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The Health Benefits of Ocean Air

12 Feb 2015
| Under Lifestyle, Lung Disease | Posted by | 13 Comments

Does the Ocean Air Help Lung Disease?

There you stand, listening to the waves softly crashing against the rocky beach. High above you, the sun is shining on the water, providing a bright blue glow to the afternoon. As you take in the ocean breeze all around, a sense of peaceful grace comes over you. To many, this is the power of the ocean, a calm and gentle place to relax.

Have you ever experienced the many effects of the ocean? If so, have you enjoyed the benefits of breathing in the ocean air and thinking how wonderful it is? Well, you are not alone. The ocean, especially ocean air, has commonly been referred to as a source of healing for all types of ailments, including certain lung diseases. But in reality, does the ocean air actually help sufferers of lung disease?

Breath of Fresh Ocean Air: Does it Work?

For almost 200 years, people have flocked to the ocean or taken part in salt baths in order to treat certain medical conditions, such as pulmonary fibrosis or COPD. It is commonly believed that breathing in the fresh salty air can help treat the people who suffer from these respiratory problems. Does this belief hold any merit though?

According to the President of the American Thoracic Society, Dr. Thomas W. Ferkol, there is some evidence that supports this claim. In an article published by Wall Street Journal, Dr. Ferkol mentions that a study taking place in Australia tracked the effects of the ocean air on surfers suffering from cystic fibrosis. The study lasted 48 weeks and produced some evidence that the salt air was helping to clear out the lungs of the patients. Not only that, but the patients also showed signs of fewer flare-ups and a reduced need for certain antibiotics.

Another study has found that there are therapeutic qualities to ocean air that have helped lung disease patients as well. The study tested patients with a variety of lung diseases to see if there was a common improvement in symptoms. While patient results were on an individual basis, these were some of the more common results from patients that breathed in the ocean air:

  • Thinner mucus
  • Improved lung function
  • Reduced coughing
  • Decreased sinus pressure

While more time and research is needed to understand the definitive health benefits of ocean air, a trip to the beach could do more good than originally thought. People with a chronic lung disease can head to Tampa, Florida in order to breathe in the salty ocean air and to visit the cutting-edge clinic, the Lung Institute, which offers a revolutionary cellular therapy that helps patients breathe easier. If you are interested in learning more about cellular therapycontact the Lung Institute online, or call (800) 729-3065.



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  4. PB

    2 years ago

    Dear SZ,

    Thanks for sharing some of your story. Sharing stories is a great way to help other people. Remember to always discuss any new devices such as humidifiers and air purifiers with your doctor before you begin to use them. Your doctor may have a recommendation on which devices he or she thinks would work best for you and your condition. If you’re looking for more ideas, be sure to check out our post about the top 4 ways to purify air at home naturally. To learn more about how cell therapy could help you breathe more easily, contact us today by calling (855) 313-1149 to speak with one of our patient coordinators.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  5. SZ

    2 years ago

    My wife and I were in Kraków Poland last year and decided on going for a salt mine tour! The best decision ever. We were approx 120 feet or meters ( I forgot) in the ground and the tour guide stated the concentration of salt in the air was 10 times what it was by the ocean. I have the onset of COPD and on inhalers. After about a half an hour I noticed I was breathing easily and without wheezing. It has been years since I could do that! We were down there for about 3 hours and it was the best 3 hours of breathing in a long time. Sadly after about 45 minutes after coming back up I gradually returned back to my laboured breathing. I definitely believe salty air helps. I am now looking for some sort of humidifier or vaporizer that I can add salt to introduce it into our home.
    Any thoughts on that?

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  7. PB

    2 years ago

    Hello KG,

    Thanks for sharing some of your story.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  8. KG

    2 years ago

    I was a long time smoker and had quit for 10 yrs. on my own. I had been feeling pretty good. I am a healthy person over 60. I don’t usually get sick with flu or colds but do have sinus infections, get bronchitis and upper respiratory infections. I was exposed to black smoke and fumes from rubber being burned. I was off work for a while but went back. I kept getting so sick I had to leave work and retire. I was diagnosed with COPD, about 40-42% of my lung function. I was told I would be on oxygen within 6-12 months.
    I took my own healing in my own hands remembering what generations before me had said. Salt air and salt water is good for what ails you. They are so right. Over 5 yrs later I am NOT on oxygen and living with the use of one puffer regularly, one as back up and feeling okay. Since walking and spending every day possible at the beach my lung function is now over 50%. I also discovered walking in bare feet not only clears the pumice off your feet but is excellent for your circulation. I don’t have near the problems of swelling feet and legs like I used to. I highly recommend salt air and salt water. It is good for what ails you.

  9. PB

    2 years ago

    Hello Sandy,

    Thanks for sharing some of your story.

    Kind Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  10. sandy land

    2 years ago

    Ive been ciughing for a month. I couldnt breath this morning. ER said i have COPD. I have 5 days of meds and my son is taking me to the beach for 2 days. I have quit smoking after 15 yrs. I want to share about my experience 12 yrs ago. I broke 2 vertebrae in my lower back from a horse riding accident. I was in very bad pain for 2 wks until i landed in Hawaii. Instantly GONE!!!

  11. Maren Auxier

    3 years ago

    Hi Michael,

    Whether or not humidity affects those with lung disease is up for debate. Some say that it affects them negatively while others report the opposite effect. We wrote a blog that gets into this in more detail, feel free to check it out: http://lunginstitute.com/blog/does-humidity-affect-copd/



  12. Michael Fischetti

    3 years ago

    Is the ocean air bad for you at night time?

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