Wouldn't it be great to bring the beach home? Just imagine stepping into your backyard and experiencing that moment when your toes first sink into the warm sand. Sun radiates from your toes up through your entire body, causing you to inhale. Exhale. You feel stress melt away and life flow back into your body.
Impossible? Maybe not. Researchers credit all those euphoric feelings to one invisible, odorless, tasteless little molecule: the negative ion.
Negative ions are created naturally as air molecules break apart due to moving water, air, radiation and sunlight. When we inhale them they increase serotonin levels and the flow of oxygen to the brain, creating the feeling that stress is melting away and life is returning to your body.
So what's the secret to bringing that just "stepped onto the beach" feeling to your home? Moving water.
"The action of the pounding surf creates negative air ions and we also see it immediatly after spring thunderstorms when people report lightened moods," says Michael Terman, PhD, ion researcher at the University of Columbia, NY.
There are so many ways to add moving water to your home the possibilities are only limited by your imagination. When I go to the beach I love to sit on the sand or a warm rock and put my feet in the cool water, if you're like me a pond with a stream or waterfall may be the perfect choice for you.
While you can't really put your feet in it if space is limited a patio pond with a small fountain may be perfect. The addition of a fogger will increase the negative ion output of your small water feature.
Perhaps you prefer the luxury of a chaise lounge or tiki hut as you sip your favorite beverage.
A pondless waterfall that dissapears into your patio may be just the thing to add the sounds of water and increase the negative ions in your backyard, bringing the beach home. www.nhpond.com