Living close to the seaside has many benefits for the human body. In fact, patients with all sorts of health conditions were prescribed ‘holidays at the shore’, so we could help them treat a variety of illnesses in days gone by.
1. Breathing fresh, salt air
The salty sea air by the coast does wonders for the respiratory system and those with asthma, bronchitis, sinus pressure, and coughing will notice a difference in their condition after just one day at the beach. Ocean air also contains negatively charged ions that help absorb oxygen and balance out serotonin levels, resulting in more energy and diminished depression.
2. Vitamin D
The reflection of the sun off the sand and the ocean is a great way to get the daily dose of vitamin D. Vitamin D from the sun improves autoimmune protection, increases endorphins, lowers the risk of cancer, and enhances bone health.
3. Swimming in salt water
There is no greater healer than salt water. Swimming in the sea enhances the immune system, hydrates skin, and boosts circulation. Seawater that is rich in magnesium also has also been shown to relax muscles and helps induce sleep.
The sound of waves alters wave patterns in the brain lulling a person into a deeply relaxed state. Relaxing in this way can help rejuvenate the mind and body. Also, floating in the nearby sea diverts blood from the lower limbs and pumps it towards the abdominal region - the part of the body near the heart - because we are no longer standing upright. This fresh blood brings more oxygen to the brain making people more alert and active.
5. An active lifestyle
Living by the beach encourages physical activity, ultimately leading to a healthier lifestyle. Why are people more active at the shore? Simply, the coastal paths,beautiful beaches, sun and nature encourage people to take more outdoor activities than they would usually do at home.