Ocean water contains many minerals needed by your body to help heal and detoxify. Some cultural beliefs are that ocean water’s mineral balance provides healing from every illness and skin disorder as well as serving as a spiritual rite in many cultures. In recent years, studies regarding ocean water benefits have shown that conditions such as arthritis, psoriasis and even depression are improved by ocean water swimming.
Arthritis occurs when your joints become inflamed and pain sets in. Burning sensations can also be felt depending on the type of arthritis you have. In 1994, the National Library of Medicine’s National Institutes of Health published findings of the effects of Dead Sea minerals on 20 individuals with psoriatic arthritis. The report states that the minerals found in the Dead Sea’s waters significantly relieved arthritic symptoms and improved joint range of motion and spinal inflammation.
Skin disorders such rosacea, psoriasis and eczema are also helped by the ocean’s salt water as minerals and amino acids in the water draw out impurities. With the removal of these toxins also comes faster healing time during flare ups where open lesions are present. Rashes from plant allergies or heat are also soothed by ocean water, improving skin texture and boosting your skin’s natural immunities. Waters are believed to increase blood circulation, thus speeding up skin cell regeneration, cutting healing times in half.
Warm baths have been attributed with stress reduction properties, but many may not realize the long-term stress reduction benefits of ocean water. The minerals in ocean water decrease stress and increase a sense of well-being. Water temperature also plays a major role in your emotional health when swimming in ocean water. Cool ocean water in the spring and fall months provides a soothing treatment for your nerves while warmer waters in the summer months relax your muscles, according to Dr. Connie Hernandez and Dr. Marcel Hernandez of Pacific Naturopathic in Mountain View, California.
Iodine, one of the trace minerals found in ocean water, is directly linked to your body’s natural ability to fight off infection. Iodine in ocean water boosts your thyroid function, increasing your immune system. For this reason, ocean swimming is known as preventative treatment from certain illnesses and infections. Ocean water also increases the amount of oxygen carried throughout your bloodstream and and provides the nutrients required by your blood cells to fight off free radicals.
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