Your Body on the Ocean
Few things are more relaxing than a dose of sun, sand and sea air—and there is plenty of research to prove it. Here’s how a day at the beach soothes your body and mind.
© Lungs—Salty air has been shown to reduce lung inflammation, helping relieve asthma symptoms. Many patients with lung diseases have also reported less coughing and sinus pressure when exposed to sea air.
© Skin—Sea salt helps restore skin’s protective barrier, which seals in hydration longer, keeping skin smooth and softer.
© Brain—A view of the ocean lowers stress, according to researchers who found that the more “blue space” you see, the calmer you feel.
© Heart—If the water is a little chilly, take a dip anyway. Plunging into cold ocean water improves circulation.
© Joints—Swimming in the sea can ease pain of conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, possibly due in part to the inflammation taming effects of soaking in salt water.