The Dead Sea is Unique
Approximately three million years ago the Mediterranean Sea penetrated the
East Rift Valley, emptying seawater into the region. This deposited
enormous amounts of salt in the region. Over time, the early lagoon that
had formed became separated from the nearby lakes as the Mediterranean Sea
withdrew. Since then, the Dead Sea has been continually fed water from the
Jordan River and other small streams that surround it.
The most unique aspect of all this is the
evaporation that occurs. This is the only way water gets out of the Dead
Sea. And boy does it evaporate! This part of the world gets plenty hot!
When the water evaporates, it leaves behind
all the dissolved minerals in the Sea, just making it saltier. In fact,
it's a combination of the action of (1) huge deposits of salts from the
ancient Mediterranean ocean (2) continued evaporation and (3) mineral
salts carried in the sea from the local rivers, the Dead Sea continues to
Since the water does not escape and just
traps the salts within its shores, evolution has not had a chance to
produce any creatures that could adapt to such brutal conditions.
The Dead Sea Minerals
Minerals play a very important role in correct skin functioning. The skin absorbs minerals applied externally and uses them in every single process existing in the skin layers. A deficiency in one of the minerals is liable to disrupt skin cell activity, cause inflammation, dryness and early aging.
These are the major minerals found in the Dead Sea and their actions:MAGNESIUM: Accelerates cell metabolism by activating enzymes.
CHLORIDE: Balances all minerals in the cells and body.
BROMIDE: Heals and relieves skin disorders. Stimulates the
natural repair process.
SODIUM CHLORIDE: Protects body against fluid loss, balances acid alkali
levels and influences muscle activity.
IODINE: Vital for cell metabolism and
necessary for production of thyroxin, which regulates the metabolic
POTASSIUM: Helps regulate osmosis
and water balance. Stimulates and maintains nerve signals and muscle
CALCIUM: Strengthens cell membranes.
Necessary for regulation of heart muscles and nerve transmission, building and
maintaining bones and teeth.