Thursday, December 29, 2011

What’s an ion?

What’s an ion?
Ions are nothing more than atoms that have an electrical charge, either positive or negative. Atoms are always losing and picking up electrons – sub-atomic (smaller than an atom) bits that whirl around the core of  an atom, which is  called the nucleus.
This is an atom. The red sphere in the center is the nucleus. The bits whirling around the nucleus are called electrons.This is a molecule made up of several, different types of atoms represented by the different colored spheres.
Ions become electrically charged – either positive or negative – when they lose or pick up an electron. Gain an electron and they become anion. Lose an electron and they become an cation. Confused? Well don’t be. Just remember that ions can carry a positive or negative electrical charge.
Negative ions are created all of the time in nature. When a bolt of lighting slices through the air, it creates negative ions. So does a waterfall. As the water mists in falling, it loses an electron, creating that fresh, ozone smell.
Even waves at the beach can create negative ions. As each wave crashes against the shore, electrons are lost in the process. So, there’s nothing unusual about negative ions. They’re simply electrically charged particles floating through the air.
Now, negative ions may not be unusual, but negative ion clothing is. Numerous studies have shown that negative ions have a positive effect on good health and even aging.
  • Under stringent test conditions, negative ions have shown that they deliver health benefits regardless of age.
  • All living things require negative ions to survive.
  • Oxygen, necessary for human life, carries a negative charge.
  • Test subjects exposed to negative ions showed higher levels of focus and serenity.
  • People with severe, chronic pain report that negative ion therapy relaxes the body and mind, enabling test subjects to better cope with their pain.
  • It’s believed that negative ions extract from the environment certain bacteria that cause colds, flu and lung infection.
  • Negatively charged air is refreshing. (Remember how you feel at the shore or at the foot of a waterfall? That’s because you’re breathing in high concentrations of negative ions.)
  • Other benefits to health include: improved blood circulation, lowered blood pressure levels, improved sleep, joint pain relief and lessened recovery times from injury.
The tests are there. The effects documented.

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