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5 Reasons Walking on the Beach is the Perfect Health and Beauty Regimen

Updated on November 24, 2014

Many people love walking on the beach, but did you know that doing so provides many health and beauty benefits?

1) Sea Salt in the Air

There has been increased popularity in the use of sea salt in various types of health and beauty products in recent years. Sea salt has not gone through the same manufacturing processes as table salt, therefore, it retains vital nutrients and has health and beauty benefits. When an individual is exposed to it through the salty air at the beach, these nutrients make contact with the skin. It is a natural detoxifier due to its ability to absorb toxins from the skin. Other benefits include increased circulation, antiseptic effects, reduction of fluid retention, and softer-feeliong skin, among others. Sea salt can boost the amount of volume and bounce in your hair. It also provides nutrients to your hair follicles that makes them both softer and more nourished.

Sea salt is beneficial to your respiratory system because it decreases the secretion of phlegm or mucous and reduces inflammation. This helps make it easier to breathe. This is proven through the use of saline nose spray to open nasal passages.


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2) Sun

Heat from the sun affects our endocrine system by secreting endorphins, the natural chemicals in our body that make us feel relaxed and help lesson stress. Sunlight has many hidden benefits including reduction of depression, insomnia, and an overactive immune system. Ultraviolet rays from natural sunlight strike the skin and trigger vitamin D synthesis. Research has shown that a higher levels of vitamin D can improve mood, aide in weight loss, and help strengthen bones.

Sun exposure in moderation can help alleviate some skin conditions such as psoriasis, a chronic skin disorder that is associated with scaly pink patches on the elbows, knees and scalp. Ultraviolet light is commonly used to treat psoriasis, because exposure to a small amount of UV light helps dry the skin, causing it to flake off and heal.


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3) Beach Sand

Anyone who has ever had a pedicure can tell you how great their feet look and feel afterwards. Part of getting the feet to look great and feel soft is exfoliating and sloughing off the dead skin cells that cause the feet to feel dry and rough. A crucial part of the pedicure process is sloughing cream or exfoliating scrub. These creams are derived from gritty ingredients that "scrub" off the dead skin. Beach sand is the perfect "scrub" agent! In fact, many scrubs and sloughing creams actually contain sand. Walking on the beach allows the beach sand to work on your feet while you are reaping the other benefits of you day at the beach.

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4) Great View

Why is it that many individuals prefer their hotel room with oceanfront or oceanview? The most probable reason is because the view is breathtaking and relaxing. How many times have you seen or listened to tranquility CDs or sound machines with ocean sounds? It is because these sounds are conducive to relaxation and tranquility. Just being surrounded by the ocean ambiance can help individuals relax. Relaxation is known to help lesson stress and anxiety, reduce blood pressure, helps maintain healthy weight, can help combat acne, aids the decision-making process, lowers risk of stroke, reduces depression and stabilizes mood, among other benefits. Relaxation benefits heart health.

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5) Exercise

The most obvious benefit is exercise which is great for both health and beauty. Walking is a cardiovascular exercise when it is moderate to brisk or increases your heart rate. Walking on the beach can increase your heart rate, burn calories and help maintain a healthy and functional body.

Lack of motivation is often an issue that results in lack of exercise. Being in a desirable environment may increase motivation to walk and possibly result in walking a longer distance. Walking longer increases all of the previously mentioned health and benefits.

In summation, walking on the beach provides many possible health and beauty benefits. The salty air is good for the respiratory system and for hair and skin. The sun aides in vitamin D absorption and can alleviate some skin conditions. The sand is nature's pedicure. The ocean and beach provide relaxing views and sounds. Last, but not least, walking is exercise and with help from the environment, individuals may be motivated to walk longer which further enhances all of the benefits. There's no time like the present to take advantage of the beach and all it has to offer!

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