The cleansing power of saltwater.

Hello again you incredibly curious human...

I've mentioned saltwater briefly in a previous post, but I want to dive a bit deeper into the life-changing and cleansing power of it today. Specifically, sweat, the ocean, and tears.

I think it was the enigmatic Texan, Matthew McConaughey, who gave the following advice when asked about his fitness routine: "Just try to break a sweat every day."

It's easy to measure because all you have do is ask yourself, "Have I broken a sweat today?" 

The benefits of breaking a sweat are not just physical. You may or may not lose a bit around your waistline, but you will definitely gain clarity from adopting this little daily discipline.

Especially, in today's hectic world where you don't really get time to think. 

The ocean is also a great example of the life-changing magic of saltwater. I've been fortunate enough to live next to the Pacific Ocean for the past 8 years. And, I try to get in the water at least once a day. Not only is the ocean good for your skin, but it also boosts your immune system and improves your circulation. 

I like how it calms me down. I'm not sure if it's the floating part or the rhythm of the waves, but if I'm having a bad day, all I have to do is jump in. It resets me almost instantly. You may be landlocked, but I guarantee you can access a bath or floating tank nearby. Don't limit your thinking.

Another powerful example of the cleansing power of saltwater is your tears. The last time I had a good cry was when my dad died. It was a mixture of sadness and relief because he was no longer suffering. 

My mate, Al, had sent me this beautiful text about grief and the fact it hits you in waves. To not fight it, but let the emotions come. 

I have taken those words to heart.

Biologically, tears are your body's way of ridding itself of sadness. Your endocrine system sends signals to your tear ducts when you're sad. Crying is the result. And, when the waterworks are on you're releasing toxins and stress.

So don't fight it. Tears aren't a sign of weakness, they are you being normal. Reacting to life.

I'm not sure if you need to break a sweat, jump into the ocean, or grab a box of kleenex - but I do know saltwater is your friend.

And, a little self-care always goes a long way. 

Here's to the cleansing power of saltwater...

Steve Knox

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