The healing properties of the seas were first recognized by the ancient Greeks, who also invented the wave therapy. This water healing technique was used to heal eczema, arthritis, asthma, psoriasis and back pain, with even Hippocrates praising its powers. In the middle of the XIX century in France, big medical centers were offering the therapy for treatment of numerous ailments. So, where does the secret lie?
Water from the sea contains the elements all forms of life on Earth need – sodium, potassium, magnesium, silica and even silver and gold. Saltwater can enter our pores deeply and allow the minerals and other trace elements work their magic. The sea contains algae as well – these organisms are an excellent source of vitamins and minerals that can improve our overall health. Algae stimulate cellular regeneration and improve the quality of our skin, while also boosting the immune system and preventing infections and inflammation in the body.
Saltwater has powerful antiseptic and antibacterial properties, which is why it’s so useful against allergic reactions on the skin. According to the National Pediatric Hospital, using saltwater baths for treating allergies is the best natural way of reducing the inflammation in the lungs. Even the air at the beach is filled with negative ions that can make you breathe easier and is ideal for treatment of asthma.
Sunbathing isn’t just important for our tan – the sun supplies our body with vitamin D which is important for numerous processes in the body. This doesn’t mean that you should spend your days boiling under the scalding sun in the middle of the day – this can have negative consequences on your health. For best results, experts recommend sunbathing before noon or just after the sun starts to set.
Spending a vacation on sea can also reduce your stress – nothing has a more relaxing effect on our body and mind than the beach, saltwater, light breeze and the sound of the waves. Vacationing on sea can help us forget about the problems at work or in life, with even science confirming that the magnesium from saltwater can help the body relax.
Swimming in the sea can also reduce arthritis and back pain thanks to the nutritional profile of saltwater. It can filter the organs and stimulate the removal of toxins from the body and skin, in that way treating numerous diseases. Finally, the blue color of saltwater is highly relaxing for our eyes, so do yourself a favor and spend this summer on sea.