Beach Health Benefits

Aug 1, 2014 by Rocky Point Times

Salt Water

Sea water is a miracle treatment for acne and semi-permanent scars. Salt is an excellent curing, clearing, and cleansing agent. The sodium chloride helps to cleanse the skin and is often effective for mild acne. Instead of using harsh chemicals that can damage pores and because scarring, try taking a trip to the waves instead.

Salt water heals cuts and sores. It rids the skin of foreign toxins and cures cuts. It may sting when you first touch the water, but when you come out, it should be much less painful than before you went in.

Salt water also acts as a natural shampoo. The salt cleanses oils from your hair. If you have a particularly greasy scalp, salt water is an excellent way to strip unnecessary oils from your hair. Bathing in sea water adds volume to your hair, as the salt gets rid of the built up chemicals. The water even gets rid of dandruff because it acts as an exfoliate to your scalp. It clears your nasal passage ways. Why use a nose tea-pot when you can just go for a swim. Finally, swimming in sea water helps you stay fit. This is perhaps the most conventional of the benefits of the beach. When you are swimming, you use muscles in your shoulders, arms, and legs which aren’t used in any other activity.

The Sand

At the beach, sand is everywhere. We walk in it, we bury ourselves in it, we even play with it. But what do these little grains of rock contribute to our beach spa?

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Perhaps most importantly, sand is a natural exfoliate. Have you ever noticed that after leaving the beach, the soles of your feet are really soft? This is because you’ve been walking around on sand all day! The finer the sand, the better the exfoliation. It is important to exfoliate your body because you are simultaneously stripping away dead skin cells, thereby making your skin soft to the touch, and also allowing your pores to breathe better.

Walking in sand also helps you stay fit. Walking on the beach takes so much more effort than walking on the ground. This is because of the dunes in the sand and the inconsistent, and constantly changing location of the grains underneath your feet. You burn up to fifty percent more calories walking on sand, plus since your muscles are trying so hard to get traction, they get toned a lot faster. Finally, have you ever buried yourself in sand? It turns out that sand burial actually is good for you too. It increases your bodies overall resistance and also raises your circulation and metabolism. Your body works a lot harder with all that extra weight on it. By burying yourself in sand, you give your body the impression that you weigh that much more, and thus increase your heart rate, and consequently your metabolism.

The Sun and Heat

It is a well-known fact that human beings should get some sun. Ideally, you should spend at least half an hour in full sun daily. Most people know that light from the sun stimulates the Vitamin D production in your body. But what does Vitamin D actually do? Well, Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, or a steroid hormone. Basically, it goes into the nucleus of cells in your body and either turns them on or off. Vitamin D helps to reduce your risk of heart attacks, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, and depression while also boosting your immune system, reducing acne, and combating type II Diabetes. Perhaps most importantly in this day and age, Vitamin D helps to dramatically reduce your risk of cancer. So go to the beach, slap on some sun screen and stay a while. Don’t forget to put on sunscreen of at least SPF 15, because this way you will still get Vitamin D and a tan.

It turns out that staying in the sun also makes you happier. People who don’t spend at least half an hour daily in the sun are nine times as likely to develop depression. So keeps that smile going strong by staying in the sun at the beach.

Finally, the sun (and consequently the heat) also makes you perspire which raises your level of circulation and your metabolism. Sweating is very healthy; as it helps your body rid itself of excess toxins while also helping it cool off. The stimulation of perspiration makes your heart rate increase and also increases metabolism, so don’t be afraid to let out the sweat!

Seaweed and Sea Food

Seaweed contains an anti-oxidant which is up to 100 times more effective than the traditional antioxidants Vitamins C and E. Studies show that taking a seaweed supplement for only six weeks can: reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol while increase HDL (good) cholesterol, increase elasticity and openness of arteries, improve memory, boost circulation, enhance mental sharpness, and even help you sleep better.

Seafood contains Omega 3 fatty acids. Normally our bodies get bombarded by Omega 6 fatty acids, these fats are found usually in chips or other packaged products. Over seventy percent of humans lack omega 3 fatty acids because they are so hard to find. Among the few foods that have omega 3s besides seafood are nuts and avocados. But fish and fish oil is undoubtedly the most plentiful supply of these healthy fats. Omega 3 not only regulates your triglycerides in the blood, but also reduces blood clotting, inflammation, risk of heart disease, risk of stroke, and is vital in the production of brain and eye tissue.

This article is brought to you by the Sonoran Resorts Sales Team, www.sonoranresorts.mx, Jim Ringquist, Director of Sales and Marketing.

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