It probably won’t come as much of a surprise to learn that the therapeutic value of taking a vacation by the sea has long been known to millions of people, whether they realized the implications or not. Just ask anyone how much more relaxed and revitalised they felt after two weeks lazing on the beach and they’ll tell you it was worth working all year to be able to enjoy that great holiday.
For the sufferer of certain respiratory conditions such as asthma, allergies, serious medical conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema and bronchitis and those suffering from colds and mild bouts of flu, the fresh sea air does wonders for their breathing. Of course it is the high level of salt in sea air that makes it such a healthy prospect for holidaymakers visiting seaside towns and resorts.
So why does salty air help with breathing problems? The answer is that salt is a well known healing agent in that it helps to kill germs, disinfect wounds and aid in the body’s natural healing process.
When salty air gets into the airways, its gentle action of cleansing the delicate bronchial membranes of debris, excess mucous and phlegm helps open up those blockages as Clear Airways describes in great detail. At the same time it kills bacteria and other harmful microbes and helps to reduce inflammation and irritation that causes narrowed air passages, thereby making breathing easier.
This cleansing and disinfecting process helps the body’s own natural cleansing and healing process to work more effectively to improve respiratory health in a person so they return to their normal daily lives feeling rejuvenated and healthier. Its effects are relatively long lasting, although over time the effects of the person’s environment will reverse the good work done in those two weeks.
Many people have discovered that the effects of this salty air treatment can be enjoyed all year round by either moving to live in a seaside location, or if that is not an option to use a salt air inhaler daily which mimics the effects of breathing sea air. This option is also known for helping asthma and allergy patients to reduce the use of their medications and steroid inhalers as their airways are clearer and less prone to the typical inflammatory narrowing that brings on breathing difficulties associated with their condition.
However it is achieved, an improvement no matter how small in the health of the respiratory system is highly desirable for many people. So next time you visit the seaside and breathe in that fresh, invigorating sea air, just spare a thought for why it makes you feel so great!