According to a survey conducted in Great Britain, there are sound scientific reasons why the sea makes people feel better. Apart from the nutritional properties of sea water itself, the ocean provides a variety of other health-giving elements you can benefit from.
The research showed that the sound of waves alters wave patterns in the brain, lulling you into a deeply relaxed state. Also, if you go swimming, floating in water means blood is diverted around from your lower limbs and pumped towards your abdominal region. Fresh blood being pumped around the body brings more oxygen to our brain which makes us more alert and active.
And if you've ever wondered why we always sleep more soundly after spending the day sailing, it's because of the sea air. Sea air is charged with healthy negative ions that accelerate our ability to absorb oxygen. Negative ions also balance levels of seratonin, a body chemical linked with mood and stress. Which is why after a sailing holiday you feel more alert, relaxed and energised.
When we're on a boat, the heat of the sun affects our endocrine system - the part of our body which secretes endorphins - the natural chemicals in our body designed to make us feel relaxed and less stressed.
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