- Leonel Pereira, PhD
- Department of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra, MARE-Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, Calçada Martim de Freitas, Coimbra, Portugal.
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Special Issue Introduction
Having a healthy life depends a lot on what the individual consumes during his life. Food is directly linked to the functioning of the organism as well as the quality of life.
Nutrition is part of every human being's life. With the intake of healthy foods, the body receives the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals necessary to maintain proper functioning, including preventing diseases such as obesity, anemia, and diabetes, among others.
The main sources of cosmetics used in thalassotherapy are sea water, seaweed, and clay.
Sea water originates from the depths of the ocean. As it moves to the surface, it brings substances from the various geological layers that emerge with a naturally balanced ionic rich content, which, in addition to some elements, have therapeutic properties, bringing a new balance to the metabolism, providing nutrition, and causing osmosis in the body's toxins.
Seaweeds, defined by experts as “ancestors of life”, as they have existed on Earth for millions of years, have a value linked to their primitivism. More than 25 thousand types of algae, from blue-green, green, brown, to red, are known. Each has a different concentration of nutrients that are used for a variety of purposes.
The clays used in the treatment are taken from the bottom of rivers and seas, they are called secondary clays (green and black). They are very rich in nitrogenous elements which give them a characteristic rich in nutrients and capable of eliminating toxins from the body.
Thalassotherapy plays an important role in both the mind and the body, so it is very possible that therapy may be prescribed. Therapy provides significant relaxation and revitalization. Massages and jet showers will be avoided in areas affected by cancer. We will opt instead for very soft treatments that will not cause unnecessary fatigue.
Aimed topics can be, but are not confined to:
● Herbal medicine and algae-based phytochemistry in cancer prevention
● Skin: anti-wrinkling and whitening
● Skin aging
● Therapeutic uses of thalassotherapy
● Nutrition for people with cancer
Submission Deadline30 Nov 2022