Waterfalls... and their Health Benefits
Not only that waterfalls have always been the favorite habitat of mystics and artists.., but for some reason, everybody feels relaxed and in a special mood while near them.
* Perhaps the craziest thing the Falls have inspired is true love- In fact, many believe that the negative ions generated by the falling water of the cataract are a strong aphrodisiac.
Falling waters, water waves, or water evaporation from plants, create thousands of negative ions by splitting water molecules. The negative electrons jointhe free positive electrons in the air neutralizing their electrical charge.
These negative ions appear to have an effect in changing mood. The sound of falling water and its proximity can help you relax...
The inspiration and romance generated at places like Niagara Falls have a direct relationship with the serotonin level in the bloodstream, caused by the waves of negative ions from the spray of these falls...
Serotonin is thought to play an important role to our mood, thought processes, sleeping patterns, eating patterns, reaction to external stimuli and control of motor activity. People feel positive about both themselves and the world around them.
It was shown that the increase of serotonin levels in the blood can treat cases of mild to moderate depression which can lead to symptoms like anxiety, apathy, fear, feelings of worthlessness, insomnia and fatigue.
Atmosphere charged with negative ions offer a wealth of physical and psychological benefits, like reduction of asthma and allergy symptoms and relief of seasonal depression, fatigue and nervousness.
They also help improve performance of voluntary movements, increase work capacity and sharpen mental function.
Water fountains are very good environment enhancements because they are at the same time soothing and energizing. Source: Healing Springs book by Nathaniel Altman
As shown on the "Negative Ions" page:
The sound and motion of gurgling water activates the life energy, and adds humidity to a dry room, helping to balance the health and wealth energy.
Waterfalls and fountains relax mind, body and spirit
The soothing sound of a babbling brook or gentle plinks of raindrops is recreated with this peaceful copper bowl water fountain. The relaxing sound of falling waters creates an oasis of calm and tranquility in interior environments.
Falling or just moving waters like cascades, streams, springs, water spray patterns, ornamental falls, water staircases, etc., bring life to your home, while they enhance the environment with lots of healthy negative ions and relaxing sound.
I'll be adding soon some more waterfalls photos I took myself.