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Beach Living Can Boost your Health

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By Mikkie Mills

Everyone knows that beach living features fresh, bracing sea air and stunning sunsets, but not everyone may know that living close to the ocean also has many important health benefits. You may want to consider relocating to a Place like Orlando or another great city on the coast. There is more to these cities than just the beautiful scenery.

Many beach communities restrict automobile traffic close to the water. For residents living nearby, that means they can simply leave their cars at home and walk to the water's edge. It's a rare freedom not enjoyed by the average city-dweller. It's a stress-relieving lifestyle. What could be more enjoyable than walking to the beach, taking a swim, maybe playing a game of volleyball or two and then simply walking back home? These are just a few of many reasons to explore the new homes Orlando has to offer.

Sea Air and Your Thyroid

The thyroid gland is a small organ located in the neck area. It produces a hormone known as thyroxine. It's critical to proper metabolism. It's also involved in the following body functions:

  • Heart rate
  • Breathing
  • Body temperature
  • Female menstrual cycles
  • Muscle strength
  • Cholesterol levels

The thyroid gland requires a nutrient called iodine in order to function properly. Failure to ingest enough iodine can result in a thyroid condition known as goiter. Iodine is very difficult to obtain from diet alone. That's why salt is iodized. For people living inland, it's about their only source of this mineral. For people living near the ocean, iodine is as easy to get as a lungful of sea air.

Vitamin D and Other Healthy Benefits

Some 75% of Americans do not get enough vitamin D, which is a critical vitamin needed for bone and immune system health. Vitamin D is actually formed by the body on the skin. Just 10 to 15 minutes a day of good sun exposure is enough. The ocean will actually increase the intensity of the sun's UV light that is responsible for the formation of vitamin D. You don't want too much exposure to UV light. However, exposing your arms to the sun's rays for a few minutes before applying sunblock will give you adequate time for your skin to synthesize its own health-giving vitamin D.

Sea air and seawater are both rich in magnesium, an important mineral nutrient. Magnesium is necessary for proper muscle function. It also helps the blood to clot properly. It assists in the body's metabolism of other nutrients, too.

Swimming in seawater may help those with arthritis pain and muscle pain. Salty sea air is naturally antibacterial. It aids breathing and may help those suffering from lung conditions like asthma. Sea air, rich in magnesium, salt and iodine, may also stimulate the immune system and help to improve certain allergies and skin conditions.

The Beach and your Brain

Ocean waves have a calming effect because they produce negative ions. These ions enhance the body's ability to absorb oxygen. They also balance brain levels of a neurotransmitter known as serotonin. Serotonin is involved in mood, emotion and stress. Inadequate brain levels of this critical substance can result in depression. The ocean's waves also induce feelings of relaxation because the sound is naturally pleasing to the brain. Ocean waves may even reduce levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. When cortisol levels are too high, especially on a regular basis, they can have very damaging effects upon the body.

Just walking barefoot through the beach's sand may have health benefits, too. The bottoms of the feet have a rich network of nerve endings. These nerve endings may be stimulated by the sand in positive ways, similar to how acupressure works. The bottoms of the feet can also absorb beneficial ions.

Take some time to consider what a move to an Orlando beach community may mean to you in terms of less stress and better health.

About Mikkie Mills: “I’m a Chicago native who loves to share her expertise about personal development and growth. When I’m not writing, I’m chasing the little ones around or rock climbing at the local climbing gym.” More articles by Mikkie
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