▷ Why is sea air good for you ?
Being close to the ocean can have a positive impact on your health: the closer you are to the sea, the better you feel. Historically, as far back as the 18th century, doctors prescribed curative shore trips, and recent studies suggest that the link between the ocean and health is a scientific fact. Not only does being by the sea promote good physical health, it also improves your mental well-being.
Get some sea air !
Being near the ocean is relaxing. Researchers have found that the sound of the waves changes brain patterns, putting you in a state of deep relaxation and rejuvenating the body and mind. Also, the seaside encourages physical activity, even if it's just a walk on the beach.
The fresh air of the sea
The sea air is very iodized, but also extremely pure, well oxygenated and free of germs. It stimulates the respiratory capacities, facilitates digestion and the work of the heart. With 7 to 70 times less dust than in the city, and up to 200 times less carbon dioxide, it pushes us to fill our lungs to the full.
This clean air, thanks to the winds, is enriched in oxygen because the atmospheric pressure is high there. It is also full, thanks to the small bubbles of seawater that burst on the surface, of minerals and trace elements present in the water, which form a "natural aerosol" promoting the dilation of blood capillaries and accelerating exchanges between the organism and the marine environment. As for the negative ions, present in very large quantities (especially when the sea throws itself on the rocks), their tonic and anti-stress effects have been proven: the heart rate, in particular, slows down in most people.
The sea air calms the nervous system, except in some people, whom it can conversely irritate, no doubt thanks to the effects of iodine (which acts on the thyroid gland). Some are really very tonic, especially those where, when the sea recedes, it reveals a lot of algae, very rich in iodine.
Move in the water, effortless sport
In addition to its exceptional composition, seawater, which is rather cool, has an invigorating effect and activates blood circulation, improves motility (a biological term that refers to the ability to move spontaneously or by reaction to stimuli and actively, by consuming energy) and the elasticity of blood vessels. So many reasons to dive into it as often as possible and take the opportunity to clear your mind by doing the plank for as long as you want!
Especially since, a big advantage, once immersed in water, the body is infinitely lighter, which not only facilitates flotation but also a good number of activities, with visible results on muscles, skin tone, blood circulation, body sheath. And all without injuries, since the joints are spared (and relieved), which explains why the rehabilitation of sports injuries is often done at sea or in the pool.
Take the opportunity to take an invigorating walk along the coast. This "aquatic hike" in other words a submerged walk up to the waist, at least, and ideally up to the diaphragm. Thanks to the strong resistance of the water, it is a real endurance sport that trains the heart, sheaths the body, muscles the top and refines the bottom, while preserving the joints.And don't forget to protect your feet!
Benefits on the immune system
Swimming in the sea exercises the whole body, improves blood circulation and strengthens the functioning of the immune system Studies have shown that vitamins, minerals and Amino acids found in seawater have antibiotic and antibacterial effects that promote immunity. In addition, swimming in warm sea water activates the body's healing mechanisms to combat conditions such as asthma, arthritis, bronchitis and inflammatory diseases, as well as common pains.
Benefits on the skin
The seaside is also good for the skin. Scientists have claimed that the magnesium contained in seawater increases the elasticity of the skin, hydrates it and improves its appearance. Salt and potassium chloride, which are found naturally in seawater, are great healers. Finally, a certain amount of sun can be beneficial for certain skin conditions such as psoriasis. Indeed, a small amount of ultraviolet radiation from the sun's rays helps to dry out the skin and promotes its healing.
Mental health benefits
Proximity to the ocean has a significant impact on mental well-being. When you sit on the beach, listen to the roar of the waves, feel the ocean breeze blow through your hair, and enjoy the warmth of the sun on your skin, you feel great. This seaside excitement is known as "thalassotherapy", a term coined by Hippocrates.
The rhythmic sound of the waves pounding the shore brings you to a meditative state. The benefits of meditation are numerous: reducing stress, deep relaxation, increasing happiness, improving peace of mind, spontaneity and increased creativity. Also, meditation is said to help you discover your purpose in life. Think of it as perspective: a year spent in an office and in an urban environment shortens your visual horizons. You stare at a screen all day, and when you look up, your view of the sky is framed by an office window or a traffic light.
At the beach, the endless horizon of the sea is so vast that you can almost (almost) perceive the curve of the earth. The visual stimulus your brain receives from this view literally opens your mind to new opportunities and experiences.
While you sit on the beach and ponder the meaning of life, the heat of the sun acts on your endocrine system, allowing it to secrete endorphins - chemicals in the body that provide a feeling of well-being. Seawater salt also contributes to your mental well-being by supporting the levels of melatonin, tryptamine and serotonin in your brain, that fight depression.
Enjoy the benefits of the negative ions present in the sea air. In today's society, thanks to computers, television and electronic devices, we are surrounded by too many positive ions (free radicals).By turning off your gadgets and increasing your exposure to negative ions, you will strengthen your immune system, increase your alertness and improve your concentration And you will sleep well !