Negative ions are the so called good ions or “happy ions” because of their effect on mood, energy, libido and sense of well-being.
Remember the feeling you had when you last:
- Walked on the beach
- Sat beside a waterfall
- Climbed in the mountains
This feeling is due to the number of happy ions in these environments
Ions are molecules that have lost or gained an electrical charge. They are generated in nature by molecules breaking apart due to sunlight, radiation, high winds or moving water.
Those that have gained an electron or charge are known as negative ions, (these are the happy ions) – those that have lost charge are known as positive ions.
Negative or happy ions form predominantly near waterfalls, high on mountains, at the seashore or after storms. Negative ions can improve sleep, appetite and recuperation. Air quality studied at the site of a waterfall, seashore, mountain top or after a spring shower records hundreds of thousands of negative ions per cubic centimeter.
Researchers from the former Soviet Union have noted that more than 5,000 scientific studies support the view that high doses of negative ions produce positive effects. The opposite is true with similar exposure to positive ions. They were the first to become convinced of the benefits of negative ion treatment for individuals with various illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis and upper respiratory problems.
here comes the science bit !
Researchers believe negative ions:
- Act on our capacity to absorb and utilize oxygen. Negative ions in the bloodstream accelerate the delivery of oxygen to cells and tissues.
- Speed up oxidation of serotonin. This is well known to have far reaching effects on mood, pain relief and sexual drive; ionizers are often used as an alternative to drugs such as Prozac to treat depression.
- Plants grow faster and healthier, and humans respond with increased alertness and relaxation.
Unfortunately most of the elements in our modern day environment act as a vacuum for negative ions. Air conditioning, heating and synthetic fibers in our clothing and furniture cause a severe depletion of negative ions. Pollution from car exhaust, cigarette smoke, fluorescent lighting, electrical and electronic equipment, TV screens, overcrowding and even breathing all contribute to negative ion depletion.
Offices and organisations using negative ion generators have found employees are less likely to catch colds, report in sick and are more cheerful and alert.
When negative ions are denied to animal and plant life, they wither and die, while humans undergo severe chemical changes. Research worldwide has associated a lack of negative ions with difficulty breathing, aching joints, migraines, insomnia and increased susceptibility to infection and disease. Lack of negative ions has also been connected to depression, lethargy, anxiety, mental illness and suicides.
Effects of Negatively Charged Fresh Air:
- Increased quality and growth rate of plants and animals.
- Decreased Anxiety.
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