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Go to the Beach or Spend Money on a Psychologist Therapist - Given the Choice... Here's Why A Visit to the Beach is Highly Recommended by NeuroScientists
Waves gently splashing on the shore. Sunlight streaming from a cloudless sky. Seemingly-endless sand joining the horizon. Sounds pretty peaceful, doesn’t it? And for many of you who spend most weekday hours indoors, it doesn’t take much persuasion to visit the beach and catch some sun.
But if you do need more reasons to hit the beach, find out how the surf, the sun, and the sand can boost your physical and mental health.
Health Benefits of the Beach
In a study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, author J. Aaron Hipp, Ph.D., environmental health expert and assistant professor at the Brown School, pointed to the restorative environment of the beach.
“Studies have shown that natural environments like beaches and waterfront parks offer more restorative benefits to people than urban built environments like malls, cinemas, coffee shops, and the like,” said Hipp.
We all know there are risks of too much sun exposure. But there are benefits to getting some rays, too.
When our skin is directly exposed to the sun, our bodies make vitamin D, a vital tool that helps with calcium absorption and building strong bones. Some of it comes from diet, but a good portion also comes from the sun. And according to the Mayo Clinic, as little as 10 minutes of sun exposure can provide us with our daily dose. According to the vitamin D council, “your body can produce 10,000 to 25,000 IU of vitamin D in just a little under the time it takes for your skin to turn pink.”
In one study, sun exposure was shown to offer other benefits in addition to vitamin D production — including an increase in endorphins and possible prevention of autoimmune diseases.
Did you know that the soles of your feet have more nerve-endings per square centimeter than any other part of your body? And that walking barefoot stimulates them much more than walking in shoes?
Not only are you stimulating nerve endings when you walk on the sand, but you’re also strengthening the muscles in your feet, which don’t get used nearly as much when you’re wearing shoes. And according to Martin Zucker, author of Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever?, you may be better connected to the earth when you ditch your shoes, reaping vital mood-boosting benefits. “Earthing,” argues Zucker, reconnects our bodies to the ever-present energy of the earth, which modern lifestyles have increasingly diminished.
And in a study focused on running and walking on the sand, researchers found that walking on sand requires 1.6 to 2.5 times the energy than it takes on a hard surface.
“Our muscles perform more mechanical work when running or walking on sand than on a hard surface,” said study co-author Dr. Thierry M. Lejeune, M.D.
If treading on the unwieldy sand for too long sounds tiring, try alternating your walk or run on the more compact sand closer to the water, where the surface will be less challenging.
Sea water contains high levels of various minerals — including magnesium, potassium and iodine — which may help fight infection, offer therapeutic effects, and potentially help the body heal and detoxify.
Swimming is linked to decreased stress and increased sense of well-being; studies have shown swimming and water-based exercise help to decrease anxiety and depression.
Aside from its therapeutic effects, swimming provides excellent physical exercise, employing most of our major muscle groups, especially as the water provides gentle resistance.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), swimming ranks as the fourth most popular sport activity in the United States. Among other aerobic activities (like running and bicycling), swimming for as little as two-and-a-half hours a week may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases and boost heart health.
And since it’s a non-impact sport, swimming offers a great way for people with injuries to get some exercise. For sufferers of arthritis, water-based exercise can help improve joint pain symptoms.
Hipp JA, Ogunseitan O. Effect of environmental conditions on perceived psychological restorativeness of coastal parks. Journal of Environmental Psychology. 2011.
Mead MN. Benefits of Sunlight: A Bright Spot for Human Health. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2008.
Lejeune TM, Willems PA, Heglund NC. Mechanics and energetics of human locomotion on sand. The Journal of Experimental Biology. 2011.
Moghaddam J, Hefzollesan M, Salehian MH, Shirmohammadzadeh M. Effect of Different Exercises on Reducing Male Students Depression. Annals of Biological Research. 2012.
This article was originally printed by Medical Daily.
Who wants to Quit Their Job, Retire Early, and Move to a Tropical Island? Let me share my experience, then you decided if this is something you want to try...
I wake up to an unusual sound for a January morning. It's the sounds of a gentle rain shower. Nothing to worry about. So I lay on my back and enjoy the relaxing sounds of the raindrops on the palm fronds outside our window.
As I contemplate what I'll do today, I can already smell the fresh brewed coffee by our house keeper.
Quickly I sit up in bed... It's raining! Our daughter and her friends are camping! It's their 1st time sleeping in a tent!
I rush out of the bedroom!
