25 Jul The amazing powers of Vitamin Sea
We’re very keen on you putting down all your digital devices and tech and getting outside, but did you know that there are specific health benefits associated not just with being in nature but in being by the sea? Here’s why you should be trying to take a dose of vitamin sea whenever you can:
1. The sound and sensation of the sea soothes the brain.
Don’t you just love the sound of the sea? And think of all those sleep podcasts featuring ocean waves, they must be on to something, right?. Well yes, research shows that the sound of waves alters wave patterns in the brain lulling you into a deeply relaxed state. Relaxing in this very deep way helps rejuvenate the mind and body. And when you get in the sea and float in the water, blood is diverted around from your lower limbs and pumped towards the part of the body near the heart, because you are no longer standing upright. Fresh blood being pumped around the body brings more oxygen to your brain which makes you more alert and active.
2. Sea air helps you sleep.
If you’ve ever wondered why you always sleep more soundly after spending the day on the beach, it’s because of the sea air. Sea air is charged with healthy negative ions that accelerate your ability to absorb oxygen. Negative ions also balance levels of seratonin, the body chemical linked with mood and stress. Which is why after a beach holiday you feel more alert, relaxed and energised!
3. Sun makes you feel good and improves your skin.
When you’re lying on the beach, the heat of the sun affects your endocrine system – the part of our body which secretes endorphins – the natural chemicals in our body designed to make us feel relaxed and less stressed. And, a certain amount of sun can also be good for some skin complaints such as psoriasis and dermatitis. Researchers have also claimed that bathing in seawater increases the elasticity of the skin, and improves its outer appearance.
We’re a bunch of mermaids at Time to Log Off so don’t need any more excuses to get into or on the sea. But if you do, we think those should do the trick!