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From ginger shots to hand sanitizer to extra vitamin doses, good health and hygiene have recently soared to top priority amongst our society. While we all seek to build our immune systems with leafy greens and home workouts, there’s a simple health remedy that most simply haven’t thought of: a trip to the beach! Aside from it being a gorgeous vacation spot, scientists have backed-up evidence that a visit to the sun and sand is incredibly beneficial to your body. Get your bags packed and ready, we’ve researched and discovered four compelling reasons that a trip to New Smyrna Beach is exactly what the doctor ordered.

1. Ocean Water is Healing to the Body

Crashing waves and the tide meeting our toes may sound like relaxation, but research shows that the ocean itself is incredibly healing to the human body. Mother Nature has made the foamy waves rich with minerals such as sodium, chloride, sulfate, magnesium, and calcium that our bodies absorb when we swim. According to Maureen Jenkins, the director of clinical services at Allergy UK, “People who live by the coast or swim in the ocean regularly have healthier respiratory systems.” These deep, blue waters benefit our sinuses with its saline effect that flushes out nasal cavities and reduces inflammation. More commonly, the ocean is known for being a great antiseptic as it’s chock-full of mineral salts. Vitamin SEA is no joke, science proves that your immune system needs it!

2. You’ll Get a Healthy Dose of Vitamin D

Up until now you may have only sought the beach for a gorgeous tan, but it’s become increasingly apparent that sunshine is vital for the Vitamin D it bestows. Vitamin D is actually produced as your skin’s response to sunlight. Once produced it gets right to work in strengthening bones, reducing depression, and decreasing your risk of developing the flu (read the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition’s research here!). Who knew that simply laying out on your beach towel could be so beneficial?! Whether you decide to lounge by the private pool of a beach home or on a direct oceanfront balcony, all of our NSB rentals provide plenty of Vitamin D opportunities!

3. The Atmosphere is Conducive for Exercise

With a wild ocean and miles of warm sand before you, it’s nearly impossible to resist the natural energy the beach exudes. Unlike sticking to a mundane gym routine, the beach provides a creative outlet for exercise that nearly feels effortless. Lace up in the early morning and start your day with both a healthy sweat and the sun rising over New Smyrna’s waters. When the sun is high at noon, grab your friends and run into the refreshing Atlantic waves for a healthy swim. Whether you bodysurf, boogie board, or just float along, your heart will feel exhilarated with the fun and exercise. Those who aren’t heavy cardio-lovers will find that a leisurely bike ride on the shore doubles as both relaxation and physical activity. Some of our beach properties offer amenities such as beach toys and bicycles, explore our expansive inventory of vacation rentals and choose the one that has the extras you love most.

4. The Sight of the Ocean Lowers Stress Levels

It’s no longer a general idea that the beach is relaxing, it’s now a hard fact! According to the clinical psychologist, Richard Shuster, PsyD, “Staring at the ocean actually changes our brain waves’ frequency and puts us into a mild meditative state.” Multiple scientific websites have listed the ocean as a legitimate aid to those struggling with anxiety, stress, or depression. Biologist Wallace J Nichols, the author of Blue Mind, says, “We are beginning to learn that our brains are hardwired to react positively to water and that being near it can calm and connect us, increase innovation and insight, and even heal what’s broken.” Let the Atlantic work its healing powers when you treat yourself to 24/7 views of New Smyrna Beach. Browse our NSB vacation rental selection of direct oceanfront and ocean view stays.

As we all grow more conscious of boosting our immunity and creating better heath habits, don’t forget to incorporate one of Mother Nature’s strongest remedies… time spent by the sand and sea! Search our available New Smyrna Beach rentals on our website; we offer direct oceanfront, ocean view, pet-friendly, homes, luxury accommodations and more. Our office is open 7-days a week and one of our professional vacation planners would love to assist you in finding a vacation getaway that you can enjoy in complete privacy. Give us a call at 386.478.7863 and book in the name of good health!

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