Benefits of Ion Bracelets
What Are Negative Ions?
In nature, there are positively charged ions and negatively charged ions. These molecules have powerful effects on human biology, but depending on which kind, the effects can be highly negative or highly positive. Negative ions, specifically negatively-charged oxygen molecules (different than ozone), have been shown to have beneficial effects on human health. Negative ions are odourless, tasteless, and invisible molecules that we inhale in certain environments – particularly humid ones like rainforests, near waterfalls, beaches and after a rainfall. Positive ions are found in high concentrations in areas with high outdoor air pollution (like cities). Sitting in traffic is a great way to get a large dose of positive ions. Studies have shown positive ions can inhibit ciliary motility (the cleaning mechanism in our respiratory tract), increasing the risk of infection. They can typically leave us fatigued, irritable or even depressed.
Why are Negative Ions Beneficial?
Once they reach our bloodstream, negative ions are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of serotonin – helping boost mood, relieve stress, and increase waking energy. In fact, Columbia University studies of people with winter and chronic depression show that supplementing negative ions relieves depression as much as antidepressants. According to Pierce J. Howard, PhD, Director of Research at the Center for Applied Cognitive Sciences in Charlotte, N.C., negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain – resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness, and more mental energy. "They also may protect against germs in the air, resulting in decreased irritation due to inhaling various particles that make you sneeze, cough, or have a throat irritation."
How do Ion Bracelets Work?
Negative ion bracelets work by combining metals such as steel, copper and gold in a way that produces negative ions around your body. The exact materials used and in what proportions is a trade secret, but the effects of these negative ions are not secret. Many users report several health benefits from negative ion bracelets.
Historic Uses of Ionization Therapy and Ion Bracelets
It’s believed by some that negative ion bracelets balance your electromagnetic currents when you wear them. Changing electromagnetic currents in the body or immediate surroundings has, for hundreds of years, been part of several Asian religious or spiritual traditions believed to facilitate healing. Acupuncture is designed to alter energy currents or "chi" in the body. Being in close contact with energy-charged magnets, metals or crystals is also linked to several alternative-healing practices. Indian yogi Paramahansa Yogananda promoted meditation on a wool blanket so as to be less affected by the Earth's electromagnetic fields. Yogananda also promoted the use of a bracelet containing gold, silver and copper for balancing the body's currents.