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The Psychological Health Benefits of a My Denver Landscaper Landscape Water Feature


June 22, 2016

A water feature is any of a full range of fountains, containers, pools, ponds, cascades, waterfalls, and streams in landscape architecture and garden design. Water features can transform a landscape, your mood, and your health. Whether it's a dramatic waterfall or a quiet pond, water features work their magic by providing a focal point, health benefits, and delightful background music that covers unwanted noise. Here at My Denver Landscaper, we are committed to bringing your idea of paradise into reality by building a water feature that will put a smile on your face and happiness in your home. We are your Denver service experts, specializing in the creation of natural-looking ecosystems consisting of ponds, waterfalls, and streams.

Humans are attracted to moving water. If you think a moment, you will realize that people naturally sit and congregate more often near fountains, waterfalls and moving water. And there is nothing more relaxing than settling down and listening to the sound of a splashing landscape water feature in your garden.

Water – especially moving water – produces negative ions. What are ions? They are electrically charged atoms and molecules. Atoms and molecules become positively or negatively charged continuously, as part of the chemical reactions that keep us alive. Nothing wrong with this – the only thing that can bother us is when there are too many positively charged, versus negatively charged, particles in our bodies and/or environments.
In nature, negative ions are released by:
  • Water waves or flowing water
  • Falling waters
  • Water evaporation produced by plants
  • Photosynthesis
  • Summer rains
  • Sunny weather
  • Fresh Snow
As early as the 18th century Horace-Benedict de Saussure built a measuring device to show the amount of negative ions generated by water in places like forests, mountains, or near waterfalls. 

Dr. Albert P. Krueger, at the University of California, studied the effects of negatively charged particles on human health and wellbeing. His research showed that negatively charged (ionized) air has a direct relation to the levels of serotonin (a neuro-hormone) in the blood, thus having a great effect on altering the mood. Serotonin is the "feel good" chemical that, when present in sufficient amounts, allows us to relax and know that all is well.

In 1981, The New York Times reported on research that showed how humans are affected by a largely positively charged environment, such as that produced by wind. In their post, Ions Created by Winds May Prompt Changes in Emotional States, they site experiments described by Dr. Jonathan M. Charry of Rockefeller University and Dr. Frank B.W. Hawkinshire 5th of N.Y.U. in an issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, stating:  "The apparent effects of positive ions included increased tension and irritability as well as a slowing of reaction times."

Give
My Denver Landscapers, LLC a call for a free estimate for all of your Denver water feature services. We can design and install a water feature that naturally produces negatively charged ions that will soothe and calm, providing the remedy to those windy, cranky, positive-ion days. Once My Denver Landscaper undertakes a project, we dedicate all of our skills, experience and full resources to seeing it through to a successful completion in the most efficient, methodical and thorough manner. Call us today!

Addtional Resources: 
http://www.landscapeplanet.com/water-1-features.htm
http://www.healthbenefitsofwater.com/negative-ions/