Seawater and spending time on the beach has a long list of health benefits. Even if it had a placebo effect on our health, we would still be attracted to the beach. In this article, we’ve listed some of the benefits of seawater, swimming and spending time on the beach.
How is seawater beneficial for us?
Seawater uplifts your mood while also boosting your health. It is called a natural drug and promotes a feeling of happiness that surfers are well aware of. Seawater has magnesium so it calms people.
The salts in the water regenerate skin cells and clear any acne or skin condition you may have. Seawater also strengthens the immune system, after a swim red blood cells increase by five percent. White blood cells also increase. Exercising in seawater is great for bones, muscle pain and rheumatoid arthritis.
Swimming in the ocean
Have you ever thought why healing and spa resorts are built by the sea? The reason behind this is the calming effect of the seawater and the overall environment. Seaside is a place where people can let go of their problems and it has proven to cure arthritis.
Ocean and seawater has a significant amount of minerals like chloride, sulphates and calcium. These elements are beneficial in treating many skin conditions like psoriasis. Bathing in naturally mineral-rich water is called balneotherapy and is recommended to people with different skin condition even the autoimmune ones. Thus swimming in seawater is great for patients with skin conditions as well as those with bone conditions. It has a meditative and stress releasing effect on patients and normal people alike. Swimming in the cold water of the sea activates certain receptors in the body and thus, some hormones like endorphins, adrenalin and cortisol are released. These hormones have medicinal benefits for many musculoskeletal conditions.
Benefits of walking on sand
You may be a fan of having long walks on the beach, but did you know that walking there has actual benefits for you? Sand is well known as a natural exfoliant. Walking on sand even fine sand exfoliates the skin of your feet. Don’t forget to wash and moisturize your feet afterward. Walking barefoot on sand has been proven to balance sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. It has been seen to reduce inflammation in some cases.
Electron rich soil of the earth also provides good exercise. Soil is soft and the feet and calves have to put in more effort which provides a better workout than walking on solid ground. An added plus is burning more calories while you walk on sand. According to research, it burns 50% more calories than ordinary walks.
The calming sounds of the waves and seagulls, all have a relaxing effect on you. It is also good for people with blood pressure. There you have it some benefits of spending some time on the sea.
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