3rd July 2018
Why you should swim in the ocean:
If you’re like us and lucky enough to live near the coast, be sure to take regular dips in the sea! Chances are you're getting more out of it than just enjoyment. It has long been thought sea frolicking has many health benefits. Historically, doctors would recommend their patients go to the seaside to improve various illnesses. They would actually issue prescriptions detailing exactly how long, how often and under what conditions their patients were to be in the water. Using seawater for medical purposes even has a name: thalassotherapy.
The healing powers of the sea, from soothing your skin to clearing up sinuses, experts reveal the benefits of swimming in the ocean....
- Ocean water differs from river water in that it has higher amounts of minerals, these include sodium, chloride, sulphate, magnesium and calcium. This is why it's highly useful for skin conditions such as psoriasis
- Ocean swimming has benefits for eczema, another immune-mediated condition because the sea is rich in other mineral salts, it can be considered an antiseptic
- Historically, doctors would recommend their patients go to the seaside and the coast can also be relaxing, meditative and reduce stress
- Ocean swimming and exposure to the salt environment are associated with reduced symptoms of hay fever, sinusitis and respiratory symptoms.
- Cold-water swimming activates temperature receptors under the skin that release hormones such as endorphins, adrenalin and cortisol. This has been linked to an increase in the release of dopamine and serotonin
- Frequent exposure to cold water has also been shown to increase the body's immunity
Perfect your sea swimming skills in Cornwall with Lenhatcher Swim School
With thanks to Dave Nicoll and Visit Cornwall.