Good news…science wants you to pay a visit to the beach! Taking a breath of fresh air, a dip in the sea and a walk on the sand is certainly a pleasant way to spend your time. But a study has shown that not only do we like to be beside the seaside, but it may actually be good for us too, concluding that there is an association between visiting the shore and overall wellness…what better excuse to visit the Island and enjoy our beautiful beach hut sunsets?!
Need convincing? Here’s five beach benefits…
Research shows that the sound of waves alters wave patterns in the brain, lulling you into a deeply relaxed state. Relaxing in this way can help rejuvenate the mind and body enabling you to switch off from stress.
If you’ve ever wondered why you always sleep more soundly after spending a day on the beach, it’s because of the fresh sea air. Sea air is charged with healthy negative hydrogen ions that accelerate our ability to absorb oxygen by neutralising damaging free radicals (positive ions). Negative ions also balance levels of serotonin, the feel-good hormone linked with mood, stress and anxiety. This is why after a coastal holiday you feel more alert, relaxed and energised.
A boost of vitamin D
The reflection of the sun from the sand and sea is a great way to get your daily dose of vitamin D. As long as you have thoroughly applied your SPF, getting some sunshine everyday is really good for your health. Vitamin D from the sun improves auto-immune protection, increases endorphins and enhances bone health. Your skin absorbs vitamin D from the sun even with sunscreen – so pile it on and get outside!
Healing salt water
There is no greater healer than salt water. Swimming in the sea enhances the immune system, hydrates skin and boosts circulation. Sea water is rich in magnesium which has been shown to relax muscles and help induce sleep.
Do you know that feeling of relaxation that overcomes your body when you dig your toes in the sand? It’s not in your head. The sea has been proven to inspire creative thinking, reduce anxiety and promote compassionate thinking!