Negative ions are oxygen atoms charged with an extra electron. They are created in nature by the effects of water, air, sunlight and the Earth’s inherent radiation.
Negatively charged ions are most prevalent in natural places and particularly around moving water or after a thunderstorm. That taste in the air and feeling you get at the beach, near a waterfall or after a storm is your body being saturated in the benefits of negative ions.
Negative ions clear the air of mold spores, pollen, pet dander, odors, cigarette smoke, bacteria, viruses, dust and other hazardous airborne particles. They do this by attaching to these positively charged particles in large numbers. This makes the germs, mold, pollen and other allergens too heavy to stay airborne. Lighter elements like oxygen and carbon that we breathe are largely unaffected from the ionizing effects, whereas these heavier impurities are crashed tackled to the ground. At this point they drop to the floor or attach to a nearby surface. This removes them from the air you breathe and prevents them from causing respiratory problems and other health issues. Negative Ions bomb polluting particles sending them spiralling towards the ground just like enemy planes. Leaving you with clear airways and nasal passages.
Unfortunately, our homes and workplaces are usually sealed off from the natural benefits of negative ions. Even if you do keep your windows open, aside from all the air pollution, if you live in a busy town or city then the concentration of negative ions in the air may only be a tenth of that found in country environments. Add to that, positive ion producing air conditioning, electrical equipment like televisions and clothes dryers, and even carpet and upholstery, and our homes have become what has been described as ‘positive ion prisons’. You can just imagine a young man among the dust and smog of the industrial revolution in London dreaming of the freedom of a life at sea.. Could it be that without knowing it he was in fact dreaming of cleaner air and robust health?