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The Power of the Beach

Who needs a reason to go to the beach? I certainly don't and I bet you don't either. I guarantee that you will always come away from the beach feeling refreshed and revived. So why is that? It may have something to do with negative ions.

Negative ions are oxygen molecules with an extra negatively charged electron. There are also positive ions which are molecules that have lost one or more electrons.

How can these ions affect our health?

Negative ions are good for our health, while positive ions are damaging to our health. Positive ions are produced by electrical equipment such as mobile phones, televisions, microwaves, ovens, etc. The highest concentrations of positive ions exist in cities, crowded places, offices, industrial areas, cars, etc. In general, anything that's toxic or has electromagnetic capabilities will generate harmful positive ions.

The good ions, which weirdly are called the negative ions are present in the air we breathe in and they are also present in our bodies. The degree to which negative ions contribute to overall well-being and health is scientifically proven:

* They neutralize free radicals. * They revitalize cell metabolism. * They enhance immune function. * They purify the blood. * They balance the autonomic nervous system, promoting deep sleep and healthy digestion.

Exposing ourselves to negative ions

The easiest way to experience the benefits of negative ions is to spend more time outdoors. You're probably thinking you don't have time in your day to wander off, however, taking a lunch break and getting outside will have a huge benefit to your overall wellbeing.

Negative ions are in abundance on the ocean's surf or anywhere where there is moving water. The beach has to be my favourite place, it doesn't matter if it's sunny, windy or raining it is the best place to be to soak up some sun and some negative ions.

Being barefoot on the beach and listening to the rhythm of the waves can have such a calming effect on us.

What if I can't get to the beach?

Not all of us are fortunate enough to live at the beach or even visit it every year. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean you don’t get to enjoy any of the negative ion goodness. That's because negative ions are found in all parts of nature, get out there and embrace the woods, visit a local park, or sit by a small stream or river and relax. Even after a heavy rain storm, you can reap the benefits, just go outside and take some deep breaths.

Another easy way to take on negative ions is to surround yourself with plants. They clean the air by taking in carbon dioxide and breathing out fresh oxygen and many negative ions.

To be honest, the easiest way is just to open a window, it's a surefire way to invite those negative ions inside, regardless of the weather.

Negative ions are essential to living properly and making an active effort to make sure you are getting a vital amount can make a difference. In terms of your wellness, a little exposure can go a long way. So, the next time you’re at the beach or the park, make sure to take a deep breath in because those negative ions might just be the reason why you feel so great!

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