The Positive Effects of Negative Ions

Did you know there’s a type of negativity that’s actually good for you?

It’s true. But it’s not found on Facebook or anyplace your neighbor is yelling or posting memes.

The GOOD kind of negativity is called negative ions and they’re found in nature and they might actually help your health.

“Uh, Steve … are you going to start selling us crystals and essential oils?”

Ha! No, it’s not like that – and there is science behind it. Let me explain.

Negative ions are molecules floating in the air that have been charged with electricity … and they’re around you far more often than you realize. Where?

  •   Plants give them off when they grow
  •   They’re in the air where water collides with itself (ocean waves, waterfalls, fountains, even your shower!)
  •   In the electricity discharged in the air after a lightning or thunderstorm
  •   In UV rays from the sun

Over the years, researchers have studied negative ions and, while the evidence isn’t huge and overwhelming, there are several studies that indicate that prolonged exposure to negative ions (several hours) may help ease depression symptoms while shorter durations may help with Seasonal Affective Disorder. In addition, negative ions may help reduce stress and increase your ability to breathe.

That’s why – especially in this time of COVID – getting outside in nature (and bringing a little nature inside your house!) might be more important than ever. Because it’s not just the time we spend outside that helps us mentally or the exercise we get by walking or biking in nature – it’s also the quality of the air itself!

So, this week, do yourself and your health a favor and:

  •   Go for a long walk in the woods
  •   Spend a few hours at the shore (if you’re lucky enough to live near the ocean!)
  •   Sit on your back porch after a storm
  •   Find a plant for your bedroom.

Start putting those negative ions to work for you! Every little bit we can do to stay healthy for ourselves and our loved ones is time well spent. Invest that time.