Negative Ions from an Air Purifier
What are air ions?
In nature there exists both positively charged ions (posions) and negatively charged ions (negions). These molecules have powerful effects on human biology, both negatively and positively. Although common sense would suggest that positive ions would have a positive effect and negative ions a negative effect, the opposite is true. Negative ions, specifically negatively charged oxygen molecules (different than ozone), have been shown to have beneficial effects on human health.
What is a negative ion? A negative ion is a molecule with a negative charge assigned to it. Negative ions occur commonly throughout nature and can create an overall sense of well-being. Negative ions are found after a rainstorm (falling water creates negative ions) or after a lightning strike. Every home has its own built in negative ionizer - your shower. The smell in the air generated after a rainfall is actually the odor of negatively charged ions in the air.
What are positive ions? Positive ions are positively charged molecules (positively charged carbon dioxide) and are believed to have negative health effects. Studies have shown they can inhibit ciliary motility (the cleaning mechanism in our respiratory tract) increasing risk of infection. Positive ions are found in high concentrations before a storm when it is windy and in areas that have high outdoor air pollution. Sitting in traffic on a busy highway or freeway is a great place to get a dose of positive ions. What can they do to us? They can leave us fatigued, irritable or even depressed.
What Can Air Ionization (Negative Ions) do for you?
- Evidence shows that negative ionizers clean the air of dust, molds, bacteria, soot, pollen and household odors
- Air ionizers have been reported to be helpful to people with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which causes depression by regulating hormone levels.
- Air ionizers clean the air of pollen, therefore being helpful for those with hay-fever and other seasonal allergies.
- Air ionizers have been reported to help relieve tension and help improve sleep.
- Air ionizers help remove the airborne pollutants below. Those with asthma, which is triggered by the following pollutants, may benefit from air ionizers. Pollen, Mold Spores, Animal Dander, Viruses, Bacteria (studies show Negative Ions kill bacteria like Pseudomonas, E. Coli, Staph ),Odors, Second Hand Cigarette Smoke.
- Reported Physiologic Effects of Negative Ions (As reported in "The Effect of Air Ionization, Electric Fields, Atmospherics and other Electrical Phenomena on Man and Animal" by Felix Gad Sulman, MD) include:
- Decreased respiratory rate (indicating a relaxed state)
- Decreased blood pressure ( not a substitute for medical therapy)
- Produces a feeling of well being
- Increased vital capacity
- Decreased skin temperature
- Acceleration of the conversion of succinate to fumerate (increased metabolism - remember Krebbs cycle?)
- Stimulation of cytochrome oxidase activity
- Decreased blood sedimentation rate (ESR- a sign of inflammation and is normally elevated in disease states)
- Increased ciliary activity (allows our body to clear pollution we breathe)
- Increased resistance to infection
- Suggested adjunctive therapy in chronic rhinitis, sinusitis, migraines, insomnia, wound and burn healing, asthma, hayfever, emphysema, bronchitis and more.
Source: Eric Madrid MD, Helium.com
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