How Negative Ions Affect Your Health

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This page explores the research into different atmospheric conditions and their effect on humans. The discoveries include a verifiable change in behavior, mood and health. It has been determined that cations (Positive Ions) really do have a detrimental effect on people.

The effects of ionization in the atmosphere

In 1974, the Swiss Meteorological Institute studied the effects and problems of seasonal winds in the various regions of the earth. Air currents such as the Fohn blowing over Switzerland, the Sirocco in Italy, the Sharav in the Middle East, and the Mistral in southern France were identified as a major cause of both physical and mental health problems. ranging from headaches and depression to even heart attacks.

The nature of the electrical charge with respect to the ions in the air currents in question appeared to be a common factor. A very high concentration of positive ions was identified as the main cause.

Air Currents Affect People and Moods

On the other hand, the investigated air near a waterfall, in the mountains, on the beach, in the forest or after spring rain turned out to contain large amounts of negative ions. By nature we therefore find a strong concentration of negative ions especially in a natural environment.

Further research showed that people react very well to negative ions levels above 1000 ions per cc. The scientific research further concluded that the negatively charged ions have a positive effect on all living organisms. Plants grow faster and healthier, people react with increased alertness but are also more relaxed.

Air quality

In a normal undisturbed natural outdoor air, we meet about 1000 negative ions per cubic centimeter of air. The sunlight in the earth's atmosphere (the ionosphere), the earth's crust radiation and the friction of the wind ensure that negative ions are produced in a natural way. Furthermore, negative ions also have an air-cleaning effect; almost all particles in the air have a positive charge, while negative ions have a negative charge.

Because differently charged parts attract each other, the ions and the particles will attract each other, and will attach to each other. At high negative ion concentration, many ions will unite with dust particles and cluster together. This cluster is too heavy to float in the air. The result of this is that the chunks of particles sink to the bottom and can no longer be inhaled. And therefore can not cause irritation in a respiratory tract.

Suspended particulate matter particles are the carriers for various allergens toxic chemical and pathogens. The negative ions give their charge to the molecule. These new negatively charged molecules again bind to other positively charged molecules from the immediate environment. This agglomeration leads to the already mentioned sinking of the clusters by the weight increases. This process removes harmful substances from the breathing air.

In our current living climate, on the other hand, we find indoors, through concrete floors. strong insulation, electrical appliances, wifi and cell phones often only a low concentration of good (negative) ions and therefore mainly dead air. Workplaces, especially in factories and office buildings, generally have even more harmful air. This is largely due to the steel and concrete construction of commercial buildings. These materials absorb negative ions like a magnet. Recent studies of air quality in office buildings reported an average of 25-50 negative ions per cc.

Ensuring healthy air quality

There are special measuring devices that can measure the quality and quantity of ions. In many buildings where work is carried out and windows cannot be opened, the air is often unhealthy due to higher concentrations of positive ions. The result is that employees can become tired and lethargic and there is more absenteeism due to illness. At schools where the windows remain closed, the same problem arises. Children and teachers can become languid and lazy without being able to do anything about it.

This situation can occur because the air around them is 'spoiled'. Most people are not aware of the ions everywhere around us and what they can do for their health. A bedroom that remains closed at night will soon have a surplus of positive (bad) ions. Open as many windows as possible so that fresh air can enter, because that will bring about a lot of improvement. This is even the case when the air is less clean due to environmental pollution, such as in and around the cities. It is always a good idea to open windows to let negative ions into the house and thus create better living conditions, which will make breathing smoother and healthier.

A good ionizer can often purify the air even better. And provide clean air around you with negative ions. It is of the utmost importance to provide air quality around us with negative ions as much as possible. Fortunately, we have that under our own control. Make sure there is good ventilation. Regularly open the doors and windows so that the negative ions from outside have a chance to replace the positive ions.

Number of Negative Ions Per cm3:

  • At a waterfall 50.000;
  • In the forest from 10.000 to 30.000
  • Outside in the mountains or along the beach 5000;
  • City edge, meadow, field: 700-1.500
  • Park in town: 400-600
  • In a bedroom with the window open 800;
  • Around An Airport 700;
  • City air big city 500;
  • Air with a lot of smog 300;
  • Office in the city 150;
  • Sick building office (sick building syndrom) 50;
  • Modern gated flat 50;
  • Closed house and bedroom 50;
  • Closed classroom 0-50;
  • Internal space without window 0.

