Without fresh air, the average human being would only survive for three minutes. In order to survive, we must breathe at least 10,000 litres of fresh air each day. So it is no great mystery that this has an on going daily effect on our overall state of health and an immediate effect on our flexibility, balance and strength.
The difference between fresh air in a natural environment and the air found in stuffy, office, warehouse and apartment buildings affects our mood and our health daily.
I think everyone would agree that simply inhaling fresh air "feels good". That is why we love to be outside inhaling fresh clean air.
The effects are amplified in certain environments such as proximity to beaches, forests and waterfalls. These areas contain an abundance of invigorating (ingestible) negative ions of oxygen in the air. Alpine areas that are more than 5,000 feet above sea level also have an enriched negative ion atmosphere.
Notice how you feel after a thunderstorm when the air is charged with ionic activity. You take a deep breath and immediately feel a sense of well-being like you have been reborn. The birds sing and you feel totally refreshed.
Inhaling this air, charged with small ingestible oxygen ions, is the key to that 'recharged' feeling. But we can’t always create these natural environments so we are exposed to these healthful ions on a daily basis.
That is why Fusion commissioned a double blind clinical study in Bolder Colorado at the Energy Medicine Institute to measure balance, strength and flexibility.The parameters set were as follows:
Subjects sat on the floor against a wall with feet against the stretch and reach measuring device (http://www.fitnessgiant.com/noname16.html) and reach as far forward as they can. The distance reached was measured three times and the highest value recorded
Participants stood on one foot with eyes closed and arms outstretched. They touched their nose with each index finger. The length of time until their other foot touched the floor was recorded.
A) Digital Hydraulic Hand Grip Dynamometer
Subjects squeezed the hand grip dynamometer (http://www.topendsports.com/testing/store- strength.htm) as hard as they can in each hand. tested, with the arm at right angles and the elbow by the side of the body. The handle of the dynamometer was adjusted if required - the base should rest on first metacarpal (heel of palm), while the handle should rest on middle of four fingers. The subject squeezed the dynamometer with maximum isometric effort, which is maintained for about 5 seconds. No other body movement is allowed. The subject should be strongly encouraged to give a maximum effort. Two measurements with each hand were recorded and the highest score was recorded.
B) One Repetition Maximum Test to Measure Maximum Strength of the Bicep.
Bicep Curl maximum weight was determined by having the subject perform a bicep curl with a five pound free weight using the dominant arm. The weight was increased by five pounds until the subject could no longer lift the weight with proper form. If the subject was unable to lift the weight, 2.5 pound weights were used as increments to determine the maximum weight that can be lifted and this weight was recorded.
C) Maximum Sit Ups and Push Ups in 30 Seconds
Subjects did as many sit ups as they could in 30 seconds with their feet held down and knees bent. The number was recorded. This was repeated after a 5 minute rest with push ups, either leaning against the wall, on knees or on toes. The same posture was used for all tests and the maximum number performed in 30 seconds was recorded.
D) Five Minute Road Course Ergomometer Measurements: Peak Speed. Watts and Peak Speed and Watts per Kilogram
Subjects were asked to pedal on a stationary bike with an ergomometer at their peak performance for five minutes. Peak speed and watts and peak speed and watts per kilogram were recorded.
In contrast, Table 2 shows that for the placebo band there were decreases from baseline for nine of the performance measures (balance, left and right hand strength, maximum sit ups and push ups, bicep curl repetitions to failure, average watts, watts per kilogram and calories) and no change for distance. The only test that demonstrated a significantly difference from baseline (p=0.023) was a negative change (-0.94). There was not a significant difference in reported energy levels.
The p-value2 column of Table 2 shows the comparison of changes produced by the active and placebo bands. As shown, there were highly significant (p<0.001) increases for the active band compared to the placebo band for all outcome measures, and maximum sit ups (p=0.042) and average watts (p<0.033), which had lower significance levels.
Table 3 shows results for all outcome measures with the active Fusion IONZ when expressed as percent change from baseline. The active band produced a positive percentage increase for every outcome measure, with the mean value for each outcome measure ranging from 2.5% to 27.7%. The average percentage increase for all measures was 14.42%.
Even the US Gov’t agrees:
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
A recent study by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture found that by introducing negative ions into a room, you could reduce the amount of dust by 52, and the amount of bacteria by 95% ! Can you imagine what this does for you if you suffer from allergies and fatigue?
The USDA performed yet another study that tested the effectiveness of negative ions at helping remove Salmonella Enteritidis. Here is the USDA’s statement after the study::
"These results indicate that negative air ionization can have a significant impact on the airborne microbial load in a poultry house and at least a portion of this effect is through direct killing of the organisms."
Journal of Hygiene
Scientists showed that negative ions reduce the bacteria levels in burns and plastic surgery by over 96% after 2 weeks. It resulted in rapid healing.
Journal of Applied Microbiology
Use of negative ions was found by scientists to reduce airborne viruses in the air by about 40%. With no adverse side effects
In a 1976 study there was evidence that negative ions have a biologically effect on destroying airborne microorganisms.
Journal of Food Protection
In a 2001 study, scientists found that negative ions were highly effective at destroying airborne and surface salmonella.
Effect of Negative Ions on Drivers
A study by Toyota Central R & D Labs, Inc. found that negative ions could improve fatigue and reaction time of car drivers.
Many more studies indicate that negative ions have a beneficial effect on
Migraine Headaches and Fatigue
Breathing negative ions can regulate serotonin inside your brain and fight migraine headaches and fatigue
Columbia University suggested that negative ions may be more effective than anti-depressant drugs with no side effects with negative ions.
A study in France found that negative ions helped people to sleep better.
Mental Performance and Concentration
Several studies have shown individuals who are exposed to negative ions perform much better in activities that require mental concentration
Russians believe that exposure to negative ions of pro and Olympic athletes can boost performance