Why Your Beach Trips Could Be More Therapeutic Than You Think
About 70% of the Earth's surface is covered by water. We, as humans, are made up of about 55-60% water. Water is the binding element between us and our environment, and it is the nature of the bodies of water that surround us that ultimately affects us in ways greater than we may ever know.
Seawater has been used for medical purposes for hundreds of years, even before your regular recreational trip down to the beach was considered normal!
Historically, doctors would recommend a seaside trip to improve various conditions. They would actually issue prescriptions giving patients detailed information on how long to stay in the water, and under what conditions. I don’t know about you, but I'd take that prescription from my doctor any day!
Today, you won't have to look far to find seaside inspired products and treatments for health, beauty, and well-being. Sea salt is widely used in hair and skin care for its relaxing, detoxing and cleansing properties.
It is the combination of the sun, the sea water, and the sand, producing a perfectly balanced atmosphere of sounds, smells, sights, and sensations, that is the most natural and easily accessible form of therapy available to mankind.
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Water:Studies have shown that seawater strengthens the body against viruses, bacteria, and pathogens. It is particularly good at strengthening your immunity, with an abundance of minerals including magnesium, sodium, chloride, sulfate and calcium. Swimming in salt water has been known to benefit conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, hay fever and sinus issues, treating wounds and rashes, and giving you a beautiful beach glow.
Seawater can also be effective in healing beyond the physical body. The weightlessness of floating on water has a calming effect on the mind and slows down our brain waves. This feeling of floating is a great way to provide a state of peace, water therapy is widely used to replicate this sensation and is often used to even treat symptoms of depression and anxiety! Floating on water also means blood can be pumped easily around the body, bringing more oxygen to our brain which makes us more alert and active.
Air:Have you ever wondered why you always crash hard and sleep soundly after a day at the beach? It's actually because of the sea air.
Sea air is charged with healthy negative ions that accelerate our ability to absorb oxygen.
Just like a Himalayan salt lamp, or a sage smudging stick, the release of negative ions from the sea air improves the balance of serotonin, a chemical in the body linked to mood and stress. So even merely spending time near a beach will do you some good!
Sand:Just like sea air, there are benefits from walking and playing in the sand. Simply walking along the sand barefoot helps to neutralize positive ions within the body by absorbing minerals necessary for our wellbeing. Positive ions are commonly formed in high wind, dust, and polluted areas. However, we are at most risk to these free radicals from the technology we keep in our homes and offices. Fluorescent lights, electrical and computer equipment are all potent positive ion generators and erode the body's natural energy. It's important to take a break from these often stressful environments, and a breezy stroll along the beach has never sounded so divine.
Relaxation such as yoga and meditation are quite widely respected for its ability to calm the mind and the soul, release negativity and discomfort, and help to heal and rejuvenate. Sound during these types of mindfulness is more important than you think, as the environment where you choose to partake in these acts of self-love and self-care is extremely important to consider.
If you've ever sat peacefully on the shore, closed your eyes and listened to the sounds of waves, you won't be surprised by the impact of the sounds of water and waves on your well-being! Research has found that the sound of waves alters the wave patterns in the brain, lulling you into a deeply relaxed state. Hence why it's common to listen to sounds of the beach as a way to drift off into a peaceful sleep.
So next time you take a trip down to the beach, stop for a moment, listen to the waves, indulge in your senses and absorb those positive energies. Our sustainable, Recycled-PET fabric has been carefully created with you in mind. The soft, breathable and super stretchy fabric in our one piece swimwear lets you feel connected to the earth beneath you. Take a dip in the therapeutic waves, then throw on a pair of shorts and go for a walk along the sand, let nature determine your day!
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About The Author: Lauren Crabtree (@crabbypatty__)