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Fun fact: there is scientific evidence to back up the refreshing feeling you get in the shower. It’s the same reason that people naturally are drawn to oceans, lakes, waterfalls, and bodies of water. Falling water, whether it’s from a fountain, a waterfall, or your shower head, releases negative ions into the atmosphere surrounding you. These ions have proven to have a positive effect on our physical well-being.

This may seem obvious, but if you’re in an environment where the concentration of negative ions is greater than the concentration of positive ions, your mind and body will feel that negative affect.

Water features of course provide soothing aesthetics that help us relax and calm down in today’s stressful and busy world. Water in landscapes have therapeutic effects, helping to lower blood pressure and improve both physical and mental health.

If you’re looking to improve your overall health by adding a soothing atmosphere to your home, or if you don’t even know how much de-stressing you truly need, consider adding a pond, waterfall, or fountain to your outdoor living space. Experts agree that it’s a great choice!

“Hospital patients who have a view of natural landscapes recover faster from surgery and require less pain medication. In addition, heart rate, blood pressure, and other measures return to normal levels more quickly when people view natural rather than urban landscapes after a stressful experience.”

The Sustainable Sites Initiative. Standards and Guidelines: Preliminary Report. November 1, 2007

“Our patients and their families find peace and tranquility when visiting our beautiful water features. We receive a great deal of positive feedback on the addition of the water gardens to our facility. Even the staff and board members have found the water features to be beneficial for relieving stress and improving their daily outlook.”

Nancy Vance, Executive Director, Living Well Cancer Resource Center