THE OCEAN + BALANCE
The ocean sells itself when it comes to being magical and mystical and full of endless, unexplainable beauty. Swimming, surfing and simply being near the ocean have a powerful, positive impact on our moods and happiness levels. While some may chalk this up to vacation mode or relaxation time, there is actually a scientific explanation for this positive shift we experience around the ocean.
Our bio magnetic field, or the human body’s internal electrical activity, is made up of both positive and negative ions. Each of these odorless, tasteless, invisible molecules takes place naturally. However, the environments in which we live today produce a much higher abundance of positive ions than negative ions.
Another form of free radicals, positive ions are essentially unbalanced which causes them to seek out a balancing charge from sources like healthy cells in people. Positive ions, given off by everyday electrical appliances like computers and cell phones, easily seep their way in-- especially as technology plays an increasing role in our daily lives. An overexposure of positive ions can impact us by draining our energy, increasing stress levels and making us more susceptible to anxiety or depression.
On the other hand, moving water produces abundant negative ions which bring us a natural sense of vitality. Studies suggest that negative ions have not only an antimicrobial effect, but also a mood-balancing one. Research indicates that negative ions can influence serotonin levels in your brain, which is a neurotransmitter that contributes to common mood disorders ranging from depression to seasonal affective disorder. In being close to water in motion like rivers, waterfalls and especially something as vast as the ocean, just taking a few deep breaths will fill your magnetic field with a big dose of vibrant and enthusiastic energy.
It is said that the ocean produces tens of thousands of negative ions, while an average home or office may contain a few hundred or sometimes none at all. Where are we spending most of our time? If your answer is near the ocean, you’re on the right track.
Our bodies crave balance in so many different forms: physically, mentally, emotionally, and even on a very intricate cellular level. The yin and the yang, the light and the dark, the positive and the negative-- there’s always a way to level ourselves out. Luckily for us, access to natural resources is never too far off. No matter where you live or what type of environment surrounds you, carving out time to immerse yourself in nature where life is sprouting and blooming all on its own can do wonders for your mood, stress levels and overall happiness.
Making it a priority to swim in the ocean, dip your feet in a lake, sit near a waterfall, or climb the nearest trail will create an internal balance big enough to impact your entire well-being. A theory that has been supported for thousands of years by many different cultures, remembering these basic gifts that surround us, like water in nature, enable us to have the power to change our own lives for the better.