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Living At The Seashore Can Improve Your Health

Posted by: : Paul EbelingPosted on: May 5, 2015 Living At The Seashore Can Improve Your Health

Living At The Seashore Can Improve Your Health

Millions of people worldwide agree that the Seashore is a wonderful tonic for body, mind, and soul.

The Big Q: Can it improve our health?

The Big A: For hundreds of years, people have associated breathing the “Salt Air” with better health, now there is increasing scientific evidence that proves they were correct.

“We have various pieces of evidence suggesting that living near, and visiting, the coast, might be good for health,” says Ben Wheeler, MD, of the European Centre for Environment & Human Health at the University of Exeter Medical School in England. .

In a recent study, Dr. Wheeler and his colleagues analyzed data on more than 48-M English residents.

“Our research suggests that populations living closer to the coast in England are more likely to report good health than those farther inland,” Dr. Wheeler says.

Follow-up work Dr. Wheeler did with a detailed survey that followed people as they moved back and forth from the coast and inland is even more telling. It suggests that while people live near the coast they report better mental and physical health than when they live inland.

The analysis showed that the link between good health and living at the seashore was strong across all income groups, and actually was strongest in low-income residents.

As early as the 1700’s, doctors were prescribing trips to the seashore or stays at “Bathing Hospitals” for ailments ranging from depression to tuberculosis.

To this day, many European spas , which are covered by insurance and considered mainstream health treatment centers there offer saltwater therapy.

Some of the most important Salt-related research has come out of Australia.

After hearing anecdotally how surfing seemed to improve symptoms of cystic fibrosis, researchers wanted to see if inhaled hypertonic saline could help people with the disease.

So they randomly assigned 164 cystic fibrosis patients to breathe mist containing 7% saline (salt) or placebo. After 48 weeks, they found that the treatment group had improved lung function, fewer disease-related flare-ups, and a lower rate of absenteeism from work or school.

Their study was published in a Y 2006 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Another Y 2006 study published in the European Respiratory Journal showed that inhaled hypertonic saline (salt) temporarily improved smoking-related problems such as coughing and excess mucus production.

More recent research shows that bathing at the seashore may help patients with skin conditions such as psoriasis and contact dermatitis.

For example, a study published in the journal Skin Research and Technology showed that ordinary seawater (salt) was more effective at healing contact dermatitis rashes than standard treatment with cortisone cream.

The researchers concluded that two components in seawater, salt and potassium chloride, sealed damaged skin so it could mend.

Go to the beach, Get healthy.


Paul Ebeling


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Paul Ebeling

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Paul Ebeling is best known for his work as writer and publisher of “The Red Roadmaster’s Technical Report” on the US Major Market Indices™, a highly-regarded, weekly financial market letter, where he enjoys an international audience among opinion makers, business leaders, and respected organizations. Something of a pioneer in online stock market and commodities discussion and analysis, Ebeling has been online since 1994. He has studied and worked in the global financial and stock markets since 1984.

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