When it starts to rain most people tend to run for cover, shielding their heads from the drops. What if I told you sitting out in the rain can actually be beneficial for your health?
NEGATIVE IONS = POSITIVE VIBES
Negative ions are odorless, colorless, invisible molecules created and found in nature. Despite the name, negative ions actually create a positive affect when we are exposed to it.
Rainwater contains an abundance of negative ions. When we sit out in the rain these negative ions are absorbed directly into the blood stream, aiding the body in serotonin production.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is associated with feelings of well-being and happiness. Low serotonin levels are often linked to anxiety and depression.
Exposing yourself to rainwater allows the body to produce more serotonin which can boost mood, increase energy and act as a natural antidepressant.
Free radicals are uncharged molecules in the body that cause significant damage to living cells and tissue, also known as oxidative stress.
This is thought to be the cause of age-related changes such as wrinkles and grey hair.
Negative ions from rainwater can help the body combat and remove free-radicals.
The sound of rain has long been used as a white noise effect to help induce sleep. However, exposing our skin to rain water can help improve sleep as well!
Again, negative ions found in rain help the body increase serotonin levels. Low levels of serotonin are associated with insomnia. By boosting our serotonin levels we can see improved, deeper sleep. This also helps with increased energy levels and focus throughout the day.
Next time it rains, instead of running for cover, embrace it! Let the fresh rain water wash over you and absorb into your blood stream. Experience the calming affects of this natural wonder for yourself!