5 Ways a Beach Day is Good For Your Health - 30A

5 Ways a Beach Day is Good For Your Health

You’d rather be at the beach than almost anywhere else on earth. But sometimes you may feel too over-scheduled to carve a day out just so you can take in the sand and surf.

Turns out, you’d better clear your calendar to pencil in some fun in the sun, because a day at the beach may be just what the doctor ordered. Visiting a beach can do a lot to improve your health, and here are the top ways it can do so.

1. Score Some Vitamin D

The so-called sunshine vitamin plays an important role in a person’s overall health. And the best place to get vitamin D is from the sun.

Vitamin D deficiency is a worldwide health problem, which impacts in the neighborhood of one billion people.

It’s possible to have a slight vitamin D deficiency and not even know it. It can remain symptomless, which is why an occasional beach day is a good idea.

So many people may be struggling with vitamin D levels because we spend more time indoors now than in the past. A great excuse for a beach day—sun, sun, sun!!

For vitamin D production and absorption, it appears that shorter sessions are best. You can still enjoy a full day at the beach however – just remember to put some sunblock on after you’ve had some time in the sun or seek out shade in a pop-up shade tent or under a big umbrella.

2. Exfoliate Your Skin

Walking through the sand can be like a mini-day at the spa for your feet.

It can slough off all the dead skin and make them feel a lot smoother and softer than they were before.

3. It’s a Depression-Fighter

It’s hard to be sad and gloomy when you have so much natural beauty around you. The sound of the waves crashing can do a lot to lift your spirits too.

The sun can fight depression all on its own. That’s why those facing seasonal affective disorder use light therapy to combat their symptoms.