Beginning in the 16th century, English doctors endorsed the healing power of water for everything from bad moods to heatstroke. Some of his methods, like vacations by the sea, proved effective. Others like to repeatedly submerge women in the cold sea, not so much.
In general, however, they had the correct idea: There is a connection between the proximity of a body of water and better mental and general health.
Besides the beautiful scenery, being near the water has many benefits. We put some of them together and we’re ready to share them with you.
Seawater Helps With Skin Issues
Seawater is loaded with minerals that heal the skin: magnesium, sodium, calcium, and sulfates. They fight effectively against various skin conditions, such as dermatitis, psoriasis, and others.
Salt is a natural exfoliator that removes dead skin cells and leaves it smoother than ever. It’s no wonder that seawater is home to many sources of anti-aging products.
Swimming Lowers Blood Pressure And Heart Rate
When we swim, our blood is redirected from our extremities and peripheral organs and closer to our heart due to the horizontal position.
This effect improves our blood circulation in general in the long term. It also lowers our heart rate and lowers our blood pressure.
In fact, in the water, our heart rate drops by 5 to 6 beats per minute, compared to training on the ground, such as running.
The Sound Of Water Helps Us Sleep Better
We sleep more soundly near the water for two things: the waves and the air. Our brain interprets the pounding of the waves as a non-threatening sound, which calms us in a very relaxed state, in contrast to high-pitched sounds, such as sirens or screams.
It can also increase the production of serotonin and dopamine, our wellness hormones.
Air, on the other hand, is loaded with negative ions, which help your body absorb oxygen and regulate sleep patterns.
Water And Sea Air Strengthens The Immune System
Swimming in open water is not only a great way to increase your strength and endurance, it can also boost your immune system.
Sea air strengthens your natural defenses and the iodine in ocean spray helps regulate the thyroid gland, which is responsible for the body’s metabolism, development, and growth.
The Sea Alleviates Stress
The power of the sea to relieve stress is legendary. Fresh air, the sound of waves, the mere sight of water, or a combination of all three, lowers our stress levels.
In some cases, swimming in open water can lead to an immediate improvement in mood and even help with serious mental health problems, such as depression.
Swimming Creates A Workout Opportunity For Everyone
By definition, spending time in “blue environments” promotes physical activity, lowering the risks of diabetes and other conditions associated with obesity.
They are also very affordable. Older people, pregnant women, people with arthritis, and those recovering from an injury can all benefit from this.
Water reduces stress on your joints, bones, and muscles, so you’re unlikely to hurt yourself.
Regardless of your style, swimming keeps every muscle in your body engaged, from your forearms to your feet.
And, unlike land exercises, you don’t need to add weights, as the water resistance is always pressing against your body, helping you build muscle strength.
How do you feel about bodies of water?