“My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea.”- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
It’s no secret that people associate feelings of relaxation and peace when they think of the beach. The smell and sounds of the sea, the warmth of the sun…it’s heavenly.
Hippocrates, the father of medicine first used the word “thalassotherapy” to describe the healing effects of the seawater, according to Pacific Naturopathic. (Thalassa means sea in Greek.)
So what are some of the benefits of being by the sea?
“The sea cures all aliments of man.” – Plato
- It helps us feel relaxed and sleep better.
- The sounds of the sea can alter patterns in the brain which help us fall into a more relaxed state.
- Salt in sea air helps absorb some water in the respiratory tract and open airways.
- Salty Sea water has been shown to improve asthma, sinus pressure coughing and other respiratory issues.
- Sea air = fresh air. The air is charged with negative ions which accelerates our ability to absorb oxygen and balance serotonin levels.
- Sea air also promotes good sleep. The smell of the sea makes us feel good.
- When you are surrounded by things that make you feel good you generally feel less stressed and healthier.
Researchers have discovered that people living closer to the beach are healthier than people who don’t.
- The sun heats our bodies, which in turn releases endorphins that relax us. Bye bye stress.
- Sea water is rich in magnesium, sodium, potassium, calcium and iodine. All of these minerals get absorbed into the skin when you dive into the sea.
- Magnesium helps eliminate muscle and joint pain. It also helps to hydrate and replenish our skin.
- Iodine increases thyroid function, fights infection and overall helps to improve our immune system
- Sodium and Iodine has antiseptic and cicatrizing effects on the skin. It heals wounds basically.
- Potassium is an electrolyte, which is charged with positive ions. It helps reduce blood pressure, water retention, helps regulate muscle reflexes and nerve impulses.
- Calcium promotes bone health.
- The salty sea water helps heal skin conditions and is a natural exfoliator.
“Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Being by the sea encourages an active lifestyle.
- People who spend time by the sea participate in water related activities which means unplugging from our electronic devices.
- Water Polo, Paddle Boarding, Swimming, Sailing and all other water based activities recharge our brains.
- Being in the water sparks creativity and compassion.
- The sea is tranquility.
Of course you can always just relax on the boat and do some fishing, soaking up some sun rays and breathing in fresh sea air.
I can’t wait to go home and start feeling healthy.