Coastline Benefits

Matthew Winchester, Staff Writer

For centuries, doctors have known that being near the seaside is good for human health. In fact, patients with a variety of medical conditions have been prescribed a “holiday on the shore” to help treat their illnesses.

One benefit of living near the coast is better health in general. In a study conducted at the University of Exeter, scientists discovered that people who lived on or near the shore were far more likely to to report better health than people who lived away from the coast. This is possibily due to the wide variety of activities possible when on the beach.Things like swimming in the ocean and , searching for seashells and sea fishing just aren’t possible for someone who lives in a non- coastal area.

“I enjoy living near the beach because it’s nice to know I can go swimming or walk in the sand if I want to,” says Chloe Gabriel, a junior.

Breathing fresh air is also a plus of living near the coast. Air exposed to water, especially sea water, is charged with a large amount of negative ions. This fresh air helps your body absorb oxygen. Fresh air improves alertness and balances levels of serotonin. Fresh air is healthy for the mind, body and soul.

“I feel a lot healthier when breathing air near the ocean. I don’t know why; I think it’s because it’s fresher,” comments junior Lache Barnfield.

Another benefit of living near the coast is getting all the benefits of the sun. The sun provides a lot of benefits such as producing vitamin D and improving our immune system. It’s important not to stay in the sun for too long, though.

While there are a lot of benefits of moving toward the coast, it’s also important to note the downsides. Bad weather and summer crowds are two negative factors of living near the beach.

While houses near the coast tend to be more expensive, it’s definitely worth it to move near the beach for many reasons. The coast provides many benefits and definitely relaxes the body and soul.