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3 Reasons Going to the Beach Is Good for Your Health

3 Reasons Going to the Beach Is Good for Your Health

It’s summertime, and if you’re anything like me, the warm weather and longer days of sunlight have you yearning to spend some quality time at the beach. But not only is going to the beach loads of fun, it’s also good for your health. And here’s why:

 

You’ll walk barefoot in the sand:

One of the things I love about going to the beach is feeling the warm sand against my feet. Did you know that there are over 200,000 nerve endings on the soles of your feet? And walking barefoot stimulates them much more than walking in shoes. No wonder walking barefoot in the sand feels like a succession of blissful explosions on the bottom of my feet. Not only are you stimulating nerve endings, but when you walk on wet sand, you’re also exfoliating dead skin cells from your heels. And you’re strengthening all the muscles in your feet, muscles which don’t get used as much when you’re wearing shoes. Walking in the sand allows you to make direct, physical contact with the earth. This is important because when we directly connect with the earth, we’re getting a sufficient supply of electrons, which supports our immune system to function at an optimal level.

 

You’ll spend some time in the ocean:

On a hot summer day, there’s nothing like having the cool, ocean water splashing against your skin. Plus, the ocean contains many minerals that help the body heal and detoxify. Among the many minerals found in the sea is iodine. Iodine helps the body fight infection while boosting thyroid function. The sea also contains magnesium, a mineral that has a calming effect on our nerves. Swimming has been known to decrease stress and increase a sense of well-being in most people. Conditions such as psoriasis, arthritis, and depression even show signs of improvement after a nice long swim. Seawater increases elasticity of skin, improving its appearance. It also improves circulation, helping the body to carry blood to all its vital organs.

 

You’ll get some sun:

A controversial issue these days is whether to be out in the sun or stay indoors (unless you’ve saturated your skin with suntan lotion). Some experts say to be wary of skin cancer and other health problems that can occur from overexposure to the sun, while others believe regular exposure to the sun to be of great benefit to one’s health. After all, life on this planet was only able to evolve and flourish because the earth was close enough to reap the benefits of the sun’s radiant energy. If the sun were to vanish or extinguish like a Roman candle, all life on earth would cease to be. Yet at the same time, the sun’s radiation, in excessive amounts, can also be fatal. If the sun were to implode in on itself someday, the explosion would be so huge that it would obliterate our little blue-green world. Personally, I love to be out in the sun and feel my skin absorbing its heat. (The sun is the best source of Vitamin D, better than any supplement you can buy. It decreases depression by increasing serotonin, it boosts your immunity, and it is essential for healthy bones and skin, among many other benefits.) But I’ve also known many people who have health issues and skin disorders that are aggravated by too much exposure to the sun. In my opinion, getting some exposure to the sun is beneficial, but everyone should use good judgement when deciding on how much exposure is right for them.

 

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Aimee Dansereau

Aimee Dansereau is a freelance writer living in San Diego, California. She once lived in Boulder, Colorado for several years, where she received an M.F.A. in Writing and Poetics at Naropa University. Her interests include writing, natural health and medicine, organic foods and the labeling of GMOs, spirituality, yoga, meditation, environmental issues, and human rights.

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3:11AM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

Thank you :)

12:04AM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

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4:20AM PST on Feb 17, 2013

Thank you.

10:17AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

I moved from living across the road to The beach, then forced into the city...
it's the saddest thing.
I dream of my ocean. Most peacefully place the world.

3:14AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

well done! very brave and humble of you and very brave to be very humble. I Wish I were more like You. I wish I would not think twice or be "shy" which is just another form of pride and go buy the man a meal and eat with him. one day....working on it

11:29AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Thanks for sharing. I went to the beach last month. It helped my psoriasis as well (salt water therapy).

7:18AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

I moved to the Gulf Coast 6 years ago, have always loved the water, It is very refreshing, great for allergies, except when the BP blowout happened. The mountains is all so very healing, it is all about nature.

12:38PM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

@ Beverly G.

I understand your situation completely! I haven't had a vacation in over 10 years! Although if I were to get away it wouldn't be to a beach, I just don't trust anyone else with my two fur babies!

12:34PM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

I'd rather go hiking in the mountains!

12:21PM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

@ Beverly G....if I am in your neighborhood...I cat sit. look me up maybe I can help you get a vacation....

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