Why you should get wet next time it rains
Ever wondered why you feel so good after a dip in the ocean or why the air feels so cleansed and energising after a thunderstorm? The reason behind these sensations is the increase of negative ions in the atmosphere. Negative ions have been proven to be remarkably good for us, from increasing our energy levels and metabolism to improved concentration and mental clarity.
Where do negative ions come from?
Our air is filled with both positive and negative ions depending on where we are. The Earths radiation naturally generates negative ions which is why there are far higher levels of negative ions out in the countryside, particularly around free flowing water. And why being out in nature, surrounded by fresh air, the mountains, and fresh flowing water feels so rejuvenating.
What are negative and positive ions?
An ion is an atom or molecule that carries an electric charge, ions lose or gain electricity depending on atmospheric forces like a thunderstorm or environmental influencers like electrical equipment. Negative ions are oxygen atoms charged with an extra electron, positive ions are commonly CO2 particles that have lost an electron. Our bodies are exposed to both types all the time, but they each have very different effects on our health, understanding what they are and how they work can help us manage our environments and balance our exposure.
How do negative ions clean the air we breathe?
Negative ions behave like magnets to positively charged particles such as pollen and airborne bacteria, they attach themselves to these particles in quantities, making them heavy and preventing them from remaining airborne. These particles then sink to the floor or other surfaces which remove them from our breathable air and improves our state of health.
Where do positive ions come from?
Positive ions are naturally created by high winds, dust, humidity and pollution. Higher quantities are found in cities, where they are generated by electromagnetic fields created by televisions, mobiles and other electrical devices, or in enclosed spaces with limited or no fresh air. Clothes and hair dryers are particularly efficient at creating positive ions.
What impact can positive ions have?
Excess exposure to positive ions is believed to increase tension, anxiety, and irritability and in some cases aggravate arthritis and asthma. This is why it is important to understand how you can manage the positive vs negative ratio of your environment so you can promote a negatively ionised atmosphere.
Check out 6 ways you can increase the negative ion levels in your atmosphere:
Get outside - Get out into nature as frequently as possible, go for a daily walk in a park or along a beach. Or, if you're not a walker, grab a book or magazine and a blanket and find a spot outside to enjoy.
Make it social - Organise regular weekends away with friends in the mountains or forests and hit the hiking trails.
Bring the outside inside - Fill your home with plants and flowers, maybe purchase some Himalayan salt lamps and keep your windows open as mush as possible to allow clear airflow.
Work with it - Remember how much time you spend at work! Install a water feature and/or invest in a negative ioniser for your office. This is a great way to improve the space for you and your colleagues, especially in small or darker spaces.
Go natural - Wear natural fibers and let your hair and clothes dry naturally.
Get wet - Next time it rains, go for a walk! Keep warm but embrace nature in its raw form, soak up the sensations and atmosphere and feel your body getting its natural dose of mother natures best!