You just can’t explain that feeling you get at the beach. Maybe it’s the sound of the waves, or the warm sun replenishing your vitamin D levels, or just being away from daily stresses. Whatever “it” is, you just feel good. Something must be in the air.
According to mounting research, there really is something in the air at the beach. Because of the constant crashing and movement of the waves, the beach contains high levels of negative ions. Negative ions appear to have a positive effect on health and mood. They are produced when moving water, wind, and radiation break apart air molecules. What’s left is an oxygen molecule with an extra electron.
High concentrations of negatively charged ions have long been thought to affect the way you feel and there’s now supporting evidence they can boost mood, ease depression, and even improve physical health. Negative ions can also be found in high concentrations at waterfalls, in the mountains, and immediately after a summer rain storm. Even your shower or the fountain in the park produces negative ions.
These special air particles are actually biologically active when they enter the body, yet how they work is still unknown. Animal studies have found that living in an area free of negative ions can actually shorten the lifespan. Researchers at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow found a negative ion-rich environment improves an animal’s ability to handle physical stresses. They also appear to help boost production of protective antioxidant enzymes, and lead to beneficial changes in neurotransmitters and hormones in the body. Preliminary research conducted by Michael Terman, Ph.D. at Columbia University Medical Center, suggests that high density negative ion therapy may help those suffering from Seasonal Affect Disorder, a type of depression experienced in the winter. Besides their positive physiological effects, negative ions are thought to also help clean the air of odors, allergens and pollutants.
Indoor environments tend to have very low levels of negative ions. Our modern lifestyle is to thank for that. Computers, electrical appliances, and air conditioning all contribute to negative ion depletion. Some health experts recommend using negative ion generators to replenish the indoor environment.
This summer you can get your negative ion fix by seeking them out where they are found naturally. Make your vacation plans and head to the mountains or where the water moves. If a vacation is not in the budget, just roll the windows down in the car or step outside after a storm rolls through this summer. You’ll definitely do yourself some good.
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