Negative Ions

The Effect of Negative Ions

Ever been up in the mountains, at the beach, or in a thunderstorm and suddenly felt a huge change in your mood? That’s not just a feeling of awe. It might be negative ions.

Negative ions are molecules floating in the air or atmosphere that have been charged with electricity.

Negative ions exist in nature in tons of places, including:

  • ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun
  • discharges of electricity in the air after a thunderclap or lightning strike
  • wherever water collidesTrusted Source with itself like a waterfall or the ocean shore (creating the Lenard effect)
  • produced as part of the normal growth process for many plants

Researchers looked at 100 years of studies and found evidence that negative ions could:

  • help regulate sleep patterns and mood
  • reduce stress
  • boost immune system function
  • increase metabolismTrusted Source of carbs and fats
  • kill or inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria, viruses, and mold species, such as E. coliStaphylococcus aureus, and the bacterium that causes tuberculosis

What are Positive Ions?

Positive ions are small molecules that have gained a positive charge. Most forms of pollution, toxic chemicals, pet dander, pollen, mold, and other harmful chemicals in the air carry a positive electrical charge, making them positive ions.

Having high levels of positive ions in the environment can lead to a host of ailments. This is because we are surrounded by positive ions from electromagnetic fields generated by computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices which can impair brain function and suppress the immune system causing symptoms such as: anxiety, breathing difficulty, fatigue, headaches, irritability, lack of energy, poor concentration, nausea, and vertigo.

Unfortunately, in today’s society, there are significant quantities of positive ions in the air, much more than what our ancestors had to deal with. They are especially problematic in cities, office buildings, and industrial zones.

What Generates Positive Ions?

In nature, positive ions are commonly formed by strong winds, dust, humidity, and pollution. They  are at their highest levels just before an electrical storm. In general, anything that’s toxic or has electromagnetic capabilities will generate harmful positive ions.

Office air-conditioning systems, fluorescent lights, cell phones, televisions, computers, toxic carpeting, upholstery, paint, and air pollution are all potent positive ion generators, with printers and photocopiers being especially bad.

The environment we live in today has far more sources of positive ions, creating an electrical imbalance in the air and our bodies.

What are Negative Ions?

Negative ions are the opposite of positive ions and they have the opposite effect on your health, mood, and energy levels.

We inhale negative ions in environments such as the ocean, mountains, forests, and waterfalls. 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 energy.

What Generates Negative Ions?

Negative ions in the air have a strong negative charge. They are statically attracted to airborne particles like dust, mold spores, pet dander, and other floating pollutants and potential allergens.

By attaching to these pollutants and allergens they give them a negative charge and, rather than drifting in the air, they are grounded and fall to the floor or nearest surface.

Negative ions make your body feel recharged and rejuvenated. The reason you feel so refreshed when exposed to negative ions is because of the significantly higher negative ion concentrations in the breathable atmosphere.

How to Increase Negative Ions in your Environment

The easiest way to experience the benefits of negative ions is to spend more time outdoors. Expose yourself to places with very high concentrations of negative ions such as:

  • Dense forests (especially pine forests)
  • Mountains
  • Parks
  • Waterfalls
  • Springs
  • Go outside after heavy rain and storms
  • Beaches

But traveling to the great outdoors isn’t the only way to get high concentration of negative ions. Here is where XPERTS IONS can help.