Thoughts of living at a beach house, for most of us, brings about images of clear blue skies and beautiful tropical blue beaches as we call up fantasies of ultimate relaxation and well-being.
But what brings about these feelings? You may think it's just a result of clever advertising or a built in instinctive urge to return to the sea from where we first came but it's not. Metaphysically and psychologically, water is associated with creativity and feelings and being close to the sea brings out our feelings and fosters creativity. But Living at a beach house or on oceanfront property has actual health benefits resulting from being near the sea.
Seawater and Sea Air … Good for Body and Soul
Research tells us the sound of waves alters the wave patterns in the brain soothing you into a deeply calm and relaxed state. Relaxing in this way can help revitalize your mind and your body. But the sound of the waves is just one of the health benefits of living on oceanfront property.
Fresh Air for Sleep
Ever surprised why we always sleep more soundly after spending the day on the beach? Well it's because of the sea air. Sea air is charged with healthy negative ions that increase our ability to absorb oxygen. These negative ions help balance levels of serotonin, a body chemical associated with mood and stress. This is the reason that after vacationing you feel more alert, relaxed and energized and after a day spent at a beachfront property you start feeling deeply relaxed and able to rest more soundly.
Sun for Feeling Good
Another health benefit of living in a beach house or on beachfront property is of course the beach itself. When we're lying on the beach, the sun feels magnified and so relaxing. This is because the heat of the sun effects our endocrine system (the part of our body which releases endorphins) these natural feel good chemicals are designed to make us feel relaxed and less stressed.
Sunshine is a main source of vitamin D and this vitamin plays a major role in strengthening the bones and boosting the immune system. Inadequate levels of vitamin D are associated with several autoimmune diseases including multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroiditis and Crohn's disease. Recent research on this subject suggests that vitamin D may also prevent the growth and spread of various cancers, including some skin cancers.
Sun to Improve Skin and Aid with Skin Conditions
Our skin is the largest organ of the body and it absorbs chemicals and substances (both good and bad) and tries to rid itself of these substances through sweat. Although care must be taken to avoid overexposure to the suns UV rays, some sun can be good for some skin conditions such as psoriasis and dermatitis. The ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun slows the production of skin cells and reduces inflammation. A common treatment, performed by dermatologists, for these conditions is by the use of an artificial light that emits low-level UV rays.
Seawater to Promote Health
When living in a beach house or on beachfront property you have the advantage of bathing in your own therapeutic pool … the sea. The beneficial qualities of seawater have been known to man for centuries and have been noted as having a great healing effect on the fishermen's hurt hands. The saltwater helps heal the wounds, reduced infection and promoted pain relief.
The magnesium content of seawater is significant enough to have a nutritional and calming effect on our nerves, which explains why sea bathing is so relaxing. Potassium in seawater enters the skin and encourages good urinary flow. Seawater contains all the 89 known elements present in our bodies, including osmium, gold, vanadium, zinc, and iodine.
Bathing in seawater opens the pores and helps to remove toxins from the body by means of the lymph system, which is valuable in eliminating trapped fluids around the thighs, knees and ankles. Research also shows that bathing in seawater increases the elasticity of the skin, and improves its outer appearance.
Not all of us are lucky enough to live in a beach house. But those that do live on oceanfront property are more likely living a calmer, less stressful life with all the health benefits the sun and sea provide.