There’s something in the air, and while some may say it’s love, others might say it’s the next best thing — negative ions. Negative ions are odorless, tasteless, and invisible molecules that we inhale in abundance in certain environments. Think mountains, rainstorms, waterfalls, and beaches. Once they reach our bloodstream, negative ions produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our daytime energy.
Ions are molecules that have gained or lost an electrical charge. They are created in nature as air molecules break apart due to sunlight, radiation, and moving air and water. You may have experienced the power of negative ions when you last set foot on the beach or walked beneath a waterfall. While part of the euphoria is simply being around these wondrous settings and away from the normal pressures of home and work, the air circulating in the mountains and the beach is said to contain tens of thousands of negative ions — Much more than the average home or office building, which contain dozens or hundreds, and many register a flat zero.
“The action of the pounding surf creates negative air ions and we also see it immediately after spring thunderstorms when people report lightened moods,” says ion researcher Michael Terman, PhD, of Columbia University in New York. In fact, Columbia University studies of people with winter and chronic depression show that negative ion generators relieve depression as much as antidepressants. “The best part is that there are relatively no side effects, but we still need to figure out appropriate doses and which people it works best on,” he says.
Generally speaking, negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain; resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness, and more mental energy,” says Pierce J. Howard, PhD, author of The Owners Manual for the Brain: Everyday Applications from Mind Brain Research and director of research at the Center for Applied Cognitive Sciences in Charlotte, N.C. “They also may protect against germs in the air, resulting in decreased irritation due to inhaling various particles that make you sneeze, cough, or have a throat irritation.” And for a whopping one in three of us who are sensitive to their effects, negative ions can make us feel like we are walking on air. You are one of them if you feel instantly refreshed the moment you open a window and breathe in fresh, humid air. “You may be one of them if you feel sleepy when you are around an air-conditioner, but feel immediately refreshed and invigorated when you step outside or roll down the car window,” Howard tells WebMD. “Air conditioning depletes the atmosphere of negative ions, but an ion generator re-releases the ions that air conditioners remove.”
For years researchers have advised consuming more alkaline foods,( i.e. vegetables and some fruits with a higher pH) is beneficial to your health. If you have an acidic pH, (i.e. lower pH) balance of the body, on the other hand, it is likely that you`ll feel weak and susceptible to sickness. What is the cause of Acidosis of the blood? Essentially it comes as a result of the loss of electrons. It can be prevented by an influx of negative electric Ions which contain an abundant amount of electrons needed to improve the body’s immunity and resistance to illnesses. Acidosis of the blood is the reason negative electric Ions products are becoming a more regular part of the consumer’s regimen toward better health.
Metabolism, which is the process of acquiring nutrients from the blood and excreting waste out of the body, is extremely important to the human cells. The more Negatively Charged Electric Ions there are in the blood, the more efficient the cell’s metabolic processes. On the contrary, the more Positively Charged Ions,( i.e. free radicals) there are in the blood, the slower and less efficient the cell’s metabolism. This causes
the body’s cells to become weak and the body will tend to get sick more easily and age faster. It will cause the body`s immune system to completely shut down. The key then is to encourage the production of Negative Electric Ions and the reduction of Positively Charged Ions. Researchers experiment on electric ions and the permeability of the cell membrane. In the experiment, skin was used to exemplify the cell membrane. When positively charged ions were permeated into the surface of the skin, its pores and sweat glands began to contract. However, when Negative Electric Ions were permeated into the surface of the skin, its pores and sweat glands expanded, which demonstrates good metabolism of the cell membranes. This phenomenon is called Prototype Plasma Membranes of Dermal Reflectivity. European scientists also conducted research regarding the influence of ions to the human body.
They proposed the following hypothesis –
Negatively Charged Ions are beneficial to the human body in these major ways;
1. It helps to strengthen the functions of autonomic nerves
2. Reinforces collagen (tissues that are resilient and tension-related
3. Improves the permeability of the cell’s prototype plasma membranes (improves metabolism)
4. Strengthens the body’s immune system.
5. Stimulate the reticulo-endothelial system, a group of defense cells in our bodies that marshal our resistance to disease
6. Act on our capacity to absorb and utilize oxygen. Negative ions in the bloodstream accelerate the delivery of oxygen to our cells and tissues
7. Speed up oxidation of serotonin (5-hydroxtryptamine) in the blood. This is well known to have far reaching effects on mood, pain relief and sexual drive.