Why Living By The Ocean Is Actually Healthy For You

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Some people focus on the dangers of the ocean such as floods, storms, tsunamis, etc. However, research shows that living near the ocean can actually have tremendous health benefits.

Relaxation and stress relief is one of the most obvious benefits of being by the beach. People have for many years turned the ocean to find peace and relaxation.

In a study shared by the Journal of Environmental Psychology, author J. Aaron Hipp, Ph. D., an environmental health expert and assistant professor at the Brown School, mentioned the restorative environment of the beach.

"Studies have shown that natural environments like beaches and waterfront parks offer more restorative benefits to people than gyms, entertainment venues and the built urban environment," said Hipp.

So what are the three big benefits of living by the beach?

1. The Sun

Although too much exposure to sun has risks and health hazards, there are also great benefits when exposed to the sun in moderation.

When our skin is exposed to the sun, we soak in that previous vitamin D that many of us are lacking. Vitamin D is helps our body absorb calcium and build big and strong bones. A large chunk of vitamin D enters our bodies through exposure to the sun.

But just how much sun should you get a day? Well, according to the Mayo Clinic, just 10 minutes of sun exposure a day can provide you your daily dose of vitamin D.

According to the vitamin D Council, "your body can produce 10,000 to 25,000 IU of vitamin D in just a little under the time it takes for your skin to turn pink."

Vitamin D is great, but we don't recommend getting more sunlight than you need as there are also risks of skin cancer. Make sure to apply plenty of sunscreen when heading out to catch the rays!

2. The Sand

Here's a quick fact: the soles of our feet have more sweat glands and nerve-endings per square centimeter than any other part of our bodies. Walking barefoot stimulates these nerve endings much more than walking in shoes.

Running in the sand also strengthens the muscles in our feet, something that we can't really do while walking with shoes. Researchers have also found that walking on sand consumes 1.5 to 2.5 times more energy than walking on a hard surface.

Study co-author Dr. Thierry M. Lejeune, M.D. says, "our muscles perform more mechanical work when running or walking on sand than on a hard surface."

Walking on sand can also enhance your mood! Martin Zucker, author of Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?, says that we may be better "connected" to the earth when we get rid of our shoes, allowing us to take in major mood-boosting benefits.

3. Surfing

Sea Water has the ability to detoxify and heal our bodies. This is due to the high levels of minerals in sea water such as iodine, potassium, and magnesium.

Swimming has many benefits on the human body such as lower stress levels and increased sense of well-being. Research also suggests that swimming can help those suffering from anxiety and depression

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Source: Medical Daily