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We (Ten & Lee) have been huge Caribbean island lovers ever since our first trip as children, sight-seeing; meeting relatives for the first time; learning about our heritage and culture; visiting the beaches; and enjoying local foods and juices. We were even more excited to find research supporting our beliefs on how visiting just one of the twenty six Caribbean islands can improve your health.

Advantages of travelling to the Caribbean with health benefits include:

Being out and about in the sun, whether you’re on the beach; on your room balcony; or are exploring the island, absorbing the natural sunlight and heat accounts for your vitamin D daily intake to keep your bones healthy and strong. According to Holick, 2004 "sunlight vitamin D prevents autoimmune diseases, cancers, and cardiovascular disease". This is an excellent reason to visit a Caribbean island at least once a year if you live in a cold climate.

Fresh food and local fruit juices on tap, so you don’t need to worry about not getting your five a day of fruit and vegetables. All local dishes include balanced meals with organic protein and vegetables, leaving you with a nice full feeling and not a sickly bloated feeling from eating processed foods. Low-saturated fat, high-fibre and high plant foods prepared in local restaurants contribute to preventing coronary heart disease.

All activities include exercising, such as walking; hiking; climbing; snorkeling; swimming; cycling; horse riding; and even playing mas. Based on Blair (et al. 2004) it is recommended we exercise for at least 30 minutes per day, evidence shows ‘physical inactivity is a huge contributing issue in several chronic diseases and conditions’. When you do visit an island even if you don’t enjoy partaking in activities, you will certainly enjoy walking along the beaches and going on scenic walks at your own leisure to see the stunning scenery. All of the activities available on the islands contribute greatly to improving our health.

Relieving stress, studies have shown when you’re on vacation you reduce stress levels created from your daily routine. So why not book your perfect Caribbean break to release tension and have fun all at the same time? Those of us who have been on a holiday outside of the UK, tend to start celebrating months before the holiday actually starts. Like Miller et al. 2007 says “Holidays are experiences which people look forward to”. The pleasure of going to a Caribbean destination and the happiness we feel helps the mind body and soul and is great for your health.

I’m pretty certain we could include more health reasons as to why you should visit a Caribbean island, but we’ll leave it here.

When you book your amazing Caribbean break, don’t forget to take us with you! Visit: Ten&Lee swimwear Ltd

Ten&Lee is an exclusive ethical, niche swimwear brand inspired by the Caribbean, offering a range of reversible pieces made in the UK.

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