9 Ways Visiting the Ocean Improves Your Health

Did you know that visiting the ocean improves your health? Book your beach vacation today at Pranamar Oceanfront Villas & Yoga Retreat in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.

Playa Hermosa, Santa Teresa, Costa RicaArticle by Shannon Farley

The age-old wisdom that visiting the ocean improves your health may be true after all.

Studies show that spending time by the ocean has multiple positive effects on your health and well-being. If you have ever spent time at the beach, you already know that being by the sea does good things to your body, mind and soul.

This idea that being by the ocean can improve your health is not new. For centuries, doctors have prescribed trips to the seashore to breathe fresh air and soak in the sun, or visits to spas that offered seawater and mineral water treatments.

Even if you don’t live by the sea, you can still reap the benefits of improving your health with a beach vacation. The beautiful setting of Pranamar Oceanfront Villas & Yoga Retreat in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica is certainly an inspiring spot to do so. The intimate boutique hotel fronts the spectacular beach of Santa Teresa, offering guests tropical beauty and pure nature in friendly ambiance.

Book one of Pranamar’s 2018 Santa Teresa yoga retreats, or create your own amazing Costa Rica beach vacation at Pranamar Villas to improve your body, mind and spirit by the ocean.

Pranamar Oceanfront Villas, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Pranamar Oceanfront Villas, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.

9 Ways Visiting the Ocean Improves Your Health

The ocean gets you outdoors and moving

A sunny beach day – especially in the tropics – makes it easy to be outdoors. The sand, the surf, fresh air and the sun promote exercise, which is always good for your body, heart and soul. Being by the ocean encourages us to go for a walk along the sand, or maybe even a jog, take a swim, or try surfing, boogie boarding, or stand-up paddling.

The sea reduces stress

Beaches have been shown to have a calming effect on people. Salt water produces the hormones serotonin and melatonin, which reduce stress levels, put you in a happy mood, and give you good night’s sleep.

Stand up paddling Santa Teresa Costa Rica
Go stand-up paddling at Pranamar Villas in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.

Ocean waves are a natural meditation

There is a comfortable feeling of bliss and peace that the ocean gives us, especially when just sitting and watching the waves. The ocean has a way of deeply relaxing us and bringing us down to earth. Many people find themselves in a meditative trance as they watch and listen to ocean waves. It’s effortless.

Being by the sea lifts your mood

Visiting the ocean allows us to breathe in clean, pure, salty sea air, which is filled with beneficial negative ions. Abundant in nature, especially around waterfalls and the ocean, and in forests, negative ions are oxygen atoms with negatively-charged electrons. “Once they reach our bloodstream, negative ions are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our daytime energy” according to WebMD.

Playa Hermosa, Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Being near the beach can improve your health and wellbeing.

Sun boosts your vitamins

Your body uses ultraviolet rays from the sun to manufacture vitamin D in the inner layers of your skin. Too much sun obviously is bad for you with the threat of skin cancer; but too little sun can make you vitamin-D deficient, which has been linked with various diseases.

The ocean cleanses your body

Swimming in salt water helps cleanse our pores deeply and revives our skin. Sea salt is packed with healthy skin-friendly minerals like magnesium, calcium and potassium, which is why clean sea water is beneficial to various skin conditions. Sand is a natural exfoliant and rubs away dead skin, letting your pores breathe.

Surf classes at Pranamar Villas
Being by the ocean inspires you to be active and outdoors.

You look younger and healthier by the sea

As well as opening pores and improving circulation, salt water helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and reduce cellulite by supplying natural electrolytes. Combined with natural exfoliation from sand, the result gives you an even, toned complexion – besides a sun-kissed beach glow.

You get great hair

Sea water acts as a softener for your hair and adds huge amounts of volume.

Get a great night’s sleep by the sea

When you stay by the ocean, you can to listen to the gentle crash of waves all night long. This white noise provides a soothing lullaby to relax you into a deep sleep.