Ben from http://www.BenGreenfieldFitness.com/israel covers himself in Dead Sea Mud. Here's why...
The Dead Sea is unique due to its high concentrations of salts and minerals. It is particularly rich in magnesium, sodium, potassium and calcium. Use of Dead Sea mud has been studied in connection with health benefits and healing properties for physical ailments. Do not use Dead Sea mud as a replacement for medical treatments that have been prescribed by your doctor.
Provides Relief for Disorders
Symptoms of skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema and acne can be controlled by using Dead Sea mud. Its rich mineral content accelerates natural exfoliation and restores your skin's pH balance. Dead Sea mud is not a permanent healer, but regular use of it can provide physical relief and keep your skin disorder under control.
Improves the Look of Facial Skin
A Dead Sea mud mask can improve the appearance of your facial skin by improving elasticity and minimizing pores, wrinkles and lines. When it dries, toxins that may be present in your skin cells from your everyday diet are drawn out. Your face will feel clean and refreshed.
Prevents Hair Loss
Dead Sea mud masks can be helpful to prevent hair loss. Heredity, stress and scalp infections can cause hair loss. When blood vessels in the hair follicle shrink, food and oxygen are cut off. This prevents hair protein that is essential for hair growth from forming. Hair growth is stunted, and hair falls out prematurely. To use the mud for this benefit, massage it into your scalp and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse and shampoo as usual.
Reduces the Appearance of Cellulite
Dead Sea mud has a high concentration of minerals such as magnesium, calcium and potassium. These minerals promote blood circulation, relaxing your nerves. Cellulite is the fat that causes a cottage-cheese like appearance on your body. Fat and body fluids become trapped in skin tissues near the surface of your skin. Massaging Dead Sea mud on the areas with cellulite stimulates the blood circulation and cleanses toxins out through your pores. This helps flatten out the cottage-cheese bumps that are caused by cellulite.
Reduces Arthritic Knee Pain
Researchers from Ben Gurion University found that patients treated with mud compresses taken from the mineral-rich Dead Sea reported less knee pain from osteoarthritis. Far fewer patients treated with mud without minerals reported improvement. The high concentration of minerals in Dead Sea mud help ease knee aches and pains by stimulating the circulatory system and relaxing the nerves.
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