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Have you heard any interesting facts regarding salt water pools?

Asked by Aster (15340 points ) January 21st, 2014

A tv show claimed that the owner, a diabetic, was cured by installing a saltwater pool. Have you heard of any interesting facts about them as opposed to fresh water pools?

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syz's avatar

Pffttttt.

What possible physiologic changes could a salt water pool have in the endocrine system?

Aster's avatar

I have no idea.

syz's avatar

Ok, that was sort of a rhetorical question. There is no way that an external application of salt water could affect an endocrine disorder.

livelaughlove21's avatar

Perhaps the exercise facilitated by the pool caused him to lose weight, making his diabetes go away. That would have to be it for that claim to make any sense at all.

I hear that it’s more expensive to set it up, but easier maintenance-wise compared to chlorine – and healthier, I’d think, than swimming around in chemicals. That’s all I’ve heard. No crazy health claims, though.

I personally can’t stand saltwater anywhere but the beach, where it belongs, so I’ll always opt for swimming in chemicals.

downtide's avatar

Decades ago, like in the 50s and 60s, most British seaside towns had a municipal saltwater pool, called a lido. I remember one when I was a kid, but they’re pretty much all gone now. That’s the only interesting thing I know about them.

laurenkem's avatar

I seriously doubt there can be any internal benefit to being immersed in a salt water pool. Externally, however, I’ve found it to be extremely beneficial for treating anything from a rash to a pimple, hives, and even to a boil. I’m assuming it has something to do with the salt drying out the site. All I know is, any time I have anything gross looking, I go jump in the ocean. Works every time!

VS's avatar

I have some first hand experience with salt water pools. My two best friends have them. They are so different from chlorine pools. You are much more buoyant in salt water, it is not drying to your hair and skin like chlorine, does not make your fingers and toes prune-y, does not burn your eyes, has no offensive smell, and it is much less expensive to maintain. You have no chemical coats, only adding salt occasionally, maybe two or three times a season. Even your swim suits will not fade and lose its elasticity like one does in chlorine. The water is so much clearer in salt water. I really could go and on, but other than just the wonderful feeling of being in a salt pool, I know of no actual health benefits being derived from swimming in one. If I had a choice, I would take a tiny salt pool over an Olympic chlorine pool ANYday!

cookieman's avatar

My cousin swears by her salt water pool because she says it’s better for your skin and hair than all that chlorine. I can see that.

Seek's avatar

I have very little personal experience with saltwater pools, but I love a swim in the Gulf for what it does to my skin and hair. If I could have that in my backyard and not have to pay parking or see that many people, that would be awesome.

Buttonstc's avatar

When growing up as a child on the South shore of Long Island, the town pool was salt water pumped in directly from the bay. Its great for learning to swim due to the added buoyancy.

@VS

I hate to disagree with you about the wrinkly skin and pruny fingers, but I came home every single day with thoroughly pruned fingers. Of course, considering that I normally spent the majority of an 8–10 hr. day in the pool might have also been a contributing factor. Kids don’t know the meaning of the word “moderation” especially on hot summer days :)

But I don’t know that it cured any diabetics. If so, I’m sure that they would have flicked there from miles around once word about that got around.

That theory just makes no sense.

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