The therapeutic effects of various minerals have been extensively studied by European balneologists. To be classified as a mineral spring the water needs to contain greater than 1,000 mg/l (PPM) of naturally dissolved solids. Here at the Springs Resort and Spa our water contains over 1,500 mg/l (PPM) of dissolved solidsand has a PH averaging 6.4 so its mineral/chemical composition lends it a slightly acidic nature common to many of the world’s best hot springs. Below is a summary of the effects of each of the minerals found in our hot springs and a comparison with other local hot springs.
Benefits of Bicarbonates (HCO3)- – To qualify as a bicarbonate spring the water must contain at least 250 mg/l of bicarbonate gasses. Ours contains the highest level in the Arenal area (751 mg/l) which is nearly three times the threshold required. Balneologists generally agree that a high bicarbonate level is the most important component of medically therapeutic hot springs. Bicarbonates assist in opening peripheral blood vessels and improving circulation which aids against cardiovascular disease including hypertension and mild atherosclerosis. For these conditions balneologists recommend a water temperature no higher than 100˚F. Bicarbonate waters are also thought to have a positive effect on nervous system imbalances.
The Springs = 751 mg/l Baldi = 263 mg/l
Benefits of Sodium (NA+) Natural salts assist with the alleviation of arthritic symptoms, stimulate the body’s lymphatic system and also help to maintain body fluid balance.
The Springs = 327 mg/l Baldi = 244 mg/l
Benefits of Calcium (CA++) Calcium strengthens bones to prevent osteoporosis and helps to regulate bodily functions. It is essential to the function of many internal organs such as the heart.
The Springs = 95 mg/l Baldi = 106 mg/l
Benefits of Potassium (K+) This element assists in the normalization of heart rhythms, reduces high blood pressure, helps to eliminate body toxins and promotes healthy skin.
The Springs = 28 mg/l Baldi = 39 mg/l
Benefits of Boron (B) Boron builds muscle mass, increases brain activity and strengthens bones. In addition it is an ophthalmologic irrigant that aids in cleansing your eyes.
The Springs = 7.8 mg/l Baldi = 2.8 mg/l
Benefits of Magnesium (Mg++) Magnesium maintains normal heart rhythms, assists in reducing high blood pressure and aids in eliminating body toxins. It also converts blood sugar to energy and promotes healthy skin.
The Springs = 55 mg/l Baldi = 57 mg/l
Benefits of Iron (Fe) Iron builds up the quality of your blood, prevents stress and fatigue and improves skin tone. It also builds resistance to disease and aids in muscle function.
The Springs = 3.0 mg/l Baldi = ????
Benefits of Sulfur (S) Hot Springs rich in Sulfur are used to address a wide variety of conditions, including skin infections, respiratory problems, and skin inflammations