7 Reasons Barbados Is Good for Your Health
If you are looking for a holiday that’s not just exciting but can also benefit your health and wellbeing, then Barbados is the place to come. Our island has a long tradition of being a healthy place. As far back as 1751, George Washington brought his brother here to convalesce and from 1840 people have visited because of our very low death rates - half the global number! Even today, we have more centenarians, per capita, than anywhere else. So, if you’re needing a vacation where you can recuperate from your hectic lifestyle, where better than an island with clean air and water, healthy food, great climate and a laid back approach to life? Here, we’ll look at some of the reasons visiting Barbados can be really good for you.
1. Top up your vitamin D
One thing you’re guaranteed in Barbados is lots of sunshine and when sunlight hits your skin, your body naturally produces vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential to keep our muscles, bones and teeth healthy but we struggle to get enough of it when we don’t get enough sunshine, especially in winter. Over here, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to top up.
2. Clear up your psoriasis
If you’re one of the 3 per cent of people who suffer from psoriasis, you’ll know that a good dose of sunshine can help ease the condition. Exposure to sunlight slows down the rapid growth of your skin cells, reduces inflammation and stops the skin becoming flaky. It can even help some lesions clear up completely.
The long hours of sunshine you’ll get in Barbados means psoriasis sufferers have a good chance of improving their condition. However, you will still need to wear high-factor sunscreen.
3. Detox with pure water
There’s nothing healthier to drink than pure water and Barbados has some of the purest on the planet. The reason is that the island is made from porous coral stone which, as the water percolates through, filters out all the unwanted particles, chemicals, agricultural fertilisers and other contaminants. What you are left with is pristine H2O – the perfect drinking water. It’s ideal for detoxifying your system and as an ingredient for the island’s famous rum.
4. A breath of fresh air
When you visit Barbados, you’ll be giving your lungs a much-deserved break from the traffic and industrial pollution that urban dwellers have to live with. As a small island in the middle of a vast ocean, the sea breeze constantly brings us fresh, clean air. In addition, the swathes of tropical forest and miles of lush vegetation enrich the atmosphere with oxygen, which is good for the lungs, the heart and the mind.
5. Calm the mind
The pace of modern life is very hectic and we seldom get the opportunity to give our minds a break from it all. However, it is important for our mental wellbeing that we do and, here in Barbados, you’ll discover the perfect oasis of calm. Our tiny island, miles from anywhere, is a natural retreat from the stresses of daily life. Our way of life is laid back, the pace is leisurely and all your needs are taken care of.
While you’re here, get out into the wonderful countryside, amble through our many splendid gardens and explore the ancient tropical forests. The calming influence of nature is everywhere, helping you to find some inner peace, reconnect with yourself and your loved ones and giving you plenty of time to recharge those batteries.
6. Let your body relax
It’s not just our minds that get tired with the slog of daily life, our bodies do too. So, aside from calming the mind, you’ll have lots of opportunities to relax the body when in Barbados. Whether that’s sitting in the shade with a good book, basking on the beach, floating around the pool on a lilo or watching the world go by on a catamaran, you can let all that tiredness ebb away.
Of course, there are plenty of more energetic ways to relax if that’s what you prefer. How about a round of golf at one of our world-class golf courses, learn to dive the coral reefs, take up windsurfing or play a set or two of tennis?
7. Fabulous spa treatments
Visiting a spa is a great way to sooth the mind and reinvigorate the body, and there’s no better place to do this than at the Singita Wellness Spa at Mullins Beach. Offering a range of first-class treatments in a beautiful and tranquil setting, guests can indulge in Swedish massage, Indian head massage, deep tissue massage, reflexology and facials, together with osteopathy, reiki, Bemer BioMat, manicures and pedicures. There’s even a jetlag package to help refresh weary travellers at the start of their holiday.
What’s more, with its exquisite, air-conditioned studio, fully equipped gym and private post-treatment pool, you can also improve your vitality and fitness levels by taking part in yoga, Pilates, ballet barre, athletic circuits and gym workouts – with a personal trainer if you so desire. And, of course, you’ll be given expert advice and guidance about the most suitable treatments and exercises.
If you need a holiday where you can give your mind and body a chance to rebalance and recharge, then Barbados offers lots of healthy options. It’ll give you the chance to take things easy, eat well, drink pure water, breathe clean air and find calm and relaxation.
If you are looking for exceptional accommodation during your stay, take a look at the luxury villas and apartments here at Royal Westmoreland.