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How a little negativity is good for your health: The power of Negative Ions

Have you ever wondered that when they show commercials of happy couples or happy families, they are usually shot in the wild, mostly near a water fall or in the jungle. My mind goes back to the Lyril advertisement of yesteryear’s. For those born in the 90’s, please look at this picture below. Most of us in the 70’s and 80′ s grew up with this image.

liril-258x300The popular belief was that it was the soap that was making the lady very happy. But last week I realized that the lady was happy because she was in a very rich negative ion zone that is being created by the waterfall. Welcome to the world of negative ions.

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to exchange a few mails with Sam Badar, an entrepreneur and founder of Ionheal. He introduced me to the world of Ion balancing and how it affects our health.


Imagine this. We mostly live in the cities and polluted neighborhoods  These are sources of positive ions. As a matter of fact any Industrial area would be flooded with positive ions. On the other hand forests, Waterfalls and hot springs are areas of high concentration of negative ions.

According to Sam,  Negative ions work at restoring the core of your body’s well being that includes cleansing of the blood, activation of cells, enhancement of the immune system, and adjustment of the autonomic nervous system that benefits the user in many ways. However the most noticeable effects of negative ions are improved sleep, feeling focused and calm, better energy levels and reduced pain symptoms to name a few. And these are also the benefits of the product that Sam produces and it is a band called Ionheal. But one caveat I have to give the readers that I have never used Ionheal and so the rest of the post would explain the benefits from the secondary research perspective.

Now the Ionheal band can be used in various ways. One way is to use that band around drinking water. The water immediately tastes different. Ionized water has the multiple benefit of having Hydroxyl ions which are free radical scavengers. Ionized Water is very detoxifying, which is why people who are very toxic must start drinking Ionized Water very slowly so they do not detoxify too quickly. Ionized Water is sometimes called Re-Structured Water, Reduced Water or Micro Clustered Water because of its small molecular grouping, which allows it to easily enter and cleanse at a cellular level. As it hydrates body tissue, it pushes out all toxins that don’t belong in the body. Athletes for example can give up drinks like Gatorade just by ionizing their water bottles easily with the ionheal band.

So what are the medical benefits of negative ions-  The table below would give us some indication. This table was published in economic daily news. The table shows that  Positive and Negative Ions Affect Our Bodies, so clearly at the cellular as well as systemic level.


Negative Ions Positive Ions
Blood vessels Dilate blood vessels Constrict blood vessels
Blood Pressure Stabilize BP Increase BP
Blood Increase blood alkalinity Increase blood acidity
Bones Strengthen bones Weaken bones
Urinary tract Promote urination;
increase nitrogen in urine
Suppress urination;
decrease nitrogen in urine
Respiratory Stabilize respiration and make breathing easier Accelerate respiration and make breathing more difficult.
Pulse rate Decrease pulse rate Increase pulse rate
Heart Enhance heart function Impair heart function
Fatigue Speed physical recovery Prolong physical recovery
Autonomic Nervous System Calm and relax nerves Tense and strain the nervous system
Growth Promote healthy growth Suppress and delay growth


In addition I found out that there are products called Air Ionizers that have the following benefits

1. Evidence shows that negative ionizers clean the air of dust, molds, bacteria, soot, pollen and household odors

2. Air ionizers have been reported to be helpful to people with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which causes depression, by regulating hormone levels.

3. Air ionizers clean the air of pollen, therefore being helpful for those with hay-fever and other seasonal allergies.

4. Air ionizers have been reported to help relieve tension and help improve sleep. ( I can personally attest to negative ionizers helping one sleep better. As a matter of fact, I used to turn my negative ionizer off before tests in college so I would not oversleep)

5. Air ionizers help remove the airborne pollutants below, therefore those with asthma which is triggered by the below pollutants,

In a study done in Japan the levels of positive and negative ions were as follows


Negative and Positive Ion Levels Measured in Various Locations

Negative Ions Positive Ions
Offices 70 1,400
Industrial Areas 50 300
Shopping Arcades 220 280
Residential Areas 200 180
Forests 2,500 800
Kowakidani Hot Spring 2,500 820
Near Minoh Waterfall 5,000 300

(These measurements were taken in Japan)

In conclusion, there are clear benefits of negative ions. I am yet to use either an air ionizer or the Ionheal band, so I have not experienced the benefits of either. But through my research I found another local source of negative ions, the humble bath room shower which releases Negative ions due to the splashing of water. Good alternative to those who can’t live near water falls or make regular visits to the woods.

If you have any benefits of negative ions or want to share these stories, please do write in to me and I will share them as part of the next post.