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Negative Ions

Negative Ions

Accentuate the negative!

Ions are molecules that have gained or lost their electrical charge (an electron). The molecule losing an electrical charge is called a positive ion, and the molecule gaining an electrical charge is called a negative ion. Negative ions are created in nature as air molecules break apart due to natural effects like sunlight, crashing surf or waterfalls. They are also generated by the movement of air, such as an icy breeze or lightning storm.

Negative Ions serve a useful purpose by filtering the air of dust, pollen, smoke and pollutants. Have you ever noticed that the air has the spark of freshness to it after a lightning storm? That’s because the air is overwhelmed with negative ions. The feeling you get when at the beach or standing at the foot of a forest waterfall is due to the invigorating power of oxygen with a higher content of negative ions.

Humans need to consume an estimated 10 cubic meters of fresh air daily for the body to function at its peak. With every inhalation the body takes over and starts to do its job of dispersing the oxygen component to the vital organs and systems. For more than 60 years scientists have been studying the effects of inhaling negative ions to provide positive health benefits. Negative ions accelerate the oxidative degradation of serotonin, and produce a calming effect and an increase in defence against infection. Positive ions have the opposite effect, quite often inducing a feeling of tiredness.

An excess of positive ions led to overproduction of serotonin, which creates hyperactivity, leading to exhaustion, anxiety and depression. It is widely accepted that the absence of negative ions in the human environment has an adverse effect on that environment’s living organisms.

Compare the levels of negative ions in the natural environment to those in the human environment.

Base of waterfall




Mountain air




Countryside air





Through a recent Japanese technological breakthrough, negative ion therapy is now widely recognized in Japan and Korea as an important component for total wellness.

Enerjii’s products either have negative ion ceramic inserts or negative ion infused silicone that produces 800– 1,000 negative ions per cubic centimetre. The combine effect of negative ion infused into a Sportii necklace or bracelet can go up to 1800 negative ions per cubic centimetre – like standing in front of a waterfall! Of these it is estimated that 80% of these ions are absorbed through the skin and 20% by inhalation as the ions are released into the atmosphere.