1 Vitamin D from Sunlight = Vitamin Sea
The essential vitamin for healthy bones, recent research also suggests that sunny star nutrient vitamin D can also help prevent depression and protect against colds.
The most natural way to boost your vitamin D is to expose bare skin to sunlight (obviously with the appropriate level of sun-tan lotion!)So how much more enjoyable can it get than strolling along the beach, paddling in the surf with the knowledge that you are boosting this essential nutrient; #Sunshine is the best medicine!
2 Sand is Nature's Exfoliant
We all long for skin that is polished to perfection, and spend a small fortune searching for the perfect exfoliator. However, why not wait until you arrive beachside and indulge in nature’s very own free exfoliator… sand?
A barefoot walk on the beach is not only hyper-restorative for the soul, but also incredibly beneficial for the soles of the feet.....Afterwards you could sit on the beach, and using handfuls of sand, gently exfoliate your skin using small circular motions. Rinse with plenty of cool water, and make sure that you apply a good moisturiser and sunscreen post scrubbing. You will have the smoothest, glowing skin in no time! Try combining sand with #CoconutoOill or #OliveOil for a super indulgent 100% natural body scrub.
3 Soothe the Soul
One of the miraculous benefits of being close to the sea is that it inspires contemplation and creativity, giving you time to reflect – with no agenda, no goal and no specific purpose; just utter tranquility that will allow your mind and soul to recharge.
Whilst lying on the beach or lounging beside an outdoor pool, the warmth of the sun positively affects our endocrine system - the part of our body which secretes endorphins. These naturally occurring chemicals relive stress and enhance pleasure, producing spontaneous feelings of happiness, and even euphoria.
4 Sleep - A Cure All
“Sleep is the best meditation.” – DALAI LAMA
If you've ever wondered why we always sleep more soundly after spending the day on the beach, it really is due to the sea air. Sea air is charged with healthy negative ions that accelerate the body’s ability to absorb oxygen. These same negative ions also balance our levels of seratonin, a natural body chemical that is linked with mood, appetite, depression and insomnia. During and after a holiday you feel more alert, relaxed and energized, and it’s all down to the wonder of serotonin.
5 The Wonder of Anti-Ageing
Salt water has long been renowned for its healing properties, but what is perhaps less commonly known is that seawater is packed with anti-aging minerals that can help protect against wrinkles, sagging skin and maintain elasticity. It may not be as transformative as chemical or invasive procedures, but a regular swim in seawater will help keep your body noticeably tighter and firmer – and all for free!
Seaweed is also full of nutrients, including vitamins C and E, which moisturise, boost collagen production and help prevent UV damage. Its anti-inflammatory properties are particularly beneficial to rosacea and acne sufferers.
6 Beach Fit
This one is not exactly a scientific fact, but tends to be a rule of thumb. Whilst at the beach we all tend to move around a lot more than whilst sat at a desk, in a car, or watching TV at home.
Walking on the beach is proven to give you a better workout than walking on the pavement, grass or other hard-surface. “Walking on sand requires 1.6-2.5 times more mechanical work than does walking on a hard surface at the same speed.” – THE JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL BIOLOGY.
That is besides all the extra fitness activities that we often only indulge in at the beach; surfing, jogging, horse-riding, frisbee, and beach volley or football are all great ways to tone up whilst soaking up the sun.
7 You May Not Know...Walking barefoot is a real feelgood experience that is also known as earthing. Skin is a natural conductor, and in days gone by, when people walked barefoot, the ball of the foot, a natural acupuncture point, was in direct contact with the ground, therefore essentially grounding the body.
Whilst grounded, the earth’s free electrons transfer to the body, these free electrons are the most naturally occurring antioxidants known to man – their benefits perhaps unrivalled, boosting the immune system, preventing inflammation and aiding antiaging.
In today’s society, we pretty much always wear shoes, even in the summertime, whether it be sandals, jellyshoes or flipflops… except when we’re on the beach, so kick off your shoes, and feel the sand between your toes, you’ll be improving your health far more than you realise.