Good News! Science Wants You To Relocate To The Beach

Friday, May 19, 2017

It has been long speculated that living near the ocean has its benefits on one’s health, and now there is data to back the theory up. Studies done by the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Exeter in England indicate that those living near the ocean are healthier than those who live in the mainland. The study took into account age, gender, and socio-economic status, and the results showed that those who lived at the shore were in finer health state than those far away from coastal areas.

The study revealed that visiting the shore has some relation to overall wellness, but the lead researchers stated that this kind of study couldn't prove exactly why. Even so, scientific studies conducted in the past focus on what exactly it is about the beach that stimulates a person's well being.

Either way, we can all agree that it sounds like the perfect reason to move to the coast.

Here are five ways beach living improves one's health:

1. The “Om” Factor

Are you familiar with that relaxed feeling that floods your body every time your toes dig into the sand? It’s not all a figment of your imagination. Dr Wallace J. Nicols, scientist and author of "Blue Mind", suggests that the ocean inspires creative thinking, reduces anxiety, and promotes compassionate thinking.

2. An Active Lifestyle

As indicated by the Exeter study, life by the beach encourages one to indulge in physical activity, ultimately leading to a healthier lifestyle. Dr Michael White, the lead researcher of the Exeter study, states that people are more active at the shore because the coastal paths and beaches encourage outdoor activity.

3. Breathing Fresh, Salt Air

No better smell exists than that of fresh sea air, so start inhaling deeper at the beach because it is good for you. The salty sea air at the coast performs wonders on the respiratory system and those with conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, sinus pressure, and coughing will find a notable difference in their condition after just one day at the beach. Negatively charged hydrogen ions, also found in beach air, help absorbing oxygen and balance out serotonin levels, leading to more energy and reduced depression.

4. Extra Vitamin D

As long as you're smothered in SPF, the sun's reflection off of the sand and the ocean is a great way to get your daily dose of vitamin D. Vitamin D from the sun enhances bone health, improves autoimmune protection, increases endorphins and lowers the risk of cancer. Research conducted by the King’s College London’s Institute of Dermatology shows that, even with sunscreen, the skin absorbs vitamin D from the sun– so smear it on and step outside!

5. Swimming in Salt Water

Salt water is a known great healer. A swim in the ocean improves the immune system, keeps skin hydrated, and boosts circulation. Seawater rich in magnesium has also been said to aid in muscle relaxation and help one sleep better. And since swimming is one of the greatest types of exercise, you’re better off paddling in the ocean rather than in the swimming pool.

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