Physical & mental reactions per number of negative ions cm3:

  1. At 1500 reduction of bronchial problems
  2. At 1000 improvement mood, more energy
  3. At 150-300 irritated mucous membranes, respiratory complaints
  4. At not more than 50 negative ions per cm3 colds, flu-like sensation, blocked nose, irritated eyes and fatigue
  5. In case of 0 restlessness in children and adults, anxiety.

Positive ions

Positive ions (cations) have a degrading effect on the environment and our health, they make the air unusable and deadly. Positive ions are free radicals that are harmful to our health and are the cause of oxidative stress (which causes significant damage to cell structures and DNA). The surplus of positive ions in the atmosphere contributes to many health problems and welfare diseases. An average indoor climate has a negative ion content of about 100 negative ions per cc. Unfortunately, most of the elements in our modern environments act as a vacuum cleaner for negative ions. They cause serious depletion of the negative ions. Think about this:

  • Indoor by; fluorescent lighting, air conditioning, wifi, mobile phone, heating, computers, monitors, static electricity etc. (electronic smog)
  • Clothing made of synthetic fibers, but also furniture in the home
  • Smoking, exhaust fumes and breathing
  • Unnatural building by means of concrete and other (harmful) building materials
  • Industry, air pollution (C02 emissions), volcanic eruptions etc
  • Gas molecules and smoke particles as a result of combustion
  • Heat and humidity
  • Recirculation of air in buildings

Seasonal winds

If you are under the influence of an environment loaded with predominantly positive ions for a long time, it has a bad influence on the immune system. The result is that the free radicals to which we are exposed are no longer optimally broken down. This has a bad influence on the healthy body cells and tissues and accelerates the aging process. Positive ions therefore spoil the air and are pathogenic for all living things. The first symptoms of the negative impact that the abundant influence of positive ions have on our health are complaints such as fatigue. lethargy and respiratory problems.

Negative ions

Negative ions (anions), on the other hand, are seen as the vitamins of the air because they vitalize the air. Negative ions make the air healthy and liveable and have a beneficial effect on everything that lives. Negative ions are becoming increasingly rare because the conditions under which negative ions are created by human activities are severely restricted. In our atmosphere an average of 1500 to 4000 ions can be measured per square centimeter (cm3).

The earth itself has a negative charge, causing negative ions to be repelled. This repulsion creates a certain balance between negative and positive ions in a ratio of 10 to 12, respectively. The advancing urban development creates a greater imbalance. So there are more positive ions than negative ions in our average living environment.

The effect of negative ions on the body

The key is then to stimulate the production of negative electrical ions and reduce positively charged ions. Researchers are experimenting on electrical ions and cell membrane permeability. In the experiment was used to illustrate the skin cell membrane. When positively charged ions were penetrated into the surface of the skin, the pores and sweat glands began to shrink.

When negative electrical ions were permeated into the surface of the skin, the pores and sweat glands expanded, demonstrating good metabolism of the cell membranes. This phenomenon is called Prototype Plasma Membrane of Dermal Reflection. European scientists also research the influence of ions on the human body. They proposed the following hypothesis negatively charged ions are beneficial to the human body in different ways;

  • They help to strengthen the functions of autonomic nervous system
  • Reinforced collagen (tissues that are resilient and stress-related)
  • Improves the permeability of the callus prototype plasma membranes (improves metabolism)
  • They strengthen the body's immune system so that diseases can be prevented
  • Inhalation allergies can diminish or even disappear
  • Anxiety, depression and other mental problems can diminish or disappear

The amount of negative ions and their effect on humans:

  • Up to 50 ions/cc: cause physiological disturbances
  • 1.000-2.000 ions/cc: minimum needed for a healthy environment
  • 5,000-50,000 ions/cc: improves the body's own defense and resistance
  • 50.000-100.000 Ions/cc: kills bacteria and reduces infection hot spots
  • 100,000-500,000 ions/cc: promotes the body's healing process

A good living environment provided with enough negative ions is very important for the functioning of the electrons inside and outside the body cells, it has great influence on the health of the human body. Dead air makes us tired and lethargic. And if you are listless, there is no place for passion, work. Most people do not realize enough how important the air around us is for our health and how positive ions can negatively influence our lives. When positive or negative ions are formed in a certain process one speaks of ionization.

When the amount of negative electrical ions in 1cc of inhaled air reaches a level of 5,000 to 50,000, the body's resistance and immunity is strengthened; and when the amount of negative electrical ions in 1cc of air reaches a level of 100,000 to 500,000, it helps cure disease. Thus, negatively charged electrical ions in our body are essential for maintaining and improving our health. Negative electrical ions are 85% absorbed by our skin and only 15% are inhaled and absorbed through our lungs.

Fresh Air Ions