The seaside has many positive effects on our well-being and I call this '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 us generally, 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. We need some minerals more than others, such as calcium and iron and others we only need tiny amounts of such as selenium and zinc.
Unfortunately, many of us eat crops that are grown in nutrient-deprived soil which then means our intake of vital minerals is not adequate, which leads to poor, sluggish health. Most of us don't realise that our health isn't top-notch as it is normal for us 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 mineral we take in are not all good minerals and some of the essential minerals we need are not supplied in very great quantities.2