For centuries, people have enjoyed the positive impacts that seawater swimming has on the mind and body. It’s a wellness trend that has been recently embraced by a number of celebrities, with Amanda Holden, Zac Efron, and Joe Wicks all being self-proclaimed fans of taking the plunge. Who could forget those iconic images of a refreshed Halle Berry and Daniel Craig emerging from the sea?
As celebrities and swimmers alike discover the fantastic benefits that seawater swimming has on the skin, immune system, and mental health, it’s easy to understand why the move from the pool back to the ocean is a trend that is very much on the rise.
Some of the many benefits of seawater swimming include:
Seawater is rich in vitamins and minerals, such as magnesium, sodium, calcium, sulphate, and chloride, which all do a world of good for the skin. Magnesium in seawater promotes healthy water retention in the skin whilst absorbing toxins and reducing inflammation. This helps to keep the skin hydrated, fresh, and clear. Some research has shown seawater may also help to remedy atopic skin concerns such as psoriasis and eczema due to its anti-inflammatory and healing effects.
Immune system and circulation
Research shows that regular cold plunges in seawater can help to strengthen the immune system. The cold water helps to boost our white blood cell count as our bodies react to the changes in temperature. Over time, our body is strengthened by the exposure of our immune system to bacteria found in the ocean and becomes better at defending itself against illness.
During seawater swimming, we breathe in the air and expose our skin to the vital nutrients in the water. Our body absorbs the minerals, vitamins and microorganisms which have antibacterial benefits and can even work as natural antibiotics.
Additionally, cold sea water moves blood quickly from our extremities to our major organs and back again as we begin to warm up, which is extremely beneficial for circulation.
The soothing sounds and familiar scents of the sea are proven to have potent effects on our mental health and wellbeing. The magnesium in seawater and sea air is proven to help reduce stress, relax the muscles, and promote deep and restful sleep. Sea swimming can also trigger the release of dopamine and serotonin, which can help to keep us feeling well and reduce depression.
There are a number of ways to get out and enjoy the fantastic benefits of sea swimming – from watersports, group swimming sessions, and solo paddles. Why try one for yourself and enjoy the benefits of being in the sea this summer?