Have you ever noticed how you experience a sense of euphoria after a short spring thunderstorm? Or a state of relief as though the rain took away all evil the thoughts? What actually happens to you in those moments is the result of being exposed to an increased amount of negative ions released by the rain.
Negative ions are tasteless, and odorless electrically charged particles that we inhale in abundance when we are in environments that contain moving water, like rain. Every time we draw a breath they fill our lungs and are carried by the blood to our body cells. Once they reach our bloodstream they are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin helping to relieve stress, alleviate depression and even boost our energy.
Not only rain has this effect over our mood. Waterfalls, the ocean and even dew and mist in the mountains relieve an abundance of negative ions. On the other side, the indoor spaces contain less negative ions and more positives ones which may affect our mood in bad way. Felix Sulman, head of the applied pharmacology department at Jerusalem University, conducted experiments with negative and positive ions and discovered that participants at the study that were put in a room that contained primarily positive ions became irritable and fatigued.
Next time the rain starts but you don’t want to expose yourself directly, just open a window and let some negative ions come in.
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