It is said that a good day at the sea can improve your mood. While we all are in love with the idea of relaxing on the sea or on the beach, but how many of us know that this seawater has numerous health benefits as well?
On the occasion of World Oceans Day coming up, we made a list of benefits that ocean water, and correspondingly sea water come up with.
Benefits to the Immune System
Sea water contains iodine which boosts the thyroid activity, thereby enhancing the immune system. Sea water is also said to be a natural antiseptic for infections caused by bacteria, parasites, and fungus.
In fact, thalassotherapy (the use of seawater) increases blood circulation by increasing RBCs about 5 to 20 percent. It also replenishes the body with depleted minerals. Inhaling salt from the water loosens up mucus to relieve cold, flu, or other pulmonary problems. People suffering from sinus or bronchitis should take a dip in sea water occasionally.
Sea Water Skin Benefits
Everyone knows that all the world famous spas use sea salt for their spa and massage treatments. Why? It is because salt water is an effective cleanser that can help regenerate your skin. Some of the diseases that can easily be cured by ocean water are acne, semi-permanent scars, cuts, ulcers, and psoriasis. Sodium chloride is a natural treatment for mild acne. So next time instead of trying chemical-based cosmetics, take a trip to the sea.
Sea Water and Hair Benefits
Salt water from the beaches or oceans also acts as a natural shampoo. If you extremely oily hair or a greasy scalp, salt water can help to remove excess oils. An excellent way to strip excess oil and dandruff from your hairs is to take a bath in the ocean water. If you use many hair products such as conditioners, gels, hair sprays, they can leave the hair damaged and frizzy. Sea water gets rid of these chemicals and as a result, adds tonnes of volume to your hair. The salt also acts as an exfoliant to remove dandruff flakes from your scalp.
Sea water and sunrises (or sunsets) are one of the treasures of life. Both work together to reduce stress, relax nerves, and heal the mind and soul. People suffering from emotional disorders such as anxiety, insomnia, depression, and nervousness can benefit a great deal from a day at the beach.
This is mainly because sea water contains magnesium and lithium, great calming elements, which help in stabilizing serotonin and melatonin levels in the brain. Bipolar disease uses a medication of lithium and bromine to soothe the mind. Going to the beach or sea treats insomnia, reduces high blood pressure levels and helps you sleep better.
Swimming in Sea Water
Finally, the most known of the beach’s benefits is swimming to stay fit. A swim in the sea can change your mood in a positive way. The water opens pores to absorb minerals and expel the toxic waste from the skin. Among other positive effects include hydration of the skin, increase in oxygen levels to fight off free radicals and overall health.
Did we miss any of the benefits of saltwater? Tell us about your experiences with seas and oceans and share with other readers.