Have you ever stopped to think why you feel so good walking in the woods, on a beach or near a river, breathing the fresh air in the mountains, or perhaps just breathing the fresh air after it rains?
There’s something in the air that may boost your mood — get a whiff of negative ions!
The human body’s magnetic field is made up of both positive and negative ions. Over-exposure to positive ions caused by electrical equipment such as computers and mobile phones can affect our magnetic field and drain energy, making us feel tired and lethargic. However, water in motion produces abundant negative ions, bringing more energy and vitality.
Negative ions are odorless, tasteless, and invisible molecules that we inhale in abundance in certain environments such as the ocean, mountains, and waterfalls. Once they reach our bloodstream, negative ions are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our daytime energy.
There appears to be a connection between air ions and mood. Known as a mood enhancer, it was not until the 1990’s that this environmental factor was evaluated for antidepressant properties. The initial clinical trial by Dr. Michael and Terman at Columbia, reported in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, focused on patients with seasonal affective disorder as they experienced major depressive episodes in winter.
They found high-density negative ions to produce as much improvement as that seen with morning light therapy. Low density was ineffective. The trial was performed in a true “randomized double blind,” since humans are unable to perceive or detect ion level in the air circulation. Since the first clinical trial, the effect has been replicated in patients with chronic, nonseasonal depression, most of whom had experienced inadequate response to antidepressant drugs.
Surround yourself with a positive circle of negative ions around you! Feel good and energized all day long!