We have all heard about the ions, and they are electric charge – positive and negative. We learn about them in school, but few of us seem to think about what their function is for us, the living nature, the plants and the animals.
Undoubtedly, we feel good when we are in the nature – in wooded and mountainous areas, near rivers, lakes, waterfalls. Even when we go to a village for a couple of days, we immediately feel the huge difference. We also feel the difference in air just before a storm (heavy, dense, difficult to breathe) and immediately after it (pleasant, light, refreshed, refreshing, aromatic). Many people do not even need a meteorological prognosis because they know when it will rain, when it will be cold, when the weather is going to be unpleasant.
This is no accident at all. It is due to a number of factors. Some of the most important are related to the saturation of the atmosphere and the air with ions.
What is Ion?
Ion is an atom or molecule in which the total number of electrons is not equal to the total number of protons, giving the atom a positive or negative electrical charge. There are both positive and negative ions in the air, with positive ions usually carbon dioxide molecules that have lost one electron, while the negative – the oxygen molecule that has acquired an electron. Negative ions in the air attract particles of pollution, giving them a negative charge, as they are already heading to the ground. Mold, bacteria and allergens often carry a positive charge, and they can also be neutralized by negative ions. Obviously, it is desirable to be surrounded by negative ions as a natural way to protect our health.
The ions can not be produced without a source of energy – heat or flame, radioactivity, friction, evaporation, etc. They are the result of high-energy processes such as open flame or incandescent objects. When the water evaporates, negative ions are produced in the air, and as a result, the positive charges remain in the water that has not yet evaporated.
Nature is constantly creating negative ions to combat air pollution. That’s why the air is so refreshing after a storm – lightning produces a high concentration of negative ions that cleanse the air and make it so refreshing. Water from the waterfall also produces negative ions. The vast amount of negative ions in the clean air on the seashore is due to the constant flow of water at tides. Places like waterfalls and beaches where negative ions are naturally produced may have a negative ion concentration of up to 10,000 negative ions per cubic centimetre, while in busy cities this concentration reaches 100 ions per cubic centimetre.
Generally speaking, negative ions increase the oxygen flow to the brain, resulting in increased alertness, reduced sleepiness and increased energy. They can also protect us from microbes in the air, reducing irritation as a result of inhalation of different particles, which Make us sneeze, cough or cause inflammation of the throat. For the incredible one in three that are sensitive to the above, negative Himalayan salt ions can create a sense of fresh air during the morning walk, the refreshing moment in which we open the window and breathe in a cleaner, wetter air.
A number of long research and experiments have shown that the human body and living organisms in general (animals, plants, etc.) react in a certain way when they come under the influence of these charged particles. Positively charged ions do not affect us well – have a catabolic effect, causing fatigue and in the long term and a number of diseases. The negatively charged, have an anabolic effect, help the body to relax and feel better, promoting our health.
Positively charged ions are inherent to dirty air, and negative ions – to clean, fresh air, filtered and enriched by natural processes in nature.
Negatively charged ions are so important and useful to organisms because:
- They take care of the good condition of the immune system
- Increase micro-circulation and metabolic processes
- They are actively involved in natural processes of detoxification at cellular level
- Balance the natural bio-energy that flows in our body and loads us with positive energy and tone
- Accelerate recovery processes and increase working efficiency, especially important in the workplace
- They alleviate chronic headaches and relieve the symptoms of asthma, allergies, respiratory problems, flu, cold, sinusitis, pulmonary diseases, Bronchitis, migraine, chronic fatigue, insomnia, etc.
- They restore neutral acid-alkali balance, which helps the blocked energy to be released and the body to function optimally. Improve sleep quality, improve reflexes and speed
- Improves brain function – better concentration and longer memory
- Stimulate the adrenal glands to secrete cortisone that protects against various diseases and fights fatigue;
- They provide red blood cells with a sufficient amount of bio-energy
- They act favourably and stimulate the creative potential
- Enliven the spirit and energize the basic bio-puncture
- They reduce and neutralize the dangerous effects of stress, depressive and anxious states – anxiety, neurosis, etc .
- Improves the negative electrical potential of the cells that takes care of the optimal absorption of nutrients and the disposal of harmful products
Unfortunately, the predominantly urban and highly industrialized lifestyle, seriously severing us from the places where the air has the highest concentration of negatively charged ions.
Concentration of negative ions (I/cm3 air) in different environments
- housing and offices in urban areas – 50-100
- homes and offices with air conditioning – up to 40
- street – 100-500
- highly loaded roads – below 100
- villages – 2,000-4,000
- mountains and resorts- 5,000-10,000
- near waterfalls – 10 000-50 000
- after storm – 50,000-100,000
That being said, you do not know what you miss if you never had a salt lamp. It’s like having an open window – a light glowing natural source of fresh air. And it sits on your desk, in the living room, next to the bed or anywhere you choose to place it.