Why the beach is so good for the soul...
Doing something that makes you happy is good for you. It really is as simple as it sounds.
If you're reading our blog, we're going to assume you love the beach, and even just the thought of it makes you a little warmer. However there’s more to it than the sand between your toes and the sparkling blue water that makes you feel so good. Unlike other mindless restoration activities, the elements of the beach make it a naturally healing place for various reasons. Here’s why:
It’s your daily dose of Vitamin D
Did you know that we need vitamin D to help absorb calcium and promote bone growth as well as healthy teeth? Our bodies naturally produce vitamin D when we are exposed to sunlight, but when we don’t get enough sunshine, we can feel a little sad and flat. It’s no wonder Winter weather can leave us feeling a little glum. Also, getting enough vitamin D can reduce your chances of getting the flu. What’s not to like?! It’s also really important for lots of other important body functions like regulating mood-swings.
There's so many fun activities
Going to the gym can feel like a chore at the best of times, which is why hitting the beach is the best way to get a workout in without even realising it. Try paddling boarding, volleyball or scuba diving. The options really are endless, and you won't even realise you're burning off the pina coladas!
Sand acts as a natural exfoliant
Sand is nature’s natural exfoliant and it can help to slough away dead skin and leave your skin feeling much softer as a result, plus it’s way cheaper than an exfoliating treatment at the spa. Try rubbing sand on the soles and especially the heels of your feet to revitalise your feet. There are thousands of nerve endings on the soles of your feet, so when you walk barefoot on the sand, you’re quite literally connecting with nature.
The colour blue is calming
If science says it’s true, who are we to argue?! Scientists say the colour blue has a calming effect on the mind. Some people even believe ocean therapy can be used to help treat PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). We know the colour blue is associated with peace and tranquility. What better reason to head to the beach?
It improves your mental health
In this fast-paced digital age, life can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. A digital detox is the best thing you can do for your head. Studies show that there are clear links when it comes to living in a coastal area and mental well-being. Being at the beach means our mind and body both get a cognitive break. Quite simply, it’s almost like pressing the reset button for yourself.
It’s beneficial for your skin
Who knew that the ocean is actually really good for your skin? Seawater is packed full of anti-aging minerals that helps improve the skin’s elasticity like iodine, plus it also helps cuts to heal faster. Just be mindful of the sun’s rays and use a good spf, to avoid getting burnt. Be especially careful when it comes to your face and the suns rays. We recommend Factor 50, you'll thank us later!
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The beach helps to decrease stress
Trips to the beach can have potentially huge mental health benefits. Scientists say that regular trips to the beach are one of the best ways to ward off stress and depression. There’s also a good reason why you often drift off when you’re lying on the beach, it’s because the rhythmic sound of the waves, actually help your brain to relax.
The beach is good for your lungs
Have you noticed that when you first step out on the sand and allow your lungs to be filled with salty air how good it feels? That’s because the sea air contains ions, which calms your senses and helps make us more cheerful. Fact! The salt in the air which contains these negative ions, are also beneficial for your respiratory system.
You never needed an excuse, but if you were looking for one, now you have plenty. So hit the beach, get some serious R&R and let mother nature work her magic on you!