Benefits of Sea Swimming
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A swim in the sea may improve your mood and health. Hippocrates first used the
word “thalassotherapy” to describe the healing effects of seawater, according to
Pacific Naturopathic. Ancient Greeks appreciated the health and beauty benefits
of this mineral-rich water and bathed and soaked in seawater-filled pools and
hot tubs. Among several benefits, swimming in seawater can help increase your
immune system function, improve circulation, promote overall well-being and
hydrate your skin.
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Swimming in seawater may help facilitate the circulation of
blood in your body. Your circulatory system -- made up of the heart,
capillaries, arteries and veins -- carries oxygen-rich blood from your heart to
your body, then returns blood to your heart again. The main purpose of
thalassotherapy, or seawater therapy, is to increase blood circulation.
Seawater is used by many for overall improved health and well-being. Swimming
in warm seawater purportedly activates the body’s healing mechanisms to fight
conditions such as asthma, arthritis, bronchitis and inflammatory diseases, as
well as common aches and pains. Magnesium-rich seawater purportedly can also
relax your muscles, reduce stress and help induce sleep. Magnesium depresses
nerves to relieve nervous irritability for an increased sense of calmness,
according to wellness pioneer and author J.I. Rondale.
For a number of studies have shown that sea
swimming may have benefits for health, from boosting the immune system to easing
skin complaints and aches and pains, as well as relieving allergies. Some
research even suggests it may boost our sex lives.