Don’t go by the name, there is nothing negative or unhealthy about negative ions. Negative Ions are beneficial for the human body while positive ions are harmful. In fact, you will find the highest concentrations of negative ions in natural, clean air. Ions are invisible charged particles in the air – either molecules or atoms, which bear an electric charge. Some particles are positively charged and some are negatively charged. To put it simply, positive ions are molecules that have lost one or more electrons whereas negative ions are actually oxygen atoms with extra-negatively-charged electrons. Negative ions are abundant in nature, especially around waterfalls, on the ocean surf, at the beach and after a storm. They are widespread in mountains and forests.
Negative ions are present in the air we breathe in and they are also present in our bodies. The degree to which negative ions contribute to overall well-being and health is scientifically proven:
- They neutralize free radicals.
- They revitalize cell metabolism.
- They enhance immune function.
- They purify the blood.
- They balance the autonomic nervous system, promoting deep sleep and healthy digestion.
The most important benefit of negative ions is that they clear the air of airborne allergens such as pollen, mold spores, bacteria and viruses. Besides they also clear the air of dust, pet dander and cigarette smoke. Negative ions perform this function by attaching themselves to positively charged particles in large numbers and negatively charging those particles. As a result, these viruses, bacteria and pollen spores become too heavy to remain airborne and are thus prevented from entering your breathing passage where they can make you fall sick. In other words, negative ions form a protective circle around you.
The rich negative ion microclimate created in the salt rooms makes for an restful and rejuvenating experience, a “clarity effect”. They reduce stress, headaches, lethargy, depression and increase energy, mental alertness & overall sense of well-being.
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