Benefits of Living Near the Sea
Living near the beach may come with an extra perk: better health.
A new study analysed information from more than 48 million people and found that the nearer they lived to the coast, the more likely people were to report good health within the past year.
The results held even after the researchers took into account possible health factors such as age, sex, socioeconomic status, and whether they lived near parks or other green spaces.
Living near the coast has been shown to reduces stress and help people to experience more feelings of calmness and relaxation.
People who live near the sea often get outside more and therefore get more of a Vitamin D dose as the sun is a wonderful source of Vitamin D. If you want to get the most out of the sun’s UV rays and avoid the more harmful midday rays, take a morning walk down by the shore for 30 minutes between 6:00 to 8:00 AM. Vitamin D is important to help strengthen the immune system against colds and flu and helps to keep bones and muscles strong, including repair after damage. There have also been links showing low Vitamin D levels contributing to many cancers including colorectal, breast, ovarian, pancreatic, kidney and prostate cancer.
Living by the sea also gives you easy access to salt water. Salt water contains many minerals that are good for your health. The potassium present in salt water is beneficial because your blood needs it after exercise. The other minerals present in salt water like magnesium help in making your nervous system healthy and easing muscle tension. The sodium in salt water on the other hand keeps your immune system in check, for appropriate fluid balance in your body. The calcium helps in keeping your bones and teeth healthy.
For those of us lucky enough to live by the sea this wonderful, and completely free natural health resource is always available. Next time you want to get out and about, why not go down to the beach for a walk amongst the waves and improve your health along with your mood.