Design Trend of the Month – Magnesium Pools
In the quest for wellness, home design trends this year have focused intently on creating a healthy, calming, nourishing environment. The next big thing? Magnesium pools!
What is a magnesium pool?
Also known as mineral pools, magnesium pools are swimming pools that have added minerals in the pool water. Of all the minerals that may be included, the star of the show here is magnesium chloride.
Magnesium chloride is a naturally occurring compound of magnesium (a mineral) and chloride (an electrolyte), found in seawater and brine. This very special compound is also said to be absorbed through your skin, offering a range of health benefits, which we’ll go into below.
Not only does the magnesium pool offer health benefits, but mineral or magnesium pools also claim to offer a superior swimming experience. The water is said to be clearer, have a silky smooth feel, and is gentler on the skin and eyes — particularly beneficial for people with skin ailments, like psoriasis or eczema.
So why is magnesium chloride good for you?
Magnesium is said to offer a huge list of health benefits, from relaxing nerves and muscles, to detoxifying, to reducing stress, anxiety and depression, to improving sleep. However, taking it orally can upset the stomach quite easily, so absorbing it through the skin via magnesium chloride products has become an alternate method, especially in naturopathy.
But, as with any naturopathic practices, although there are studies that support this theory, there is little science that 100% proves these claims. Having said that, for those who do believe in the health benefits of Epsom salt baths or essential oil treatments, magnesium pools are a perfect addition to your backyard.
Even without any proven health benefits, the gentler pool water and silky swimming experience sounds luxe enough for us!
Is magnesium chloride the same as Epsom salts?
Epsom salts contain magnesium sulfates, and is said to work in roughly the same way. However, some studies suggest that magnesium chloride has slightly more magnesium available to absorb.
Can I convert my existing pool to a magnesium pool?
It is definitely possible to covert your swimming pool to a magnesium or mineral pool system; but first, you’ll need to check a couple of things.
It’s recommended to perform a full water analysis first, so that you can calculate the conversion safely. You should check that your filter is compatible with the magnesium or mineral system you’re switching to. The more you prepare — which may include talking to a pool care specialist — the more successful the transition.
Written by Evelyn Kandris
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