Who doesn’t love the sea? If you have a special affinity for the sea, you know exactly what we mean. Any majestic body of water is awe-inspiring, whether it’s a lake, a river, or the ocean, but the Mediterranean Sea has a special charm of its own. If you’ve always dreamt of living near the coast, there are now more reasons for you to take the necessary steps to make your dream a reality. And these reasons have to do with your health. Here’s a list of the proven health benefits of living in a coastal area.
A calmer mood
Some scientists have found that humans are naturally hard-wired to appreciate bodies of water. This is what scientists have termed a ‘blue mind’. Even if we just spend time looking at the sea or listening to the waves, we can make our brains calmer. Our brains are not overly stimulated – which gives our brains a rest. And when our brains are at rest, our bodies can release more ‘feel-good’ hormones such as serotonin and dopamine.
Better lung health
In centuries past, one of the cures prescribed by physicians for respiratory ailments was a visit to the coast. And it turns out that these physicians were right. Scientists have also recently discovered that salty sea air can actually be good for the lungs; the air clears out a person’s lungs, resulting in fewer lung issues and better breathing. Some asthma patients have also confirmed that when they spend time near the sea, their asthma attacks are not as frequent or extreme.
The antibacterial properties of salt
Salt is one of the most powerful antibacterial elements found in nature. If you have acne, cuts, scrapes, or sores, you can heal yourself more quickly simply by swimming in the sea. Even if you spend only a few minutes in the water, this is already the equivalent of rinsing a scrape or sore with a powerful antibacterial soap or medication.
Better relationships with others
There’s another fascinating health fact about coastal areas. Did you know that by being near the sea, you can have a better relationship with family and friends? This is because when humans are looking at the sea or ocean, the brain releases chemicals called ‘awe chemicals’ – chemicals which are naturally released simply by looking at or facing something awe-inspiring or amazing. When we have these chemicals, we tend to be more appreciative of the things around us, including our own family and friends.
So, what are you waiting for? Living in a coastal area isn’t that difficult if you know where to look for that special place. For instance, there are many properties such as apartments, bungalows, and villas for sale in Moraira, a charming coastal village in Spain where you’ll feel extra welcome and extra healthy in no time at all.
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