The ocean is P – A – C – K – E – D with minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients, and even the sunshine at the beach can give you a healthful boost. These vital elements absorb into your body as you float in the gentle waves and benefit you in all kinds of ways. Let the salty water heal your body while the soft rushing of the waves and the smell of the salty air (oh yeah, the sea air also improves lung function, too) ease your mind. If the draw of sweet Ogunquit, The Dunes accommodations and amenities, and all of the wonderful things to do in Maine still aren’t enough to convince you, check out this list of healthy beach benefits.
Skin So Soft
Ocean water contains high levels of magnesium, which is easily absorbed by the skin and has been shown to improve skin elasticity. There is strong evidence that it is useful in managing acne, rosacea, and other skin conditions. A good soak in that salty puddle will leave you with smooth, hydrated skin. To up your beach benefits, give yourself a little sand exfoliating treatment before you dive in!
Give Your Immune System a Boost
When the prospect of a summer cold sends an unseasonal chill down your spine, help your body fight off the coughs and sniffles that could ruin a vacation. Rather than popping a multivitamin — no fun and très cher — pop into the ocean instead! Deeply beneficial ocean water minerals and vitamins are easily absorbed by your body while you float in the surf, leaving you relaxed and ready to battle the germs of summer or winter.
Embrace the Cold
Maine is known for its beauty, its pebbly beaches, and yes, its chilly waters. So it’s lucky indeed that swimming in cold water earns you numerous health points! Swimming in cold water burns more calories (your body is working harder to keep warm) and also sparks your body into producing tons of endorphins (happy, happy, happy). Combine the immune benefits of ocean water with those of cold water swimming, and you’ve got a recipe for a healthy swim.
Swim Well, Be Well
Time spent in the ocean is time spent improving your overall mental health. Aside from the soothing sounds of the waves and the generally relaxing nature of vacations, the ocean is packed with elements and minerals that help you let go of stress, improve sleep, and instill a sense of calmness. The magnesium that is so good for your skin is also shown to improve overall well-being. Better sleep and decreased stress? This might be the most exciting beach benefit yet!
Life’s a Beach
While excessive sun exposure is detrimental, the most effective way to get the vitamin D your body needs is from exposure to the glorious sun. Hit the beach when the sun is in the sky, and leave that sunblock off for 5-15 minutes before you lather up. Settle down in your chair on Ogunquit Beach, and feel that warm, soothing sun on your skin –– this sunny beach benefit certainly isn’t the worst way to take care of your body and mind!
Whether you are gearing up for a chilly New England fall and winter, or are doing your best to stave off the summer heat, treat your bod to some solid ocean time! A cottage with a view of the tidal river, daily swims in the Atlantic, and a little bit of quality sun time will surely cure what ails you. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your beach wellness getaway at The Dunes!