If you know me at all, you know that I LOVE the beach. I feel like the best version of myself when I’m by the sea. I’ve always known minerals in the ocean and air have health benefits, but it wasn’t until recently that I discovered what they actually are. So, let’s dish.
We all know the sound of waves crashing on the shore is soothing and relaxing. However, did you know that research has shown being near the ocean also lowers levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body? It’s also full of negative ions, which improve the quality of air we breathe. Negative ions are known to reduce inflammation, especially in the lungs and improve respiratory health. The salt in the ocean can clear your airways, promoting better breathing.
I love this next one. The ocean is home to a variety of minerals and nutrients that boost our immune system. Swimming in it increases production of white blood cells that help fight off infection and disease. Plus, the salt heals wounds and promotes overall skin health.
Obviously, the ocean has a calming effect on the mind and can improve overall mental health. Research shows being near it helps reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. For me, it’s the connection to nature that promotes feelings of well-being and happiness.
Last, but not least, swimming, surfing, water sports, even walking across the sandy beaches are great ways to exercise and be active. The ocean is a natural environment for physical activity with the waves and currents providing a unique and challenging workout. So, being active in the ocean promotes better cardiovascular health and helps prevent chronic disease.
I have never needed a reason to love the beach, but if you ever needed one, here you go. From reducing stress and improving respiratory health to boosting your immune system and promoting physical activity, the ocean has something to offer for everyone. So, the next time you’re feeling down or stressed, take a quick trip to the beach and immerse yourself in the healing power of the ocean.
Peace and love.