the therapeutic powers of water, a true natural antidepressant

The magazine is interested in the virtues of water tonight from 9 p.m. with the documentary The therapeutic powers of waterfollowed by a debate moderated by Marina Carrère d’Encausse.

Fascinating, the issue of “Health Survey” – signed by Céline Bittner – lists the virtues of water, “the blue gold of our healthwhether it’s the oceans, the lakes or the swimming pool. The Romans understood it well, water has been healing since ancient times and the magazine reminds us of the existence of this physical and psychological therapy at your fingertips. Science is still learning about it and continues to study its effects on the body. In Biarritz, Dr. Guillaume Barucq, general practitioner and passionate surfer, giving medicine to his patients “Blue Orders”in which he advocates water activities to alleviate the symptoms of multiple sclerosis or cystic fibrosis, as demonstrated by Chiara, 24 years old.

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Chiara followed her doctor’s advice and moved to Biarritz to indulge in daily surfing: the sea air became medicine for her and even staved off an impending lung transplant. The effect of the sea cleans your bronchi even more effectively than a painful physio session. For each of us, the sea would be a remedy for flu, bronchitis…etc. The Japanese are convinced of this: the archipelago is dotted with onsen: these divine therapeutic hot springs are part of their daily life from childhood.

“Water, especially cold water, acts as a natural antidepressant. (…) Addictive, a real “daily Prozac”»

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Water, especially cold water, also acts as a natural antidepressant. For example, in Biarritz, since 1929, groups of bathers nicknamed the White Bears have been going for a swim at 12:30 p.m. sharp, summer and winter. It’s addicting, a real onedaily prozacsays one of the regular bathers. Cold water stimulates the immune system and produces feel-good hormones. Scientists are also studying extreme swimmers like Alexandre Fuzeau, a Norman general practitioner nicknamed the “Ice Doctor,” who dives into icy lakes without a wetsuit and comes out euphoric, almost invincible. It has been proven that the alternation of hot and cold baths (a practice of the Romans in their thermal baths) produces the effects of real cardiovascular gymnastics, thus enabling the fight against arterial hypertension without going to the medicine chest.

Diving also helps stressed people: well taken care of, it is on the way to becoming an innovative therapy, especially for people with post-traumatic stress, such as some survivors of the Bataclan attack, where chemical treatments are no longer able to work.

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