Swimming, in general, is already good for our health. But swimming in natural water is even better. While pools are good for a refreshing dip especially if beaches, lakes, and rivers are not accessible to you, there is something these natural water can bring to your health that swimming pools cannot. Let’s find out what are these.

Stimulate and boost immune system

Therapy in ocean swimming has long existed, in fact, since Roman era. This is called thalassotherapy in which seawater is used for the benefit of the pores of the skin. This is because seawater has minerals, amino acids, and trace minerals. Also, swimming in cold waters of swimming holes, lakes and rivers kick your immune system into action which will increase white blood cell count. Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, who developed the gut and autoimmune healing, said: “Natural waters are full of life, biological energy from plants and different creatures, minerals, enzymes, and many other beneficial substances. Swimming in natural waters has been prized as a therapy for many health problems for centuries. ”

Triggers endorphin release

Endorphins are chemicals in our body that is released after a physical activity. It ultimately gives a feeling of being relaxed and calm. Swimming makes your body use more muscle group compared to any physical activity done on the land. After such physical activity, floods of endorphins will help wash stress and anxiety away.

Helps blood circulation

Once our body is put in cold water, the blood moves quickly, going to our major organs. Michael Tipton, professor of human and applied physiology at Portsmouth University, explained: “People say they feel great after a sea or river swim, which may be because the chilly water activates cold sensors all over our bodies —… which in turn increase heart rate and give us that “alive” feeling,”  

So, if you feel sick, tired and sad or depressed, take the plunge. If you are lucky enough to have access to natural water, use it. This is a lot better than swimming in chlorinated pools. If not, try to find the nearest one.