In a recent blog post we touched on the benefits of getting outdoors. In this post, I want to discuss the benefits of negative ions. I bring up the benefits of getting outdoors as an example because I want you to think of how you feel when you walk in nature, on a beach or near a river. You are breathing in the fresh air and are close to water. You feel refreshed, energized, relaxed and just in a good frame of mind. Have you ever wondered why that is?
The human body’s magnetic field is made up of both positive and negative ions; these ions occur naturally in the air. Ironically, despite the name of positive ions, overexposure to them is bad. Think of electrical equipment, such as air conditioners, computers and phones. These electrical items can affect our magnetic field and drain energy, making us feel tired and moody. Positive ions are also known as free radicals and we are surrounded by them, creating an electrical imbalance in the air and our bodies and causing cellular damage. However, water in motion produces negative ions, bringing more energy and vitality so it’s important to get out and breathe that fresh air and be close to nature. Yes, dancing in the rain is good for you!
Negative ions are invisible molecules (also odorless and tasteless) that we inhale. Negative ions are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress and boost daytime energy.
We are surrounded by positive ions while negative ions can be found in many places, but an average home or office building are sealed off from them and may contain very little or none. So what can you do?
- Take a warm shower
- Take a walk in nature, especially near water, if possible
- Exercise outdoors
- Sit in a lush garden
- Have house plants
- Install an indoor water fountain
- Use an air-ioniser*
- Use a Himalayan salt lamp*
- Never allow smoking in your home
- Use natural fibers (cottons, linens, bamboos) where you can to reduce static electricity
- Dry your clothes in fresh air as opposed to a clothes dryer, if possible
- Let your hair dry naturally, if possible
- Replace bright fluorescent globes with low-wattage bulbs
- Hand wash clothes instead of using a dry cleaner
- Turn electrical appliances off at the power point when going to sleep
- Burn candles and keep fresh flowers in the home and office
*There is no scientific evidence to support claims of air-ionisers and salt lamps. Although there is no harm in using either one and salt lamps are great for decoration and low lighting.
It’s important to make changes in your life that improve your emotional, physical and mental wellbeing. Small changes to how we view nature and the world around us can have longterm benefits to our wellbeing.
Energy sessions can help with the process of improving your wellbeing. Consider making an appointment with me to help you release some of your blockages. We will work at your own pace and comfort level in a private and quiet setting.