Negative ions may sound like something unhealthy, but in fact, recent studies suggest breathing in air that is rich in negative ions can have a very positive effect on one’s physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
There are numerous health benefits to inhaling negative ions. Once negative ions are inhaled and enter the bloodstream, they produce biochemical reactions that can increase the chemical serotonin. This natural galvanization of serotonin improves emotional balance, mental clarity, and pacifying the central nervous system.
Ions are charged particles in the air; some are charged negatively, and some are charged positively. Negative ions, put in non-scientific terms, are basically oxygen ions with an extra electron attached, produced through water molecules, which is why they are in such beautifully abundant supply near fresh, flowing water supplies such as rivers, streams, seas, and waterfalls. Consequently, one of the best ways to experience the positive health effects of negative ions is to spend more time in nature. Spending time outdoors either barefoot near a pool of flowing water or even simply placing your hand on the trunk of a tree and closing your eyes while taking in deep breaths, will have an immediate effect.