What is an Ion?

Ion

Inside every proton is an atomic center that contains an electron. Protons contain positive and negative charges. These charges help keep atoms of elements neutral.

The number of neutrons, protons, and electrons is what differs the numerous types of atoms. No matter how an atom is arranged; they all have the same set of principles.

They all have neutrons and protons in their atomic center. Then they have electrons located in orbitals at energy levels. Electrons will always occupy the lowest energy level that is possible.

An ion occurs when an atom — or group of atoms — carry a negative or positive electric charge as a result of having gained or lost one or more electrons. They can also be created by a charged subatomic particle — for example, a free electron.

The first time the word ion was used was in 1834. Positive and negative are the two types of ions. Positive ions are actually found to harmful to a person's health. They can cause headaches, lower immune systems, and heighten anxiety.

They can also cause vertigo, poor concentration, irritability, and fatigue. Positive ions are found in air pollution, pet dander, toxic chemicals, electronics, and mold.

Negative ions have been shown to decrease one's anxiety, depression, and can boost a person's energy. There are studies that show they can help with diabetes, digestive issues, brain functions, and boost immune systems. Although these facts have not been proven on a clinical level.

However, many people have attributed negative ions to their better health. There are numerous studies that support these beliefs.

One study claims that negative ions can help kill mold and viruses. The study was conducted in an intensive care unit of a hospital. After researchers gathered their data — the hospital changed their ventilation systems to a negative ionizing system.

The only ion that has been proven to be harmful are the positive ones. Thousands of people have increased negative ions in their homes. They have done this by purchasing negative ion products. For example, a Himalayan salt lamp, indoor water fountains, beeswax, and houseplants.

Written by Sheena Robertson

Sources:

Merriam Webster: Ion

Holistic Lakewood: When A Negative Is Positive – How Exposing Yourself To More Negative Ions Can Have A Positive Effect On Your Health

Science at a Distance: Ions by Professor John Blamire

Featured Image Courtesy of Marco Verch Professional Photographer's Flickr Page - Creative Commons License

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