What are negative Ions?

Negative ions, put in non-scientific terms, are basically oxygen ions with an extra electron attached.

Negative ions are created in nature, when air molecules disintegrate as a result of sun light.  They are also formed as a result of the breakdown of sodium (salt = sodium chloride), a process which means there is a high concentration of Negative Ions in Salt Rooms.

What do negative ions do? 

Negative ions cling and bond with any impurities in the air they occupy.  The impurities (such as dust, mould spores, pollen, pet dander, odours, cigarette smoke, bacteria, viruses and other allergens) become too heavy to stay airborne, and drop to the floor or attach to a nearby surface, so that you are no longer breathing them in.  This prevents the allergens from causing respiratory problems and other health issues.

The healing properties of Negative Ions:

  • Killing viruses, bacteria and allergens– Negative ions are proven to clear the air of dust, pollen, pet dander, mold spores and other potential allergens, as well as significantly decrease airborne viruses and bacteria.
  • Recovery from physical exhaustion or fatigue – by increasing oxygen levels in the blood and facilitating more efficient oxygen utilization.  Additionally, by normalising serotonin production in the brain, negative ions help to accelerate recovery from chronic fatigue as well as physical recovery from workouts/training sessions, illness and injury.
  • Relaxation, increased calm and better sleep – by promoting abundant oxygen levels in the blood, negative ions help normalize brain function, resulting in relaxation, increased calm and better sleep.
  • Blood purification – by increasing the levels of calcium and sodium in the blood stream, negative ions help restore a healthy pH balance to the blood.
  • Increasing metabolism and promoting better digestion – by stimulating the exchange of electronic substances in cell walls, negative ions help increase metabolism and ease tension in the stomach and intestines, thereby promoting the production of digestive enzymes, and enhancing digestion.
  • Depression, Anxiety and Stress– negative ions can calm and relax the nerves by normalizing breathing rate, decreasing blood pressure and relieving tension and stress.  As you inhale negative air ions, your blood carries these ions to your brain and stimulates the release of a brain chemical called serotonin.  This is particularly helpful for those suffering from depression, low moods, seasonal affective disorder or winter depression due to lower levels of serotonin in the brain.  Clinical studies have shown that negative ion therapy is an effective treatment for depression and anxiety disorders and is a natural alternative to chemical anti-depressants.
  • Elevated mental concentration and performance– Negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain; resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness, and more mental energy.
  • Strengthening the immune system – high levels of negative ions promote production of globulin in the blood, resulting in stronger resistance to illness. The function of Cilia- which protect your lungs from irritation is improved, thus reducing instances of respiratory illnesses, like colds and flu, hay-fever and asthma.
  • Enhancing overall health and well-being – negative ions can activate, rejuvenate and revitalize all of the body’s systems and cells, promoting a stronger overall health and a sense of well-being.

 

* For Medical Research on the Effects of Negative Ions CLICK HERE.