Looking for a supplement that can boost your mood, exfoliate, help the elasticity of your skin, get you moving and ease minor aches? It’s vitamin ‘sea,’ because when life’s a ‘day at the beach,’ you can reap all these benefits. There’s research supporting the mood-lifting ability of bright, sunny skies. Sand exfoliates our feet and walking barefoot on the beach also has been known to put smiles on faces! The vitamin D our bodies generate from exposure to sun can ease minor aches, is good for bone health and has been shown to help keep our cardiovascular system healthy. Ten to 15 minutes of sun exposure three times per week is ample — then, slather on the sunscreen. (Of course, check with your doctor about your specific sun exposure.) The beach also offers swimming, a joint-friendly exercise; for people with arthritis, the prescription is to get and keep moving — so take that refreshing dip in the ocean. Finally, a little time away from it all listening to the sound of waves crashing on the shore provides stress relief. So pack the cooler and head to the surf.
Benita Zahn, DPS-Bioethics
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