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Beachy Benefits

March 16, 2017

Awesome sauce! Spring is arriving. Time already sprang forward and warmer days are mere sun rays away. Exactly why I’ve already planned for a healthy dose of beachy benefits. Just imagine…sand, sun and surf. Well, two out of three ain’t bad. However, you do realize the trio is as inseparable as mac and cheese, or popcorn and a movie. So, unless you’re standing on a rock in the middle of the ocean, if there’s sun and surf…there’s sand. Those who’d settle for the rock are usually complaining about sand getting into places sand ought not to be getting into. I get it, I’ve had sand between my toes too. However, think of sand as an exfoliant. Yeppers, a nutrient rich exfoliant glistening under warm rays waiting for you to take advantage of its mysterious scrubbing power. Not really a mystery if you think of it like an enormous grainy loofa.

Another little known beachy benefit is the magical healing power of sea water. Okay, not exactly magical, but extremely powerful. In a side by side study comparing a sodium compound used to treat rashes and sea water; amazingly, sea water’s healing effects cleared up rashes and other skin afflictions faster than the sodium compound. Also, ladies, sea water creates more elasticity, smoothness and makes your completion clearer. Wowzer, wrinkles beware, we’re going to the beach!

In addition, a beach vacation has been prescribed by doctors for years for its calming health benefits on patients. Especially those prone to anxiety and depression. Medically speaking there are several reasons for this. One is simply relaxing in the sun, which causes the body to produce endorphins. Known as the happy hormone that relieves stress. Secondly, negative ions in the air are a huge benefit since breathing improves, allergies decrease and our immune systems are boosted when we spend adequate time inhaling negatively charged ions. Researchers have also discovered spending a day at the beach helps you sleep better, especially listening to the waves at night. Who knew? By the way…are you packed yet?

If not, there are simple ways to simulate beachy benefits right at home. Remember ‘sound machines’? Currently still available, if you want to reap the rewards of restorative sleep purchase one with an ocean wave sound. Apparently, the sound of waves, softening as the wave rolls out, then amplifying as it crashes on the shore, creates a subtle change in brain waves patterns. Relaxing us into a deep sleep as if mom was softly singing our favorite lullaby. In this overstimulated world, rejuvenating sleep is exactly what the doctor orders for a healthier body and mind when we can’t make it to the sandy shoreline.

Besides, well-rested equates to well-being. Dickens, who’s up for a beach trip now! Okay, for those of you still tripping over the sand thing, at the very least, buy yourself a CD or sound machine with ocean waves. Think of it as a prescription. Sorry, no, you can’t deduct it on your taxes.

However, there is good news. Another healthy alternative to sand between your toes is a Negative Ion air filter. I’ve always felt my best at the beach. My BFF and daughter feel the same. Gina and I suffer similar aliments, while my daughter acquired allergies after the babies were born. Yet, at the beach we breathe easier. For Gina and myself there is the added benefit of having less joint pain. I never knew why, always suspected the salt air. And in a round-a-bout way I was right. Where there is light and moving water the air becomes charged with negative ions which attach themselves to positively charged allergens, causing them to become too heavy to float so they fall to the ground. Meaning, unless you’re buried up to your ‘ought not to get into places’ in the sand, all the microscopic reasons you don’t feel well are suffocating under the weight of negative ions leaving the air you inhale clean and full of beneficial restoring powers. Waterfalls, right after a thunderstorm and taking a shower have the same positive effects.

Wowzer, I’m buying an air filter and sound machine today. Right after I finish packing. Hey, there’s no such thing as too healthy!

Can you imagine… if every day was as refreshing as a day at the beach?

Smile, it looks so good on you.



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