An abundance of this item creates a sense of well being and a
lack of it can make us feel lethargic, depressed or moody. What
are we talking about? Negative ions! You cannot see it, smell it
or touch it but its effect on us is very real.
An abundance of negative ions is found in nature. You’ll find
plenty of it at the beach where the waves are lapping on the
shore, or the fresh mountain breeze and the cabin in the forest.
If you have ever stood at the base of a waterfall it is not just
the spectacular view that makes you feel so good. It is the
abundance of negative ions that surround you that can give you
that sensation. (No wonder is called the honeymoon
According to Pierce J Howard PhD, and author of “The Owners
Manual for the Brain: Everyday Applications from Mind Brain
Research”, says that negative ions increase the mood chemical
Serotonin and that it also increases the blood flow of oxygen to
the brain there by making you feel alert, a decrease in
drowsiness and a sense of well being.
If you live in the city, especially a big city with tall
buildings, the amount of negative ions decreases little to none.
On top of that, many of us sit in front of our computers or TVs
which produce positive ions. Too many positive ions make us feel
tired, draggy and depressed. How many times in a day do you have
to get away from your computer so you don’t go somewhat comatose
and then going out to lunch revives you?
It’s not just the TVs and computers that can make us feel
awful, but the air conditioning system in the office, home,
stores etc produce massive amounts of positive ions. This is
also a reason why people traveling by airplane arrive so
exhausted. They have been swamped for hours by positive ions.
The air gets stale and stuffy and we just want to get out of
Studies done by Dr. Albert P. Krueger and Dr. Richard F. Smith
at the made this discovery. The
bronchial tubes and trachea are lined with tiny filaments called
cilia which in normal conditions move back and forth in a whip
like motion of about 900 beats a minute. Together with mucus,
this keeps our air passages clear of dust and pollen. When they
exposed the trachea to negative ions, it increased the amount of
mucus and increased the cilia movement to 1200 beats a minute.
Exposing the trachea to positive ions decreased the cilia
movement to 600.
I’ve read numerous studies where they put groups of people in a
room to do regular tasks, one with an ion generator in it and
one without. They all had similar results of the room that used
the ion generator producing negative ions were happier and up to
25% more productive. But there was one study that caught my eye
where they had 2 groups that were told they had an ion generator
in their rooms. Unbeknownst to them, only one room actually had
theirs turned on. They had the same results of the room with the
ion generator being happier and more alert. The other room did
not do so well.
It is no wonder then that we flock to vacation destinations
like beaches or ski resorts. You may think that you feel better
because you are away from the stresses of work, and that is
valid, but your body is already rejuvenated because of the
negative ions. Just get more of it and see if you don’t notice
the difference. Open your windows and let the fresh air in, go
to the beach or enjoy the air after a storm. Storms produce
enormous amounts of negative ions. You can even simulate a water
fall by turning on your shower every morning. This is why you
wake up and feel so much better and ready for the day. Get out
of the cement boxes of the city and walk in the park. Do this
for yourself and see if you don’t feel better.
I hope this helps!