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The Feel-Good Benefits of Adding a Water Feature to Your Denver Outdoor Living Space


August 17, 2016

If you think for a moment, you will realize that people naturally sit and congregate more often near fountains, waterfalls and moving water – that's because humans are naturally attracted to moving water. There is nothing more relaxing than settling down and listening to the sound of a soothing water feature in your Denver outdoor living space.

Whether it's a dramatic waterfall or a soft gurgle, water features work their magic by providing a focal point, health benefits, and delightful background sounds that cover unwanted noise. Water features can transform a deck, your backyard, your mood, and your health. A water feature is any of a full range of fountains, containers, pools, ponds, cascades, waterfalls, riverbeds, and streams in landscape architecture, on decks, and in garden design.

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. There's nothing wrong or unusual about 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.

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, and 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 negatively affected by a 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 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."
In nature, beneficial negative ions are released by:
  • Summer rains
  • Water waves or flowing water
  • Falling waters
  • Sunny weather
  • Water evaporation produced by plants
  • Photosynthesis
  • Fresh Snow
We can create outdoor living spaces for any backyard imaginable. At Kona Contractors, we will work with you to create the perfect outdoor living space. If you have an idea of what type or style you like, we can install it for you. If you are looking for some guidance, we can offer style ideas that fit within your budget – and your dreams. Contact us today to get started:  720-935-4922.