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The Powers Of The Sea | Health Benefits


 The Sea Is Good For You – But How?


For the many ways that you’ll have left the beach feeling good, here are a few more benefits to swimming in the sea that you might not be aware of:


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Skin

 

After a quick dip in the sea (before you prune, that is) you might have noticed your skin is looking its healthiest. While the sandy waters can exfoliate your skin, it’s the minerals that actually leave it looking fresher than before you dove in. Sea salt’s magnesium, calcium and potassium content is beneficial for many skin conditions. Think of it as a detox for your skin as it has been proven to absorb toxins on the surface of your skin, which can lead to infections and acne.

 

It also reduces the swelling of wounds. It’s high content of mineral salts such as sodium and iodine, ocean water has antiseptic and cicatrizing actions on you the skin.


Allergies

 

If you struggle with allergies during the summer and find that hayfever is keeping you from exercising outdoors, the sea could be your salvation. Not only do the sweet waters wash the irritable pollen particles and dust from your hair and skin, the beach tends to have a lower pollen count thanks to the sea air.


Stress Levels

 

Cold water and the motion of waves is known to relax you when you’re in an anxious state. On the surface of it, the shock of hitting the cold water jolts you from your nervousness, and the undulating waves can keep you at ease, but it is also sea water’s magnesium content that helps you to calm down.

 

Despite the idea shared by many that cold water sounds anything but soothing, a study by the University of Hull found that exposure to cold water does indeed wash away your stress.


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Metabolism and Circulation

 

Your metabolism and circulation will get a beneficial boost for the experience of running into the sea. The sudden drop in circulation combined with the physical activity of running or swimming raising your heart rate, which is good for your circulation.

 

Training in colder climates is proven to increase your metabolic rate. Training in the cold also encourages the body to transform everyday white fat into calorie-burning “beige fat”, which is usually found in athletes and those with a high lean muscle ratio. Your metabolism can also increase by 550 per cent when you swim in the cold water because your body works twice as hard to keep you warm – good news if you’re looking to burn extra calories.


Sleep

 

A good night’s sleep is one of the best reasons for a healthy lifestyle. Whereas a cold bucket of water is sure fire way to wake somebody up while they’re sleeping, swimming in the sea can help you sleep well that night. So if you’re struggling to maintain a good sleep pattern, a quick dip might be a good way to give it a kick start.

 

Your parasympathetic system, which is responsible for rest and repair when you sleep. It is stimulated by cold water so even if you’re looking for a solution outside of the summer when the beach is most appealing, the colder seasons needn’t be off limits. In fact, there’ll be fewer beach balls and lilos, meaning you’ll have the added tranquillity of an ice cold swim.


 

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Faye Reid

Faye Reid

Writer and expert

Faye has a MSc in Sport Physiology and Nutrition, and puts her passion into practice as goal attack for her netball team, and in competitive event riding. She enjoys a pun, and in her spare time loves dog walking and eating out.


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