"We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch- we are going back from whence we came." -John F. Kennedy
The best remedy in the world consists of a little bit of fresh air blowing through your hair mixed with some salt water trickling down your skin. The ocean is refreshing, vastly mysterious, colorfully beautiful, and very humbling.
Here are 10 reasons why the ocean is the best cure-all around.
1. The ocean is a playground.
Sand dunes, fishing, surfing, scuba diving, cage diving, parasailing, snorkoling the list goes on. It is a never-ending pit of fun creating natures best playground.
2. It changes your perspective
Every time a wave crashes, it never fails to recede back into the ocean and build up a new swell again. Fall down 9 times stand up 10. Simple as that.
3. Jump in!
A brisk shock of cold water stimulates the entire body with an adrenaline rush, promoting circulation and heart health. It also helps to use up calories to persereve body temperature and helps to burn fat.
4. Ocean water is different then fresh water
Ocean water has significantly higher amounts of minerals such as chloride, sodium, calcium, sulfate, and magnesium. These minerals are great for treating skin conditions and wounds.
5. Saltwater solutions
Ocean water can help reduce symptoms of fevers and respiratory symptoms due to the saline effect of the lining of sinuses reducing inflammation.
6. It's a distraction from life
Floating on salt water is easier to do than fresh water because the salt makes the water more dense which allows you to have an easier time floating. This can create a calming effect, which can even slow down brain waves providing a slight distraction from life while also giving a sense of mindfulness.
7. 2.2 million species live in the ocean
2.2 million!!!! Between 50- 80% of all life on Earth is under the sea and a large sum of it has not even been discovered yet. How crazy is it that out of all the different species in the world we were chosen to be humans?
8. Sugar cookie!
Rolling around in warm sand after stepping out of the ocean is one of the best feelings in the world. Sand is also a great exfoliator for the skin, unless you get sand flees. That is never fun.
Need a breath of some fresh oxygen? Take a trip to the ocean! Without plankton, we would not be alive. Plankton is providing 90% of the ocean's photosynthesis and also 50- 85% of the oxygen we are breathing right now! Sea air is actually composed of healthy negative ions that help to build up our bodies capacity to absorb more oxygen. Talk about clearing your mind!
10. The ocean is home.
No matter what coast you are on or where you find yourself in the world, as long as you can make your way down to the rolling salt water, the ocean is always going to be there promising to be an everlasting home for you. Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic, Southern, Indian- it does not matter which one you are at because the ocean is always going to be just that; the ocean, a place to call home.
Never pass up the opportunity to go to the beach. The ocean can help change our minds to the way we perceive our lives through the enchanting beauties that come with the mysteries of the depths, or even in the serenity of the shoreline.
For all that the ocean gives to help us, it is so important that we give back to the ocean.
Take care of her and all the life that she bears because the most important lesson that I learned from the ocean is that as much as the ocean gives, the ocean also takes. As much as she can cure us, she can also really hurt us. Respecting the ocean and its limits are something that I can not stress enough, and I want to urge you to never underestimate the power that the ocean bares.