Negative ions promote "...higher alertness, decreased drowsiness, and more mental energy," according to Pierce J. Howard, PhD and director of research at the Center for Applied Cognitive Sciences in Charlotte, N.C.
Positive ions are released into the atmosphere by air conditioners, televisions, computers, and other electronic devices or sources of particulate pollution. Positive ions generated by hot winds and other weather conditions have been studied and found to correlate with blood serotonin changes in weather sensitive patients.
These positively charged ions are potentially responsible for a variety of symptoms including headaches, fatigue, nausea, and dizziness. Electronic devices and air pollution deplete the air of negative ions. Where do you spend most of your day?
While commercially sold negative ionizers produce lower levels than what was used in these studies, they may help some people.
The ionic foot bath systems we use here at Balanced Bodywork are considered high-output negative ion generators.
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In one study, when SAD patients were exposed to high levels of negative ions for 30 minutes, their depression eased after just a few weeks.
Seasonal affective disorder researcher Michael Terman, PhD, at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York is excited about the latest research discovery that high-density negative ions help people with seasonal affective disorder. While the research doesn't explain exactly how ion therapy works, Terman says, "We're now convinced that it's real."
A study by Toyota found that negative ions can improve fatigue and cognition of drivers.
Studies even suggest that negative ions may even amplify the effects of the sauna therapy. As a matter of fact, the Infrared Sauna a here at Balanced Bodywork also has a built in negative ion generator.
The technology of the ionic detoxification and the therapeutic use of negative ions has been in development for several decades. The induction of negative ion charges during the ionic foot bath is based on a process called “iontophoresis”, approved by the FDA as a healing modality in 1970.