reaction to it. The silky feeling you have when you get out of a mineral pool is not just a film on top of the skin that goes away, it’s penetrative and repairs as you swim, and continues when you’re out of the pool.
Improves energy levels and helps with sleep
Taking a dip in a mineral pool when you’re lethargic can immediately increase your energy levels as it aids in the circulation of blood to your heart, muscles and brain. It’s healthier and more effective for boosting energy than downing several cups of coffee, and won’t interrupt your sleep patterns. Minerals work to keep you at a healthy level of energy; if you’re low it will bring you up to that level, if you are elevated, it will settle you down to that level. This ensures you have enough energy to get you through your day, and enough relaxation to help zone you out to achieve adequate sleep.