The facts behind grounding….
When it comes to the science of positive and negative charge, according to many scientists, grounding is one of those fads which use correct science to support an irrational idea.
What is true ….
The Earth itself is negatively charged, with an abundance of free electrons floating through the ground.
The atmosphere is positively charged, due to ionization by the sun’s rays.
You cannot protect yourself from the Earth’s electrical field: it’s flowing through the air you breathe.
How positive and negative ions influence us
There is good evidence that a temporary build-up of positive ions in the local atmosphere will lead to health problems. In nature, this is usually caused by the weather, for example a thunderstorm or extremely hot weather.
For instance, small children and animals can become skittish when there’s a storm brewing. It has been also noted that crime may go up during a heat wave. Sudden changes in atmospheric ionization, such as stormy weather, are linked to increased mortality rates and may influence mood.
There is plenty of evidence that negative ions are beneficial to health – exposure to a concentrated source of negative ions has been proven to treat seasonal depression (SAD), and linked tentatively to other health benefits such as improved blood flow.
Columbia University conducted a study of 25 people with Seasonal Affective Depression (SAD). The patients sat in front of a negative ion air purifier for half an hour every morning for a month. Half of the patients were given a low level of negative ions, while the other half were given a high level. The results of the study showed that a high level negative ion treatment is as effective against SAD as antidepressants such as Prozac and Zolof, minus the side effects of the said drugs.
Generally speaking, negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain; resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness, and more mental energy,» says Pierce J. Howard, PhD, author of The Owner’s Manual for the Brain: Everyday Applications from Mind Brain Research and director of research at the Center for Applied Cognitive Sciences in Charlotte, N.C.
Research shows that negative ions, which can be generated by lightning, ocean surf, waterfalls, forests, rivers, lakes and mountains among other sources, can improve health. According to ion researcher Michael Terman of Columbia University, «The action of pounding surfs creates negative air ions and we also see it immediately after spring thunderstorms when people report lightened moods.»
Aside from treating depression, research also shows that exposure to negative ions increases alertness and relaxes people who are in severe pain. Negative ions also destroy and extract from their air certain types of bacteria that cause colds, influenza and other respiratory infections. A high concentration of negative ions in the air is also said to make the air refreshing to breathe. This explains why the air in the mountains, near waterfalls and seashores, where there is a high concentration of negative ions, is refreshing. Negative ions are said to be anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral.
«Remember that feeling you’ve experienced near a waterfall or high in the mountains? Those are two places that thousands of negative ions occur. They create an effect on human biochemistry.» «The normal Ion count in fresh country air is 2,000 to 4,000 negative Ions per cubic centimeter (about the size of a sugar cube). At Yosemite Falls, you’ll experience over 100,000 negative Ions per cubic centimeter. Giving you that refreshed, revitalized feeling.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qn_YnLudgg (the science of grounding)
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