"Hi Daddy! We woke up early from camping when it started raining and came inside. Since we are up early, we decided to make you and Mommy coffee and breakfast - It's duck eggs and rabbit from our yard. Can you eat them now? We want you to tell us how much you like it." All three girls nod their heads and smile. I'm very proud of these 10 year old girls. Of course I tell them, "It's the best breakfast ever!"
As I start my 2nd cup of coffee, my wife joins me clad in a yellow golf skirt, a tight white muscle shirt, and a Yankees baseball cap. "I was thinking we'd go boating this morning. If we are lucky, we'll catch a few tuna for dinner. And if we don't catch any fish, at least we are enjoying the ocean together. What do you think?" I smile, nod my head - Of course I think her idea is awesome.
On the water I get a text message: "Join us for a sunset for cocktails and a barbecue on our beach. Bring Fish. I can see you on your boat." I reply with a smiley emoji and a thumbs up.
That night at our neighbor's place, his personal chef prepares and awesome spread on the beach: barbecued tuna & vegetables, fresh fruit for desert, and rum cocktails with coconut juice.
Sitting amongst the tiki torches with our friends, I think about my decisions to:
If you know someone who is considering:
I'm starting off the new year with an effort to look sharp - because ZZ Top says, "Every girl's crazy 'bout a sharp dressed man". So into my barber for my 1st mens haircut for 2019.
Jun (short for Junior) has been cutting my hair for the past 7 years. What I like about the haircuts that he gives me is that they are a razor haircut - also known as a straight razor fade. While the razor fade haircut is a stylish modern style offered by many barbershops, it takes a truly skilled barber to cut and shave a razor fade.
Jun's has his little barbershop located on the 1st floor of his home. He definitely minimizes on the decor, but he absolutely maximizes my comfort with his razor expertise and experience.
When he's finished cutting, Rose (my wife) will walk around me and say, "Ang gwapo mo ngayon!", and give me a kiss. "You are handsome again".
Jun smiles because he knows Rose is satisfied with his work.
He finishes by giving me a brief scalp, and a shoulder massage. As I get out of the chair he tells me, "Forty pesos, sir Greg." I smile. I give him the forty pesos plus a very generous tip. "Thanks, my friend," and we are both satisfied with the deal.
Forty Pesos is equivalent to 80 cents
I'm not an expert at styling my hair, but Rose likes it when I put some styling wax in my hair. She says it makes me gwapo. If the simple request of putting styling wax in my hair makes my wife more loving and affectionate, then the extra ten pesos is a great investment.
Have I had any other experiences with a Razor Haircut?
Unfortunately, yes. I've had razor haircuts that felt like torture. My worst experience felt like the barber was ripping the hair from my scalp. "Ouch!" was putting it mildly. I remember thinking of getting out of one barber's chair and leaving, but the mirror made it extremely obvious that I needed stay and let them finish. (Note: the bad haircut happened while I was visiting in the USA).
Are you thinking of coming to the Philippines for a visit, to get a haircut, or moving to the Philippines? If you are, then let us know. Maybe we can offer you more guidance. Moving to the Philippines has been one of my best decisions in life.
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The coffee industry in the US is worth over $19 billion per year. Coffee is the second largest industry in the world (#1 is petroleum oil). Oddly enough - like oil - many people view coffee as their vital source of “fuel” needed to get them going in the morning. In fact, half of all Americans drink coffee.
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Do you want to know how to cure my Hangover? If the answer is YES, then let's get started with my Top 3 .
1. IV Drip
I learned that an IV drip of hydrating fluids, a high dose of vitamins, and antioxidants helped me feel better. Getting this treatment may cost you a trip to the E.R. or to an IV Drip Club. It's pricey, but it's my favorite.
2. Coffee & Aspirin
Some say "Hair of the Dog", while scientist are saying coffee and aspirin.
3. Buko (coconut) Juice
If I am hungover, then you won't see me climbing a coconut tree, but we have plenty of coconut trees filled with fresh buko juice. Buko juice is loaded with antioxidants and nutrient rich juice. A few chilled glasses of this magic nectar, and I'm feeling much better. note: very cost effective if you have coconut trees in your yard. I have tried the coconut water that is sold in many grocery stores, and we can attest that the stuff they are selling is only a tiny fraction of the goodness compared to what comes fresh off the tree.
This concludes our top 3 cures for a hangover, even though some scientists are saying the only real cure for a hangover is time. But when I'm feeling bad, there certainly can be relief.
My Personal Final Note: At our house, we are coffee lovers. We love good coffee so much that we started our own coffee company - The Going Native Coffee Club. So we recommend drinking our FOCUS Blend (a 6 bean espresso) along with a side of buko juice.
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written by Greg Pasden
World Traveler, Best Selling Author
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