Time to get more negative. That’s right, scientist and health professionals alike have promoted the health benefits of breathing negative ions for quite some time. Negative ions occur when a particle produces enough energy to gain an electron. The air is already charged with positive and negative ions, but the “best” air should settle in at a ration of around 1.2 negative ions to 1 positive ion.
As industrialization and urbanization grows humans find themselves in environments with less negative ions than before. This can take a real toll on our health. Negative ions main contribution is they help clear the air of airborne allergens such as bacteria and pollen, but it goes even deeper than that!
Here are some benefits to being around negative ions
Improved attention span
Strengthens immune system
Best ways to get charged up
Take a walk outside, especially near a park or stream
Take a shower, running water is one of the best sources
Go somewhere remote like a state park
Spend some time in the mountains
Open a window
Get a water fountain, live plants or salt lamp
State parks are a wonderful way to enrich your health. Most parks offer a few days a year or even one day a week with free entry. Plus you can check out a parks pass at your local library, so it doesn’t need to cost a penny (although most park fees are modestly priced). An added benefit is being outside in natural is shown to view your body in a more positive way.
Things that block negative ions
Enclosed spaces, especially with many people
Smog, dust or smoke
Electronics such as TV’s (turn off your electronics at night, even the wifi)
Densely populated areas