Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Health Benefits of a Himalayan Salt Lamp
I have blogged about the benefits of eating Himalayan salt. Due to its high mineral content I think it's the best salt to eat! It is also full of negative ions that helps reduce indoor air pollution, allergens and improves mood & sleep, and reduces stress. How can negative ions do all that? Well, back to Science 101, “An ion is an atom or molecule in which the total number of electrons is not equal to the total number of protons, giving the atom a net positive or negative electrical charge.” Our bodies are full of positive ions from all the chemical reactions that occur. Positive ions also come from electronic devices like computers, TVs, microwaves, and even vacuum cleaners and can often exacerbate problems like allergies, stress and sleep trouble. Negative ions can neutralize positive ions (they bond together) and help cleanse the air.
Negative ions occur more often in nature and they are often created by things like lightening storms, sunlight, waterfalls, and ocean waves. This is one of the reasons people often report feeling renewed or refreshed after a storm or at the beach. Earthing mats also help the body by producing negative ions. If you are having trouble sleeping they are good to use in bed. or to put your feet on under the desk while you are at the computer.
Having the negative ions in the air that you breath cleans the air but also as you breath it in the positive ions in your body and the negative ions you just inhaled come together to great an atom without a charge which puts less stress on the body. Otherwise, an ion having a charge is known as a free radical and causes oxidative stress in the body. That's why eating and drinking antioxidants is healthy for your body. Foods highest in antioxidants are cranberries, blueberries, and blackberries in the fruit category. Beans, artichokes, and Russet potatoes were tops among the vegetables. Pecans, walnuts, and hazelnuts ranked highest in the nut category.
So for better health purchase a salt lamp. eat your blueberries and if you really are having trouble with sleep or inflammation use an Earthing mat.