What are negative ions and how do they help us?

We've all heard the phrase, "Smell that fresh air!"  Usually, when we say this, we are in the mountains, beach or somewhere out in nature.  But have you ever asked yourself why the air in these places "smells fresh"?  There are two reasons that work against each other.  In cities, the pollution from cars and people decreases the amount of negative ions in the air.  However, when in nature, you are experiencing the birth of negative ions generated from things like waves crashing, condensation, waterfalls, plants and lightning.  All of these things replenish the air with negative ions.  So what you are "smelling" is the absence of pollution in the air due to an abundance of negative ions.  For air to be "fresh" and healthy, an abundance of negative ions is needed.  Negative ions are nature's air cleaners.


Negative ions are electrically charged molecules or atoms in the air.  An ion (positve or negative) is made when a gaseous molecule or atom receives enough high energy to eject an electron. Positve ions lose an electron in this process. Negative ions gain an electron.  Plants, lightning, the force of a wave or waterfall crashing, radiant cosmic rays hitting Earth, sunlight...all of these things provide the catalyst (energy) that is needed for this process.  So it makes sense that the "freshest" air would be where these things happen the most.

Waves crashing at a beach
Lightning against cloudy night sky
Condensation and dew on grass closeup
Telescopic picture of the sun in space
Waterfall in the mountains

But it's more than just air that smells good, right?  Fresh air makes us feel good, which brings us to another popular phrase: "I'm going to go get some fresh air." Usually, when that's said, it means we have some thinking to do.  Well, as coincidence may have it, there's actually research that supports negative ion therapy potentially having a positive impact on our cognitive performance with short-term exposure and evidence that suggests it may help people with depression.


That same research suggests negative ions could help sleep patterns and mood, reduce stress, improve the immune system, increase metabolism and kill or prevent the growth of dangerous bacteria, viruses, and mold, such as E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and the bacterium that causes tuberculosis.  The same study found that devices that generate negative ions can help to reduce pollution particulates that are up to 5 feet off the ground by 97%.


Negative ions are also an anti-oxidant. Free radicals are unstable molecules that the body produces as a reaction to the environment and other pressures and antioxidants prevent or slow damage to cells caused by them.

The biomat produces negative ions

The Richway Biomat produces negative ions by way of the TOCA layer (see Layer 5) made of black tourmaline fabric. Tourmaline emits an abundance of negative ions when pressure is applied to it.  Pressure is applied by the heat of the infrared light and also when the user lies on it.  Both amethyst and tourmaline produce far infrared radiation and negative ions.


Biomat benefits don't just come from infrared heat. While your body is being warmed by the vibrational far infrared rays, it is also taking in vital negative ions that help relax your mind and body while breathing better quality air.  For healing to happen, all essential functions must be at optimal status and pairing these two therapies together provides just that!