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The Benefits of Breathing Ocean Air

March 23, 2016

Have you ever thought about how therapeutic it is to visit the beach? Toes in the sand, sound of the waves and breathing in the fresh sea air! The Lung Institute suggests the ocean, especially breathing ocean air, has commonly been referred to as a source of healing for all types of ailments, including certain lung diseases. In an article published by Wall Street Journal, Dr. Ferkol mentions that a study taking place in Australia tracked the effects of the ocean air on surfers suffering from cystic fibrosis. The study lasted 48 weeks and produced some evidence that the salt air was helping to clear out the lungs of the patients. Not only that, but the patients also showed signs of fewer flare-ups and a reduced need for certain antibiotics.

In an article from according to a study conducted by the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Exeter in England, those who live close to the ocean are healthier than those who live inland. It includes the salty sea air by the coast does wonders for the respiratory system and those with asthma, bronchitis, sinus pressure, and coughing will notice a difference in their condition after just one day at the beach. Ocean air also contains negatively charged hydrogen ions that help absorb oxygen and balance out serotonin levels, resulting in more energy and diminished depression.

If you don’t happen to live next to an ocean, ask your physician about saline solutions. If you choose to humidify, make sure you monitor the humidity with a digital hygrometer. Proper humidity should be 30-45%. If you too low your nose may dry out and too moist then your home becomes a fungal jungle. Be sure to clean your humidifier every 2 days.

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