Fitness brings to you the hidden health benefits of Sea Walking.
Sea Walking 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.
Better your Immune System
Seawater contains vital elements, vitamins, mineral salts, trace
elements, amino acids and living microorganisms that can produce
antibiotic and antibacterial effects to help promote a healthy
immune system. Reportedly, the components of seawater, similar
to human blood plasma, are easily absorbed and utilized by your
body while sea walking and swimming. Inhaling a sea mist filled
with negatively charged ions, or molecules that attach to your
lungs also boosts your immune system, according to naturopathic
doctor Connie Hernandez. In addition, proponents claim that sea
walking and swimming in seawater opens pores in the skin to
allow the absorption of sea minerals and the expulsion of
disease-causing toxins from the body.
Increases circulation of blood in your body
Sea Walking and 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. Swimming
or bathing in warm seawater improves circulation by restoring
essential minerals depleted by stress, a poor diet and
environmental poisons, according to the Thalasso Experience
Improves overall Well-being
Seawater is used by many for overall improved health and
well-being. Sea Walking and 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.
Improve the appearance of your skin
The magnesium in seawater may also help hydrate and improve the
appearance of your skin. According to a study in the February
2005 edition of the “International Journal of Dermatology,”
bathing in a magnesium-rich Dead Sea salt solution helps promote
skin moisture. People with atopic dry skin, or dryness on the
skin’s surface, submerged one forearm for 15 minutes in a bath
solution containing 5 percent Dead Sea salt and the other
forearm in regular tap water. Researchers discovered that the
salt solution improved skin hydration and significantly reduced
skin inflammation symptoms such as redness and roughness when
compared to tap water. Observed skin benefits were attributed to
the high magnesium content of the Dead Sea salt.
Sea water is a miracle treatment for acne and semi-permanent
scars. Salt is an excellent curing, clearing, and cleansing
agent. The sodium chloride helps to cleanse the skin and is
often effective for mild acne.
Salt water heals cuts and sores. Salt water has been used as a
cleanser for thousands of years. It rids the skin of foreign
toxins and cures the cuts. That’s why it is often recommended
that we gargle with salt water. The salt also dries out any pus
that is in wounds. It may sting when you first touch the water,
but when you come out, it should be much less painful than
before you went in.
Improves the shine of hair
Salt water also acts as a natural shampoo. Have you noticed that
your hair is extremely dry after coming out of the water. This
is because the salt in the ocean cleanses all the oils from your
hair. If you have a particularly greasy scalp, then salt water
is an excellent way to strip those unnecessary oils from your
hair. Sea Walking in sea water also adds volume to your hair,
especially if you use many products. The salt gets rid of the
built up chemicals, whether it be conditioners, hair spray,
gels, or etc, and thus your hair isn’t nearly as weighed down.
The water even gets rid of dandruff because, especially when the
salt particles are larger rather than smaller, it acts as an
exfoliant to your scalp.
Clears the nasal passage
Sea Walking clears your nasal passageways. If you've ever gone
into the water with a stuffed nose, you know that the second
salt water enters your nose, tons of goop comes seeping out. If
you've ever had an overly stuffed nose, you may have had to get
a little tea-pot shaped thing from your doctor. Doctors often
prescribe mixing salt and water and then pouring it into one
nostril, thus filtering out the built-up mucus from the other
nostril. Why use a nose tea-pot when you can just go for a sea
walk. What ever falls into the water gets cleansed by the
ocean’s natural janitors, the algae and sea plants.
All-weather surfers and sea walkers never seem to suffer from
colds and flu – the salt water clears out all the sinus
Calming effect on our nerves
The magnesium content of seawater is significant enough to have
a nutritional and calming effect on our nerves, which explains
why sea bathing is so relaxing. Potassium in seawater enters the
skin and encourages good urinary flow. Seawater contains all the
89 known elements present in our bodies, including osmium, gold,
vanadium, zinc and iodine.
Gives upper and lower body conditioning
Sea walking gives an extensive all-over-body-workout whatever
your age as it is cardio driven and all-over toning at the same
time. Sea walking will work your legs, arms and back muscles
while enhancing your stomach muscles. Walking at the depth,
lifting your legs with each stride, is tiring, but it's
fantastic exercise to strengthen the muscles of the legs and
There's another benefit to seawater with sea walking, as it
contains minerals (iodine and sodium) that help prevent ageing –
not to mention the fact that it's relaxing!
There are beauty benefits, too of sea walking as the friction of
the sand is a marvellous natural exfoliant. Walking barefoot
will result in softer feet in no time, just like a home peel
Massage your soles
If you walk briskly on the sea bed, you'll get the added benefit
of the sand massaging the soles of your feet, which activates
venous and lymphatic circulation. And if you're right at the sea
water will also massages your ankles, making the exercise even
Hence if able to get a chance always try sea walking and derive
all the health benefits from it..