What are negative ions? And, what is an ion? And how salt lamps emit negative ions?
An ion is simply a charged atom or molecule. It is charged because the number of electrons does not equal the number of protons in the atom or molecule. An atom acquires a positive electric charge or a negative electric charge. And it depends on whether the number of electrons in an atom is greater or less than the number of protons in the atom.
When an atom attracts another atom because it has an unequal number of electrons and protons, the atom is called an ION. If the atom has more electrons than protons, it is a negative ion. And it is a positive ion when it has more protons than electrons.
Positive Ions’ impact
The decay of radioactive minerals, radon gas, forest fires, lightning and ultraviolet rays generate positive ions. Also, the electronic devices like computers, televisions, microwaves, and even vacuum cleaners generate positive ions. And, these positive ions often exacerbate problems like allergies, stress and sleep trouble.
Negative Ions’ impact
Whereas, the natural water evaporation, ocean surf, waterfalls, and ionic minerals generate negative ions. This is one of the reasons people often report feeling renewed or refreshed after a storm or at the beach. Himalayan salt is one of the best minerals that generates negative ions. How?
Negative ions can neutralize positive ions (they bond together) and help cleanse the air.
How negative ions purify the air?
Virtually all particles in the air have a positive charge, while negative ions have a negative charge. In which case, negative ions and particles magnetically attracted to one another. When there is a high enough concentration of negative ions in the air, they will attract to floating particles in large numbers. This causes the particle to become too heavy to remain airborne. As a result, the particle will fall out of the air. And our normal cleaning activities, such as vacuuming or dusting collects these particles.
Benefits of negative ions in the air
Negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain. That results in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness, and more mental energy. They also may protect against germs in the air. That results in decreased irritation due to inhaling various particles that make you sneeze, cough, or have a throat irritation.
You may explore the Himalayan salt lamp benefits in more detail. And, please remember that the Himalayan salt lamps are the only mineral that provides such a vast range of health and decor benefits.
How Salt Lamps emit negative ions?
The unique combination of salt and a light source in salt lamps are what cause the negative ions. Salt is hygroscopic, meaning that it attracts water to its surface. This water evaporates quickly due to the small amount of heat from the light source. This is also why salt lamps tend to sweat and appear wet in humid climates. Finally, in the result of this evaporation process, the salt lamps emit negative ions.
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