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Can Beach Walks Really Cure Disease?

What's a negative ion anyway?

Who doesn’t like going to the beach? There’s nothing quite like feeling a cool breeze on your face while listening to the sound of the ocean. It’s a truly serene experience.

But have you ever thought about why we enjoy the beach so much?

The truth is, there’s something in that cool ocean air that you’re breathing in – something that might just be influencing your mind and body more than you realize.

Breathing in ions

Years ago, when I was going through it, (but who hasn’t) I found myself going to the beach for hours on end, almost everyday. As a local Laguna Beach residence, of course the only place to go is the much coveted Splashes on the beach, where on occasion when the tide is high, the water actually splashes through the shutters.

The smell of the ocean breeze and fresh cut mum flowers on the table was an escape all its own.

The ritual

Everyday, I would start out with a salmon salad, a glass of wine, or two, or on a bad day remembering all the reasons I was there in the first place, definitely more. I would invite friends to join me, and soon it became my ritual. Lunch. Fresh mum flowers on the table, followed by a beach walk and an ocean dip.

This went on for almost a year, and then one day I just stopped going. I didn’t plan on stopping. I just forgot to go back.

Months had passed, and one day I returned for lunch with my friend, a nutritionalist/ therapist.

“That’s so funny,” I remarked, ”I used to come here everyday, walk on the beach and swim in the ocean. Then one day I just stopped,” pondering why I added, “I just stopped coming back, until today.”

“Well, don’t you know why,” my friend now aka nutritional expert,”because your body was healed, and you didn’t need to.”

Completely intrigued I asked, “what do you mean? I was healed? That’s why I didn’t come back”

The Beach detox

She explained:

“Oceans, lakes, forest, mountains and waterfalls, because of the densities produce negative electromagnetic fields called ions. This charge actually pulls out positive ions from your body caused by exposure to electronic equipment/ high levels of stress,. Restoring your bodies electromagnet field increases your immune system fighting off disease.

When your body was healed, and restored, you didn’t need to come.”

“Hmm,” I thought, “And I thought I was coming for the sauvignon blanc.”


Further research on negatives ions and grounding

Negative ions found at the beach enhance our mood, stimulate our senses, improve appetite and sexual drive, provide relief from hay fever, sinusitis, bronchial asthma, allergies, migraines, even post operative pain and burns. Negative ions stimulate the reticuloendothelial system which is a group of defense cells in our bodies which marshal our resistance to disease. Negative ions promote alpha brain waves and increased brain wave amplitude which results in a higher awareness level. The body is better able to absorb oxygen into the blood cells, oxidize serotonin and filter airborne contaminants.

The beach, in particular, can have as much as 2000 negative ions per cubic centimeter as opposed to a crowded city that may have less than 100.

Studies have shown that negative ions possess not only an anti-microbial effect but also a mood-stabilizing one. Research seems to indicate that negative ions can influence serotonin levels in your brain.


Once they reach our bloodstream, negative ions are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our daytime energy.


Grounding or Earthing is connecting to the earth barefoot allowing the electromagnetic frequencies to discharge. Simply walking on the beach or earth discharges stored EMF and radiation that your body has no way of eliminating otherwise. Imagine putting your finger in an outlet and absorbing the positive charge floods your body with negative ions while defusing positive ions from your body as a charge into the ground.

A simple beach walk

Can a beach walk cure diseases? Are we drawn to the beach for reasons we’re not even aware of? Is it the mesmerizing sound of the ocean, the warm breeze, or the serotonin/ negative ion high from walking on the sand?

For whatever reason, give me a table right by the open shutters, a glass of Sauvignon blanc at Splashes and I’ll figure out the answer tomorrow, today is just too good of a day for questions.

Lisa Hamilton/ The Hamilton Post


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