The seaside has so many positive effects on our well-being and I call this magic 'Beach Therapy'. The closer we are to the water, the greater the benefits.
Many of us associate 'The Beach' with being on holiday - a time when we would naturally be more relaxed - so when we feel happy, relaxed, carefree and stress-free, we naturally assume it’s that ‘Holiday Feeling'......beach therapy at work!
Well yes, psychologically, just being on holiday can do wonders for our general well-being however being near the sea or ocean also gives us real, physical health boosts too.
Indeed, many years ago, doctors knew all too well about 'Beach Therapy' and actually used to prescribe trips to the beach or visits to 'Bathing Hospitals' (specialist clinics that offered seawater bathing treatments) way back as far as the 18th century – long before any real scientific studies had been done.
Around 1750 Dr Richard Russell wrote about the therapeutic benefits of seawater and encouraged people to go to the beaches rather than inland spas. It is thought that he contributed greatly to the ‘Seaside Mania’ that took hold in the second half of the 18th century.
He thought seawater could relieve a myriad of conditions and advised his patients to swim in and also to drink it. Very few people at the time disputed his findings.
The first swimsuits and bathing caps were produced and the wealthy took to visiting coastal areas to seek out these health benefits and soon, the seaside holiday trade was born and beach therapy grew in popularity.
Since those times, people have flocked to beaches throughout the world seeking relaxation and health boosts to help keep them pepped up through the rest of the year, often jetting off to far away places when the sun doesn’t shine at home.
A simple day trip these days is no longer a luxury for many of us, so it can be an affordable, fun way to get some much deserved therapy, even in winter, although those longer, warmer days do bring along their own special benefits too.
The simple answer is Minerals! Yes, Minerals.
Minerals are inorganic elements and are found everywhere, such as in food, in soil, in sand and the air and these are absorbed into our bodies every time we wash, bathe, eat, breath…in fact do anything…so finding a good source of them is important. We need some minerals more than others, such as magnesium, calcium and iron and others we only need tiny amounts of such as selenium and zinc. Add them all together and they are responsible for 100s of processes that occur in our bodies every day.
Unfortunately, we all eat crops that are grown in nutrient-deprived soils resulting in the poor uptake of vital minerals, which in turn leads to poor, sluggish health. Most of us don't realise that our health isn't top-notch as we just get used to the way we are and it isn't until we take a holiday or day trip to the seaside that we suddenly feel on top of the world and it's all down to the vital minerals found in sea air.
The more visits to the seaside you make, the healthier you will feel.
And if you take a swim in the sea or stroll along the sands barefooted, you’ll take in more minerals in a faster time.
Not everyone lives close to the sea but that doesn’t mean they have to miss out because there are ways to achieve Beach Loving status at home too.
We need most of the elements known to man in order to maintain optimum health and keeping these minerals in balance is a never ending, complex task, one which requires a constant supply of those 'missing from the soil' nutrients.
Nutrients that are washed out of the soils end up in the seas and oceans, which are already teeming with essential goodness. The balance of minerals and trace elements found in sea water is extremely beneficial to optimum health and as they are ionic they are perfect for absorbing into the human body.