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According to Affinity Health, a leading provider of high-quality healthcare, a beach holiday is more than just a good time; it also has some surprising health benefits.


Heading to the coast is a popular summer activity, and for a good reason: it’s enjoyable, the scenery is stunning, and you feel like you can unwind a little.


“Research shows beach holidays have proven health benefits, both physically and psychologically,” says Murray Hewlett, CEO of Affinity Health.


Affinity Health rounds up the top health benefits of going on a beach holiday.

Boosts Your Vitamin D Intake

Spending time at the beach gives you a good dose of vitamin D. This nutrient has numerous health benefits, including boosting your immune system and aiding in the growth and development of bones and teeth. Vitamin D can also help with disease prevention and weight loss. But remember to wear sunscreen.

Sea Water Can Reduce Arthritis Symptoms

Spending time in the ocean may help reduce rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Inflammed cells in the body are dehydrated by salt water, which reduces inflammation.

Boosts Creativity And Innovation

According to a 2011 study, not only can going to the beach make you happier, but it can also boost your creativity. In his book Blue Mind, marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols explained that being near water calms us and increases our innovation and insight. It makes us more open to new ideas and our more creative side, which explains why many people find the beach inspiring.

It May Eliminate Pain

You usually take off your shoes and walk around barefoot when you go to the beach. This is an excellent opportunity to experiment with grounding (or earthing), which involves walking barefoot in nature and absorbing energy from the Earth. Despite the lack of scientific research, it is believed that grounding can alleviate chronic pain and fatigue.

Walking In The Sand Is A Great Workout

According to research, walking on the beach is a better workout than walking on concrete because you must work harder to move through the sand at the same speed. Even at the same speed, walking on sand requires more energy than walking on a hard surface.

Calms The Brain

According to studies, the smell of the ocean has a calming effect on our brains because we’re breathing in negative ions. Negative ions enhance your ability to absorb oxygen and can assist in balancing your serotonin levels, resulting in a calmer and happier disposition. Negative ion therapy (similar to the ions found in ocean breezes) has been shown to treat symptoms of seasonal affective disorder and alleviate depression.

Reduces Screen Time

You’re less likely to be glued to your phone or tablet at the beach, and you’re almost certainly not going to use your computer or television. Excessive screen time has been associated with impaired vision, insomnia, back and neck pain, and impaired cognitive function.

Improves Sleep

A 2015 study conducted in the United Kingdom found that beachgoers sleep 47 minutes longer than non-beachgoers after returning home. Scientists aren’t sure why people sleep better after a day at the beach.


Improves Your Lungs

According to research, sea air cleared the lungs of surfers suffering from cystic fibrosis. Another study showed ocean air had therapeutic properties that may benefit patients with lung diseases. Some believe that traces of salt in the ocean air kills microorganisms in the lungs or that it reduces inflammation and mucus.

About Affinity Health

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