BEACH SCIENCE

With Rob Machado

At Reef, we have always known there are healing powers one can only find at the beach. Experiencing the fun, freedom and spirit that the beach has to offer is a transformative experience. It's no wonder that 80% of people picture the beach when asked to think of their ultimate relaxation destination, according to neuroscientist and stress expert, Dr. Heidi Hanna, the director of education for the American Stress Institute. But does the beach actually offer more health benefits outside of reducing stress? What is it about the beach that makes people feel so good? And how can we bring that feeling with us in everyday life?

Together we partnered with Dr. Hanna to find the physical and mental benefits of the beach, to prove our point that the beach is always the best medicine. We wanted to learn exactly how the beach impacts our health and what people can do to reap the benefits of the beach from wherever they are. With the help of Rob Machado, professional surfer and avid beacher, learn how you too can reap the benefits of the beach.

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The negative ions in salty ocean air have been shown to reduce inflammation and improve immune function.

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Catching Rays

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Natural light and vitamin D are necessary for energy, metabolism, bone health and immune function – plus are shown to decrease depression.

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Listening to sounds of the ocean decreases blood pressure and improves heart rate variability (physiological resilience).

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