Among all the landscapes that we like, I think the sea is the favorite. Seeing the sea, feeling its aroma, the sand under your feet, is an unparalleled experience. I was born in a city that is relatively close to the sea, and every summer we traveled to the port. I think I was not more than a year old when I knew what it was to get wet in its waves and I began to familiarize myself with its sound when it exploded, with the smell of the breeze, the wonder of the sand and the open sky that is painted in colors in each sunset. Really a privilege.
The notion that the sea was good for health is not new. From the eighteenth century doctors prescribed trips to the coast or visits to clinics that offered treatments with seawater. In the mid-nineteenth century the sea baths were already a fashion imported from England and France. Today, some beaches offer wave baths along with thalassotherapy: water, sea mud, algae, sand and other sea substances as therapeutic agents.
It's not too long ago that scientists have begun to study the benefits of the ocean experimentally. The sea has many positive effects on health and well-being. Some researchers from the European Center for Environment and Health of the University of Exeter carried out a project a couple of years ago in which they showed students photographs of oceans, green fields and cities, and asked them in which of those environments they would prefer pay a hotel room. The results were always favorable to an ocean view.
Everything is cured with salt water: with sweat, with tears or with the sea.
Isak Dinesen, Danish writer (1885-1962)
The same sea breeze acts as a kind of natural spray rich in iodine. It is of great purity and rich in negative ions that reinforce the defense mechanisms of our body by breathing it. Apparently, it also prevents respiratory diseases.
In the sea water there are 89 essential elements present in our body, in addition to other vitamins and microorganisms that release antibacterial substances, endowing it with antibiotic properties and analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects.
It is no surprise that the beach environment is relaxing, the question is to know how much it impacts on the health of people. Bathing in the sea is not only refreshing and wonderful, it also produces physical and therapeutic benefits. What's more, a dip in the sea can be a beauty treatment.
In ancient Greece seawater baths were taken for their healing properties for skin conditions, in addition to being a good muscle relaxant. The simple fact of swimming in the sea, with the mechanical action of the waves, strengthens muscles and joints. It is also effective in alleviating circulation problems.
Bathing in the sea and sunbathing helps to potentiate the effect of vitamin D. The high magnesium content of water produces a very beneficial relaxation to reduce stress. Another reason to be a beach lover is that the skin benefits from its nourishing and exfoliating effect, which removes toxins. Due to components such as sodium, zinc and potassium chloride, seawater can have curative effects on burns or minor skin wounds, allergic reactions, eczema, etc. The minerals present in the water will keep your skin nourished, more elastic and with a more beautiful appearance.
We all react positively to environments that make us feel connected to nature, but the beach, with the sea and the sand, makes our brain feel more relaxed. Its effect is therapeutic, physically and psychologically. The mixture of the marine air with the sound of the waves offers a relaxation without equal, and the colors the blue of the water that arrives to the turquoise, the sky that is reflected in the sea are those of the calm and the serenity.
Finally, the best therapy is, without a doubt, to walk along the beach. Surrounded by the environment and the smell of salt, the sensation of the sand on our feet as it happens when walking barefoot on the grass transmits the sensation of being connected to the earth, and makes us feel better and more human.
Wanting to be close to the sea could be due to an innate preference for the sight and sounds of seawater, or to people responding positively to the way light reflects in the water. There may also be a preference due to individual associations, such as memories of a happy childhood at sea.
With the growing concern to avoid stress and relax to prevent diseases, this is one of the best recipes to feel happy and recharge. So, whenever you can: to the beach!