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Indoor Water Features, Negative Ions, and You PDF Print Email
Home & Family - Interior Design
Written by: Jim Navary   
Thursday, 11 February 2010 13:58
Indoor water fountains are quickly gaining popularity in the USA. Today, a wide variety of gorgeous designs of indoor water features are showing up in homes throughout the country. But looks are not the sole reason for the recent indoor fountain popularity. Interior fountains are also gaining interest for their mood-altering abilities. Interior water features to counter unhappiness? It might not be as far fetched as it may seem.

Indoor water fountains are quickly increasing in popularity in the USA. Today, an impressive selection of attractive designs of interior water features are showing up in homes throughout the country. But appearances are certainly not the only reason for the recent interior water feature trend. Interior water features are also gaining attention for their mood-changing capabilities. Interior water features as a treatment for depression? It may not be as outlandish as it appears.

Interior fountains create airborne particles called negative ions. Perhaps you may recall from high school chemistry class, a negative ion is a molecule that has lost one or more electrons, and therefore has a negative charge. For bubbling water the negative ions are airborne water molecules generated by the turbulence in an interior fountain. The negative ions are capable of producing some very positive effects. Negative ions, as a result of their electrical charge, actually stick to harmful particles in the air, removing pollutants like smoke and dust particles. In addition a number of scientists now believe that negative ions, like those generated by an interior water feature, could also have a strong effect on mood.

A research project at Columbia University confirmed that inhaling negative ions, like those created by indoor fountains, can enhance the production of serotonin, a brain chemical tied to mood. People with clinical depression suffer from abnormally reduced amounts of serotonin. Therefore, most antidepressant medicines counteract the disorder by raising serotonin levels.

You may imagine serotonin as "happy juice"; the more you have, the happier you are. More research is needed, but ion therapy might possibly offer an alternative therapy for depression, by elevating serotonin levels without the hazardous side effects associated with most anti-depressant medications.

As with all preliminary research findings, this one has its limitations. It is unclear what size of an interior fountain would be needed to produce useful levels of negative ions. The research is still ongoing. What is clear, nonetheless, is that no indoor fountain will hurt. Even a small interior water feature, with its soothing white noise, is sure to enhance your surroundings... and perhaps your disposition as well.

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