How To Get A Natural High
Amazing. But not, when you realize what’s in these winds.
These notorious desert and sea winds are also linked to minor illnesses and malaise epidemics. Victims' claims range from sleeplessness, irritability, tension, migraines, nausea, palpitations and hot flashes with sweating of chills to tremor, vertigo, swelling, breathing difficulty, and frequent intestinal movement. Older folks are affected with depression, apathy and fatigue.
What causes these ‘witches' winds’ as they’re often called, to differ from others? What does the air in them posses or lack that make them a dread to the lands or oceans they blow across?
Nothing more than an imbalance of invisible, minute particles. They’re called ions and have an imperceptible electrical charge. And these ‘witches’ winds have lots of positive ions.
Experts say that positive ions rob us of our good senses and dispositions, while their counterpart, negative ions, enhance them, stimulating everything from plant growth to the human sex drive.
Got your attention, right?
So yesterday, when I wanted to celebrate finishing a classical commission that had preoccupied all my time for the past week, we decided to visit some waterfalls.
We drove to Transylvania County. It’s not the home of Dracula but the county with, I would guess, has the most waterfalls. Up to 500 of them if you include those on private property.
We hiked to Triple Falls, a spectacular series of falls totalling about 120' in vertical drop. Featured in the movie ‘Last of the Mohicans’, we picnicked right at the base of the falls and couldn’t have been happier.
Waterfall hikes are like no other. People are always smiling after spending time at a waterfall.
Why is it that waterfalls put you in a good mood? Because the air around waterfalls is full of negative ions. Just like ocean air, you’re breathing in the stuff of relaxation and joy. It’s no coincidence that health resorts are situated in these refreshing locations.
I know it’s a little confusing, but just think of positive ions as being unhealthy, and negative ions as being good for you.
Simply put, scientists say that the change in the balance between negative and positive ions in the air around you can elevate your mood.
Don’t know about you, but there’s nothing like a good mood to make my day run smoothly!
Scientists at the University of California grew barley, oats, lettuce and peas in an atmosphere that had very little positive ions and found that growth was stunted and the plants diseased. When the experiment was repeated in air carrying more than double the normal number of negative ions, it produced accelerated growth.
And in Russia, scientists tried to raise small animals - mice, rats, guinea pigs, rabbits - in air with no ions at all. They all died within a few days.
Luckily, every home has a built in, natural ionizer - your shower. So our daily showers are, in fact, a practice of preventive medicine. I take two a day because they’re so vitalizing.
To create a double exposure of joy and relaxation, listen to high frequency sound as well. The power punch of positive music and negative ions is easy, fun and great for you. Why go without a good mood, every day. Go get your natural high now.
Tania Gabrielle French
P.S. “Leisure is a form of silence, not noiselessness. It is the silence of contemplation such as occurs when we let our minds rest on a rosebud, a child at play, a Divine mystery, or a waterfall.” - Fulton J. Sheen