What are Ions?
Ions are invisible particles, either molecules or atoms, which bear an electric charge. Atoms, for instance, consist of an atomic nucleus that contains neutral neutrons and positively charged protons, as well as orbiting electrons that are negatively charged. When an atom is in a neutral condition, the number of protons (+) and electrons (-) is equal. When the number of protons and electrons is not the same, the particle becomes an ion that is either positively or negatively charged.
What are Negative Ions?
Negative Ion (Anion): an atom (or molecule) that has gained one or more extra negatively charged electrons. Negative ions are naturally generated by evaporating water, ocean surf, waterfalls and ionic minerals such as Tourmaline.
Where are Negative Ions found?
Negative ions tend to be at their most abundant in nature and will always outweigh positive ions in the great outdoors. For example, the sea, rivers, waterfalls and thunderstorms all create ions that are negatively charged.
Waterfalls and electrical storms are by far and away the most prolific producers of negative ions in the natural world, but in all honesty do you have enough time in your day to go lying under waterfalls or chasing thunderstorms across the countryside just to soak up negative ions?
Why are they beneficial?
When we are exposed to negative ions we experience an increase in brain activity, which translates to a higher level of awareness and studies have suggested they will actually produce a calming effect in 95% of the population.
Exposure to them has been seen to provide relief from hay fever, migraine and post-operative pains and, in certain tests, infection has been reduced and the healing process markedly accelerated.
Negatively charged ions in your body are essential in sustaining your health and well-being and help to increase the flow of oxygen in your blood; resulting in a higher level of mental and physical energy and, in all likelihood, an improvement in your overall performance.
To put it bluntly, negative ions can help to provide you with the perfect foundation for a higher quality training session and a sustained assault on your personal best times – and they are not a banned substance or an illegal training aid!
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