Sea bathing can be a veritable health treasure if you look at all benefits it offers. There’s the specific sea climate, sun exposure, sea breeze and the seawater, not to mention the psychological healing effect associated with the idea of vacation!
Are you or, maybe someone in your family suffering seasonal affective disorder (SAD)? Don’t treat it with antidepressants or artificial light – you need the sun and fresh air!
It has been found that sea bathing gives peace of mind, an increased energy, self-confidence, self-control, better introspection, a way to control your stress, and an all-around more vibrant life. Oh, and it also improves the quality sleep.
Health Benefits of Sea Bathing
The beautiful sea, the bright, shining sun and the refreshing sea breeze are the ingredients for the perfect health.
1. Sea water
Therapeutic sea bathing, also known as Thalassotherapy is based on the similarity between the chemical composition of seawater to that of the human body.
The main ingredient of the seawater is the sodium chloride due to which, taking a sea salt bath is often recommended for a variety of medicinal reasons.
However, the real sea is much more than a solution of salts. It is a living environment that includes the presence of plankton and microorganisms.
In health centers at sea shores use natural saline waters with specific concentrations and temperatures for treating:
- Rheumatic disorders and arthritis,
- Central nervous system and peripheral nerve diseases,
- Post-traumatic, orthopedic and postoperative disorders, as well as
- Gynecological diseases
The list of the treatments can continue with:
Chronic pharyngitis, bronchitis, asthma, non pulmonary tuberculosis, psoriasis.
Bathing in seawater is more effective if done in the natural environment, due to the additional benefits that come from the sea air and sun.
2. Sea Breeze, rich in negative ions
There are also many benefits coming from breathing the salty air produced by the sea breeze:
- When water sprays, releases waves “good” ions, purifying the air, killing bacteria, and increasing our energy level, especially in sunny days.
– This is why people living near bodies of water high in salt content, such as the Mediterranean Sea, tend to have few respiratory problems, healthy skin,, and an increased overall sense of well-being.
– These negative particles in the air have a refreshing, invigorating effect. They also help increase well-being, and physical and mental capacity.
- The sea breeze helps balance body energy and relieves depression.
- Inhaling the salty air produced by the evaporation of sea water has been found to be an effective treatment for asthma, sinus allergies and other respiratory problems.
- The sea air is also full of seawater particles rich in iodine, which helps regulate the thyroid gland.
3. Sunlight and Ultraviolet Radiation – Heliotherapy
Every person needs sunlight exposure to create vitamin D. If you try to get your daily dose of vitamin D through your diet, you’ll be left lacking. For most of us, UVB radiation is the primary source of vitamin D. Getting enough sun helps your body function properly. In fact, for asthmatics and for people with osteoporosis or cancer, sunlight is medicine!
- Sunlight was first (successfully) used as medication to treat children with deformed bones (rickets). When exposed, sunlight corrects deformities by facilitating the calcium absorption. Both, Water activities and exposure to the sun are very important for child development and health.
- These days doctors recommend gradual daily exposure to sun as a natural way to prevent osteoporosis.
Dr. Batmanghelidj’s explains that the sunlight energy converts cholesterol in the skin to vitamin D, which is responsible for our calcium needs.
– Use the sunlight to your advantage to lower unnecessary cholesterol deposits and promote denser bones! But remember:
Don’t underestimate the danger of the sun on your skin, especially in the first few days. When under the sun, keep your body hydrated so you skin doesn’t suffer adverse effects of too much exposure. Sun exposure should always be made gradually, and the use of sunscreen and after sun lotions will help you stay comfortable for the rest of your vacation. Small children, or hypertensive persons, should wear sun hats and spend more time in the shade.