Have you ever thought why we feel so good walking in the woods, on a beach or near a river, breathing the fresh air in the mountains, or just breathing the fresh after rain air?
Well, let’s see what it’s all about.
The air around us is filled with electrically charged particles. Positively or negatively charged, they are called ions. Both positive and negative ions occur naturally in the air. However, the environment we live in today has far more sources of positive ions than in the past, creating an electrical imbalance in the air and our bodies. They are also called free radicals.
“Free radicals are highly reactive, imbalanced molecules that are the byproducts of normal metabolism and are associated with the degenerative aging process. Free radicals steal electrons from healthy cells to neutralize their own charge, causing cellular damage.
Free radicals (positive ions – active forms of oxygen) can be produced by:
- discharge of voltage in high-voltage networks,
- heating and cooling systems,
- TVs, radios, transmitters, radar systems, computers,
- exhausts and cigarette fumes, smog
- radiation and harmful chemicals and toxins
They can damage cells and are believed to be the reason for the deterioration of our physical and emotional well being heaving a role in the aging process and cancer.
We need lots of electrons to neutralize free radicals, and every enzyme reaction in the human body uses negative ionized hydrogen which has a free electron – read more about this on the properties of water page
The breaking of the surface tension of water, by waves, falls or evaporation releases negative hydrogen ions in the atmosphere. By their ability to stick to different free radicals, they are very beneficial for our health.
Negative ions of Hydrogen are more concentrated in fresh air. They can be produced by lightning, ocean surf and waterfalls or plants
Scientific tests have revealed that the ratio of negative to positive ions should be between 1.02 to 0.98 and the air’s composition of negative ions should range between 1000-1500/cm3.
Dr. Albert P. Krueger, a microbiologist and experimental pathologist at the University of California, found that an astonishing small quantity of negative ions could kill bacteria and quickly take them out of the air so they were less likely to infect people.
“At the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate Hospital and at Northeastern and Frankford hospitals in Philadelphia, Dr. Kornblueh and his associates have administered negative-ion treatments to hundreds of patients suffering from hay fever or bronchial asthma.
Of the total, 63 percent have experienced partial to total relief. “They come in sneezing, eyes watering, noses itching, worn out from lack of sleep, so miserable they can hardly walk,” one doctor told me. “Fifteen minutes in front of the negative-ion machine and they feel so much better they don’t want to leave.”
Negative ions can treat depression
Depression is the nation’s most prevalent mental health problem, affecting about 15 million Americans who spend about $3 billion a year on drugs to battle it. Almost all of these medicines target either serotonin or norepinephrine, brain chemicals which are neurotransmitters.
Low Serotonin levels are believed to be the reason for many cases of mild to moderate depression which can lead to symptoms like anxiety, apathy, fear, feelings of worthlessness, insomnia and fatigue.
Ionized air (rich in negative hydrogen ions) originally was found to speed recovery of asthma patients. Later it was discovered to: affect serotonin levels in the bloodstream.
Measurements have shown that the number of negative ions in a closed room containing several people, decreases to 200/cm3 from 1000-1500/cm3 the normal level …
Ionized air also substantially reduces the number of airborne bacteria indoors.
Sick building syndrome is more common today than it was 20 years ago. Most homes and offices are built air tight and when the heating or air conditioner is running, this causes friction which depletes the negative ions.
Consequently, only the positive ions are left to recirculate throughout the buildings and homes, then people wonder why they suffer from headaches, poor concentration, allergies, and depression
Natural negative ions can have many health benefits, like:
- enhance the immune system
- increase alertness
- increase work productivity and concentration
- reduce susceptibility to colds and flu
- relief from sinus, migraine headaches, allergies and hay fever
- reduce the severity of asthma attacks
- increase lung capacity
- stabilize alpha rhythms (a pattern of smooth, regular electrical oscillations in the human brain. These normally occur when a person is awake and relaxed. The machine used to record these waves is called an electroencephalograph , or EEG . Alpha Rhythms have a frequency of 8 to 13 hertz. Also called alpha wave)
It has been discovered that the dispersion of water from waterfalls, water waves, or water evaporation from plants, create thousands of hydrogen ions by splitting water molecules. The negative electrons join up with other free positive electrons in the air neutralizing their electrical charge.
Do you feel tired or depressed? Here are some tips on how negative ions may help you cure depression and fatigue syndrome:
- Don’t live or work in a space with no fresh air unless the air conditioning system contains an ion generator.
- Take frequent breaks in fresh air, when you cannot open the window!
- Place an indoor waterfall or a salt lamp in your office or home.
- Enroll to a water exercise program or just go to the closest swimming pool.
- Go for a weekend vacation: Weekend Travel Packages
- Take a relaxing spa vacation or a cruise vacation
In 1984, a study was published in the “Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology” named, “Negative Air Ionization Improves Memory and Attention in Learning-Disabled and Mentally Retarded Children.” The effectiveness of negative ions on mental performance was tested by researching the power of negative ions to improve the cognitive abilities of mentally handicapped children, as well as the abilities of normal children.
When water is sprayed, waves of hydrogen negative ions are released, purifying the air around us, killing bacteria, and increasing our energy level, especially in the presence of the sun. Let children play outside as much as possible to benefit from the proximity of water and sun.