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Sea bathing is as old as bathing itself. Though it is unclear whether our ancestors were fully aware of the healing powers of salt water, modern medical advancements have repeatedly proven its varied positive effects on human body.
The practice of sea bathing can be traced back to 17th century in various European countries, but in India this was practiced from time immemorial, especially on full moon days. Ayurveda describes specific days in the year for sea water bath to rope in benefits for the physical body as well as aura cleansing. Sea water is loaded with minerals that the human system requires. Having a healthy sea bath in the bright sun rays restores any deficiencies in our composition.
- One of the most common deficiencies in humans is that of Magnesium. This element is crucial for regulating chemical reactions in our body. When taken orally, Magnesium is difficult to be assimilated by the body. Since our skin has miraculous abilities to take in nutrients and filter out toxins, Sea water bath is unparalleled as a source of magnesium
- Certain Schools of medicine also suggest drinking this water to cure Psoriasis, especially the marine hospitals in France
- It also complements therapies that aim at curing skin disorders and fungal infections
- Cool sea water calms down stressed nerves resulting in calmness that permeates the whole body. It also builds immunity
- Warm sea water works on improving blood circulation and helps relaxing the muscles. Considering its effect on circulation, those with heart related issues should exercise caution
- Sea water controls cellulite and even eases menopausal issues significantly
Nowadays, sea salts are being widely sold in the market places. Though these do have sizeable benefits, they are poor substitute for a direct dip in the sea.
In recent years, due to development of resorts and aqua sports like surfing, sea water bathing is being promoted at a massive scale. Thalassotherapy â€“ using sea water for cleaning and restoring health - is being increasingly used by people not only in mainstream medicine, but also by proponents of alternate medicine.