Did you know that silver, the same precious metal used to make jewelry, has numerous health benefits? We didn’t until we spoke with Mikaela Bradbury, founder of luxury fashion brand Arjuna, who explains why 18 percent of the fabric used in her clothing line is silver: the health benefits are incredible and surprising.
What does silver do for your health?
Silver has numerous health properties that have been used across time and culture. It is a powerful antimicrobial agent that aids in cold and flu prevention, wound healing, and skin care. Silver also helps with internal heat regulation and circulation. When applied in the right quantity and manner, silver also provides protection against harmful electromagnetic radiation from cellphones and other electronics.
How does it work?
The benefits of silver are derived from its electrical and thermal conductivity—i.e. its ability to generate an electrical field that distributes electricity and heat around the body. Positively-charged silver ions create a conductive field that reflects electromagnetic radiation away from the body, much like a mirror reflects light. This field stimulates the body’s existing conductivity, improving blood circulation, temperature balance, and general healing. These positively charged silver ions also bind to negatively charged oxygen receptors in bacteria, destabilizing their metabolic enzymes and causing them to suffocate.
How can you wear silver to reap these benefits?
Silver can be worn against the skin, where it is able to interact with your skin’s natural conductivity and provide the most benefits for any potential skin irritations, circulation trouble, or temperature imbalance. Wearing silver clothing externally provides a “shield” against everyday germs and bacteria, as well electromagnetic radiation, but you won’t reap any of its positive physical effects unless it is touching your skin.
In what situations would it best benefit you to wear silver?
Silver is best worn when either the immune system is weak or when the body faces a particularly challenging environment, such as travel, toxic urban environments, or hyper-connected office spaces, where we face heightened exposure to both germs and electronics. Wearing silver gloves while working on your laptop, for example, will significantly improve your comfort, energy, and immunity by blocking your wrist’s exposure to laptop electrical fields, as well as preventing the spread of office colds. Wearing silver on the plane or during travel keeps you clean and germ free, while adding to your overall comfort.
How do you feel after wearing silver?
Many people have reported that they sleep better when wearing the silver eye-mask, due to the cooling properties of the material, its incredible softness, and the knowledge that you’re protected from germs and radiation. You can experience more balanced energy levels and moods while wearing silver during the day as it offsets wifi and electrical disturbances, improves overall temperature balance and circulation, and maintains optimum hygiene and immunity.
What can you combine with silver to make the most of this?
Silver is best combined with a healthy, active lifestyle that includes physical activity, as well as mental exercises such as meditation, visualization and positive thinking. Our over-exposure to technology is as much a physical problem as a psychological one—and we all need to take proactive measures to protect our peace of mind, focus and mental clarity.
Anything else we should know about silver?
Symbolically, silver is connected to the moon, and yin modalities of Chinese philosophy. The color is said to stimulate calmness and tranquility, as it evokes the qualities of reflection, coolness and space.
Photo: Silver gloves by Arjuna
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