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Four Surprising Health Benefits of Vacationing by the Ocean

Being beside the ocean just makes you feel better. Swimming, breathing ocean air, and being out in the sun are all-natural mood elevators, but the ocean also provides proven physical and psychological health benefits. Though our location in Shreveport is far from the sea, Louisiana boasts a beautiful coastline offering locals a perfect retreat from the dense vegetation of the rest of the state. Here are four reasons to get out and go to the beach today:

Ocean and sea water reduces anxiety

Seawater is full of magnesium, which provides natural anxiety relief. Surfertoday explains in their article “The Health Benefits of Sea Water”, that “Because it contains magnesium, seawater will calm you down. People who live a stressful life are advised to go to the beach, not only for its relaxing atmosphere but also because of the soothing medicinal properties of seawater.” Stress and anxiety can often feel overwhelming in early recovery, but ocean water can provide relief from many of these feelings

Ocean air can help your lungs

Simply being near the ocean and breathing the air can provide major health benefits. Salt air can help clear the lungs, thin mucous, improve lung functioning, reduce coughing, and decrease sinus pressure. A 2006 New England Journal of Medicine study found that the salt in ocean air is even able to reduce symptoms in patients suffering from lung disease.

Ocean air can help you sleep

In addition to promoting relaxation, breathing ocean air can help you get a better night’s sleep. Ocean air contains negatively ions that improve the body’s ability to balance out serotonin levels and increase the body’s ability to absorb oxygen. Also, floating in water helps normalize blood pressure, which fights against nervousness and agitation while helping us fall asleep easier.

The ocean can improve brain functioning

Watching the ocean and listening to the rhythm of the waves is a peaceful experience. Several factors come into play to create this experience. In a recent NBC news article, “What the Beach Does to Your Brain”, clinical psychologist Richard Shuster explained, “Staring at the ocean actually changes our brain waves’ frequency and puts us into a mild meditative state” and, “The noises — coupled with the visuals — activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for slowing us down and allowing us to relax and feel more engaged.” When the brain is relaxed, our mood and cognitive abilities improve.

Cultivating resilience for lasting wellness, the co-ed programs offered at Resilient House on a full continuum of care provide holistic and clinical expertise for recovery. Our 50,000 square foot facility in Shreveport provides the tranquility and serenity you need to heal your mind, body, and spirit. It’s time to live. Ready, set, go: 833-CHANGE1