Create a Healthy Home with Negative Ions
Negative ions may only form a small part of the air that we breathe daily, but they play an essential role. When negative ions reach our bloodstream, they produce a biochemical reaction that increases levels of the chemical serotonin and this increase in serotonin helps us to feel better and relieve depression, anxiety and stress.
A plentiful supply of negative ions not only make us feel better, but also stimulate and energise us. Whilst the lack of negative ions can leave us feeling tired and drained. Negative ions also destroy airborne bacteria and mould spores within our homes.
Positive Ions and How They Affect Your Health
Positive ions are produced by electrical appliances such as TVs, computers, microwaves, hairdryers and refrigerators. When the amount of positive ions builds up in your home, and you start to feel fatigued to counteract this go for a nice walk in the countryside or beside the sea and when you’re at home, open windows to let negative ions enter and take a break from electrical appliances.
Keep Your Home Ventilated
Open windows to allow negative ions to enter, this will invigorate your home especially if you have a vibrant garden or live nearby the sea or woodland area because negative ions are plentiful in natural spaces.
By keeping a comfortable indoor humidity, you will also eliminate mould, dampness and odours.
Invest in Houseplants
Plants absorb noise as well as positive ions emitted from computers and other electrical equipment. Plants will help to keep the air fresh and make the environment feel naturally supportive.
Also, plants emit moisture and can help to counteract dryness in the atmosphere. By bringing more plants inside, we can all breathe more easily and some houseplants produce negative ions that purify the air. Additionally, plants remove toxins and VOCs, such as formaldehyde and benzene.
Top Six House-plants that Remove Indoor Pollutants
- Areca Palm
- Lady Palm
- Bamboo Palm
- Rubber Plant
- Janet Craig
- Peace Lily
For more information on how plants eliminate toxins in the home. Refer to our article “Top six plants that purify the air”
Waterfalls, springs and the sea can contain up to 10,000 negative ions, per cubic centimetre, take a walk by a spring or sit beside the sea and replenish yourself with negative ions. For a quick fix, take a shower as they produce a vast amount of negative ions, and this is why we feel so energised after taking a long hot shower.
Take a stroll in the park, eat your lunch outside, and breathe in the beautiful negative ion rich air. You will return to work, or you’re daily activities replenished. An air-conditioned office has only 50 negative ions per cubic centimetre of air. In comparison, the countryside has 1,000 negative ions per cubic centimetre.
Use environmentally friendly cleaning products. Because, environmentally friendly cleaning products do not use toxic VOC emitting chemicals, which are detrimental to both air quality and the environment.
Always check labels to make sure manufacturers are not making inaccurate claims about environmental quality. Regular cleaning of the home will help to reduce dust mites, pollens, pet dander and other allergy-causing contaminate.
Avoid air fresheners as they contain phthalates and volatile organic compounds. In addition, they contribute to poor indoor air quality. Also, they aggravate allergy and asthma and prolonged use can cause adverse health effects.
Himalayan Salt Lamps
Himalayan salt lamps remove positive ions and release negative ions into the air, reduce electromagnetic smog, ease asthma and allergy symptoms and promote sleep.
Air Purifier with Negative Ion Generator
It is not always practical to replenish the air by just opening a window because some towns and cities have such polluted outdoor air. So, in this instance, you can use an air purifier choose one that has a negative ion generator as they bind and neutralises airborne pollutants for a cleaner environment.
Take a Break from your Mobile Devices
Mobile devices and electrical equipment create an electromagnetic smog which depletes the air of negative ions. When we go to sleep, it is essential to minimise the impact that these devices have on our wellbeing, and we can do this by not using mobile phones or electronic devices before bed, keeping electrical equipment away from the bed and turning appliances off at the plug.
Avoid Synthetic Materials
Synthetic materials found in soft furnishings, curtains and carpet contribute to an unhealthy indoor environment.
Because synthetic materials generate large volumes of positive ions which generate static electricity. Therefore depleting the air of negative ions.
Choose furnishings made from natural materials such as cotton, bamboo, linen and wool