The health benefits of ocean air
Sometimes, in our quest to improve wellness, we get in the mode of adding, adding, and ADDING to our lives. We add supplements. We add exercise routines. We add new routines. We add debt!
However, there is power in tapping into one of the best wellness remedies that planet Earth provides AND doesn’t require us to add anything to our life: It just requires us to breathe (which I hope you’re already doing)–only this blog’s recommendation is to–breathe ocean air.
Ocean air is healthy
The ocean covers 70% of the planet. About half of the earth’s population lives within 200 km of an ocean coast line. This means that over 3 billion people have fairly easy access to the ocean waters, ocean beaches, and OCEAN AIR. Surprisingly, though, many who live near oceans hardly visit them. The excuses are many: too many tourists, not enough time, blah blah blah.
Ocean air can do wonderful things for our health. For hundreds of years, people have flocked to beaches for a chance to breathe in salt air in order to heal respiratory problems. According to the Lung Health Institute, there are indeed health benefits to breathing in ocean air. The Lung Health Institute points to an academic study that followed surfers with cystic fibrosis over 48 days. What they discovered was, in fact, a statistically-significant improvement in the lungs of patients, including improvements such as:
- Thinner mucus
- Improved lung function
- Reduced coughing
- Decreased sinus pressure
I recently started following a blogger who is VERY involved with wellness trends. If I were to add into my life EVERYTHING she recommends, I think I would fall apart. So, if you’re like me and want to take things a little slower and make big improvements through little changes, . . . then hit the beach a little more frequently. Take deep breaths. And heal yourself.