Living near water may have more of an effect on you than you think

Living near water may have more of an effect on you than you think.

Living on or near the water has more benefits than its inherent beauty. It can provide health benefits that soothe the soul and offer peace not found anywhere else. There are many lakeside, riverside, and ocean front 55+ communities across the country. Whether you are looking for a home in Alabama or Washington, finding one on the water will give you more than just a home, it'll provide health benefits for you and your family.

1. Sunshine

Your skin can produce a great deal of Vitamin D when exposed to the sun. Necessary for the absorption of calcium, it is as important for baby boomers as much as it is for younger people because as we age, we are more prone to osteoporosis.  Found in only a few foods, it is sometimes difficult to get enough in your daily diet. Living near water and spending a few minutes a day in the sunshine will give you a healthy dose. But don't forget the sunscreen.  

2. Fresh Air

Charged with healthy negative ions, sea air helps your body absorb oxygen, combat free radicals, and improve alertness. Negative ions also balance serotonin levels, which is a body chemical attributed to stress and mood. This is why after a day on the beach you fall into blissful sleep and are refreshed and ready to go the next day. Imagine living in this environment every day and not just when vacationing.  

3. Soothing Sounds

Many people use sound machines to lull themselves to sleep so it would be natural to think that the soothing sounds of water lapping the shore and the call of birds can help you relax. Spas use fountains and the sounds of nature to relax their clientele. Living near water will give your home a spa effect and make your life more relaxing in your baby boomer years, giving you refuge from the world.  

4. Water and the “Blue Mind” Effect

Academics have conducted compelling and practical research regarding our personal and emotional relationship with water, dubbing the result “Blue Mind.” Water tends to draw the soul and body toward it, relieving much of our daily stress. Researchers have found that green spaces in communities reduce stress and the research of Blue Mind is just beginning to tap into the benefits of living near water.  

5. Increased Immune Function

If living near water relaxes and reduces the stress in your life, your immune function will follow suit. Stress is one of the biggest enemies of modern society and reducing your daily dose is a direct pathway to a healthier lifestyle. Living near water can help you in this endeavor and whether you are a baby boomer or searching for a vacation home, waterfront living will help you live a healthier lifestyle.