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Ionics - Negative Ions - An Overview
Ions are charged particles (either atoms or molecules). They can be positively or negatively charged. Most of the air particles that surround us are positively charged. Places we find refreshing, such as in the mountains, near waterfalls and seashores have high concentrations of negative ions. It is no coincidence that this is where health resorts are traditionally situated. But areas with high levels of positive ions often leave us feeling uncomfortable and irritable.
Our atmosphere is absolutely teeming with ions. Nature was making them even before life began. Indeed scientists believe that ionization, in the form of lightning, was probably instrumental in the formation of ammino acids - the essential components for the beginnings of life!
Negative ions occur naturally, for example at waterfalls, ocean surf, evaporating water and during a thunderstorm. Certain minerals also produce negative ions such as Tourmaline and Germanium. Negative ions can also be produced artificially by simple electrical devices called air ionisers which are generally used to purify the air and for general health benefits. Many alternative health practitioners believe that the positive negative ion balance is disturbed by modern day life. There is a reduction in our exposure to natural occuring negative ions by living in urban concrete environments and with our continued exposure to electronic devices.
As part of a complemenray health view of life, it is believed that exposure to negative ions is said to have a number of health benefits. It is believed that they have general health benefits which may include: neutralizing free radicals, revitalize cell metabolism and enhancing immune function.
In addition, it is also belived that negative ions purify the blood and balance the autonomic nervous system, promoting deep sleep and healthy digestion. Negative ions may also protect the body and mind from the harmful effects of environmental stressors such as electromagnetic fields.