Benefits of Saltwater Bathing/Swimming
The majority of us can identify with that one-of-a-kind, refreshed feeling after a nice dip in the ocean. Our mood is lifted. We feel a new sense of strength - as if we just woke up with a different mindset and perspective. Are these feelings just in our heads or is there, perhaps, more to it?
After looking more into this, I found there have been countless studies done on this exact topic, with numerous scientific studies showing the medical benefits that seawater can potentially have on our bodies, leaving us feeling revitalized.
Seawater can increase one's not just overall mood, but overall health, as well. There is an actual term for this, called thalassotherapy.
- Thalassotherapy is the healing effects seawater has on one's health and how therapeutic it can be.
- According to spas.about.com, "Thalassotherapy is the therapeutic use of the ocean, its climate, and marine products like algae, seaweed, and alluvial mud. The name comes from the Greek words thalassa ("the sea") and therap ("treat")."
- Vitamins, mineral salts, amino acids, and more - all which produce antibacterial effects promotes a healthy immune system
- Seawater can increase one's circulation by restoring essential minerals that are often depleted due to factors, such as stress
- Swimming or bathing in seawater is well known to have its anti-inflammatory benefits
Another important point to remember is that you can still reap the benefits of Thalassotherapy, even if you prefer not to swim or relax in the actual ocean. Walking on the beach, breathing in the seawater air, or even opting for a spa treatment (i.e., a seaweed wrap) can all impact your overall wellness and benefit your health tremendously.
If you're a South-Floridian, there is no excuse why you can't take a portion of your time and dedicate it to - at the very least - sit by the ocean. Use it to meditate...and let yourself "soak" it ALL in.
I don't know about you, but I'm feeling like the seawater is calling my name at this very moment... :)