Off the record: What are radicals, positive ions, and how do cells charge?

Off the record with Qi beauty: Ageing, positive ions and free-radical damage .

It’s undeniable that the restorative and energising effects of negative ions is the antidote to positive ions; the draining, nervous-tension and lethargy that too much exposure to technology, toxins, computers, mobile phones, cigarette smoke etc. have on our magnetic field - AKA us. 

The tech ‘zap’ and exhaustion after being in a fumey city all day, void of trees. Remember that smell of walking into the computer section of the library at school?  Positive Ions. Fresh rain? Negative ions. They’re invisible, but whether it’s been a day, week or intensive all-consuming project, we find ourselves naturally gravitating to the outdoors where negative ions abide, even if it’s just to stand outside when it starts to rain. Negative ions are in abundance at the beach, in a rainforest, or by a moving stream - we can feel energy. We innately know that after a day or long period in an air-conditined, air tight, or office space we need to get our natural buzz back - the negative ion restoration for our natural high-vibe. 

Positive and negative ions occur naturally in the air - the term ‘free-radicals’ refers to molecules, atoms or ions with an uneven number of electrons - unpaired electrons. A positive ion is an atom that is missing an electron rendering its charge positive. 

By nature, atoms are neutral. They contain the same number of protons and electrons, an ion is an atom that has had an electron removed to make it positively charged, or it has gained an electron to make it negatively charged. Protons stay in the nucleus and don’t move.

The conductivity of the body - cells, skin, etc. changes when electrons are moving from one atom to another. The primary function of an electron is to carry cellular charge around the body - between atoms, to maintain homeostasis. We are a system that operates on cell to cell signalling and pathways of charge carriers, this is how our cells communicate, exchange energy and work together. It is also how we remain energetic and healthy.

Electrons move between atoms carrying their (negative) charge with them -  in the process they have the potential to charge an atom - to neutralise its charge, or render it negatively charged. 

Where electrons move, energy moves - they act as a charge carrier between atoms, through our bodies. cell-to-cell conductivity occurs when electrons are moving. 

Free-radicals (or jut radicals) that are ions with a positive charge (missing an electron) are unstable. To neutralise their charge, they ‘steal’ electrons from healthy cells. In the process of electron thieving, there is damage -  cellular damage, AKA Free-radical damage.