Studies Show: We Need Vitamin Sea!
Do you feel a strong pull toward the ocean? So many of us love the warm sands of a sunny beach, crave the sound of the waves gently slapping on the shore, and dream of feeling the salty breeze caress our faces. What is it about the sea that is so incredibly alluring?
According to science, there is more to our oceanic infatuation than a love of beautiful things: being on and near the water is truly good for us. To be our healthiest and happiest, studies show that we need regular doses of “Vitamin Sea.” Now, armed with this knowledge, you can book a bareboat yacht charter knowing you’re doing it to support your own wellbeing—not simply because you’re after a holiday!
Water is Life
Our innate attraction to the ocean may be a response honed over centuries of survival. Humans need water to survive and there’s plenty of it covering our earth. Our instincts propel us toward those places on earth where water is in abundance. We are attuned to those bodies of water because we recognise in them the vital life-giving properties we need. Philosopher Denis Dutton theorised that we are actually drawn to beautiful natural landscapes such as the seadie because certain aspects of these landscapes represent what is necessary for us to survive and thrive. Our enjoyment of spectacular ocean vistas may be more than just an appreciation for stunning colours and amazing planetary formations—it may in fact be rooted in biology.
The Ocean Brings Us Joy
A trip to the beach or a week on the islands leaves us feeling inspired and relaxed. (Imagine what a week on a Whitsunday yacht charter could do for you!) Scientists and researchers have found evidence directly linking the tactile and sensory encounters with ocean water, sand, and sun to be rejuvenating and joy-giving. The sounds of the sea, for instance, are known to induce calm and relaxation. Sand is so inviting and soothing that it is often used away from the shore for therapeutic purposes. A 2016 study of adults in New Zealand showed that the increased visibility of “blue” space such as the ocean lead to reduced levels of psychological distress. This means that the sea can help us to minimise stress and to feel better. And sunshine (in great supply here in the Whitsundays) produces serotonin, a chemical connected with elevated mood.
Human experience shows us that we don’t even need science to show us these things are true; you likely recall how amazing you feel after spending time by the deep blue sea. Joy is certainly found by the ocean and in a tropical paradise like the Whitsunday Islands it exists in abundance.
Vitamin Sea For Your Health
Being by the seaside or on the open water can make us happier, more relaxed, and more in touch with nature, but it also offers proven benefits to our health. Salt may be the most important aspect of “Vitamin Sea,” as an element which has incredible healing properties. From clearing up acne and healing small wounds to reducing surface bacteria and removing other impurities, salt can strengthen our wellbeing and keep us squeaky clean. The iodine that is spread in the gasses of sea spray can aid in boosting our immunity. Salt water also contains magnesium, an element responsible for hundreds of bodily functions. Simply put, the ocean is amazing for us. Let’s get to it!
A Whitsunday sailing holiday: just what the doctor ordered. Come book with us now!
*This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice.