One of the reasons I love living on Maui is a daily stop to unwind at the Pacific Ocean. Did you realize that there is substantial scientific evidence stating that the beach has significant health benefits? The natural inclination to inhale deeply as you step on the beach is actually an automatic response to the quality of the air. Aside from the anticipated “rest and relaxation”, here’s a quick read on 7 benefits of a day at the beach!
- Good for your Body
Vitamin D is good for your bones, healthier teeth, and a stronger immune system. The meditative state it brings us is known to lower stress and blood pressure, as it supports your immune system and overall well-being.
- Good for your Skin
The ocean water is full of minerals and natural exfoliants. Exfoliate on the sand and dip in the saltwater to detoxify with the natural antiseptic, using its qualities to cleanse your pores and skin.
- Good for your Peace of Mind
The vast ocean, expansive horizon, and beauty of the surroundings can actually make you appreciate nature. The off-shore breezes and sense of grounding from the sand put you in better touch with spirit and consciousness.
- Good for your Mood
The color blue has been discovered by an overwhelming amount of people to associate with calm and peace. The physical sensation of our toes in warm sand causes people to relax. The noises — coupled with the visuals — activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for slowing us down and allowing us to disconnect and feel more engaged. (Not to mention the limited cell service and hopes that it encourages us to PUT DOWN OUR PHONES.)
- Good for a Better Nights’ Sleep
A perfect remedy for insomnia, while engaging in a day of play, our skin is absorbing magnesium via the saltwater, and the essential mineral calms both the nervous and muscular systems and has been linked to helping us sleep better.
“Magnesium is the eighth-most abundant mineral on earth and the third most abundant in seawater. More importantly, it is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body and it is necessary for over 300 reactions within the body.
“Every single cell in the human body demands adequate magnesium to function, or it will perish. Strong bones and teeth, balanced hormones, a healthy nervous and cardiovascular system, well-functioning detoxification pathways and much more depend upon cellular magnesium sufficiency. Soft tissue containing the highest concentrations of magnesium in the body include the brain and the heart—two organs that produce a large amount of electrical activity, and which can be especially vulnerable to magnesium insufficiency.”
- Good for your Physical Being
Then there’s the obvious… take a swim, walk on the sand or play with the kids while reaping the physical benefits of playing at the beach. The gentle resistance of water (and the vast ocean world below) make it perfect terrain for adventure and easier on those with arthritis or injury.
7. Good for your Financial Portfolio
Owning a home at the beach, particularly Hawaii can be a lucrative investment. History has proven that in a real estate “shift”, the 2nd home a vacation rental market can be shielded by the ability to rent it out for passive income. Not to mention, we’ve seen a 4% increase year-over-year in our property values.
Since the beginning of time, doctors have been “prescribing” vacation trips and time off to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, arthritis and more. So the next time you’re feeling like a recharge, hit the BEACH! It’s just what the Doctor ordered.
Curious about a lifestyle change? A Maui investment? Reach out, let’s get your toes in the sand.