You may not have thought about this, but oxygen is in fact our most important nutrient! We can live weeks to months without food, days without water, but only minutes without air! So it’s worth learning more about how to improve the air we breathe!
Oxygen provides the energy for your immune system from the nutrients of your food, growth, maintenance, repair, and all the other functions of your body. Adequate oxygen allows your body to successfully combat all micro-organisms that are harmful to your body. It also allows you to detoxify chemical pollutants.
The average oxygen content of our air today has been diminished from 35% to approximately 20%. In some larger, more polluted cities, oxygen content in the air has been measured at 12 – 15%. Anything less than 7% is not able to support human life. Worth knowing right? You can also find how to grow an organic garden to improve your family's wellbeing by visiting Lamour et Fleurs.
Because of the lower air oxygen content today, there have been suggestions that this could be leading to the noticeable increases in cancers, cardiovascular diseases, and chronic degenerative diseases. This of course is so worthy of knowing. Cigarette smoke has this affect on our oxygen level too.
Below Are 8 Tips to Improve Your Air and Oxygen Intake:
(1) Drink plenty of pure, high alkaline, high mineral water and/or fresh vegetable juice every day.
(2) Complex carbohydrate foods such as local, organically grown vegetables, whole grains, seeds, nuts, and fruits have higher oxygen content.
(3) Frequently, open the windows and doors in your home or apartment ONLY if you live in an area of minimal outdoor air pollution NOT close to a highway. Otherwise, keep everything closed with the recommended number of plants (see number 5 below).
(4) Practice proper breathing and regularly exercise. Remember, exercise is cumulative. A 10 minute walk after each meal is the equivalent of 30 minutes of continuous walking. Learn how to waterproof your outdoor jackets in case of sudden downpours from Mother Nature.
(5) Use plants to reduce indoor air pollution. Plants breathe in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen. Some even break down and neutralize chemical pollutants.
(6) The recommended number of plants is 2 for every 100 square feet of interior space (assuming 8 to 10 feet ceilings) with groupings of plants being helpful. The more leaves the plant has, the better. You can cover potting soil with a layer of aquarium gravel to help reduce mold spores. Even four or five plants in a room can make a difference in air quality.
Some of the best plants for cleaning air indoors are:
(7) HEPA home air filter systems for a single room or the entire house are wonderful for helping relieve allergy symptoms. They should have a replaceable and/or cleanable HEPA type filter for removing very fine particles. Also, they should run very quietly.
(8) Allergy relief furnace filters are specifically designed to remove dust, airborne allergens, and other extremely small particles. These are considerably more expensive than regular furnace filters, but they are cleanable and reusable.
So, as you can see your health is very dependent on quality air and oxygen.
How many more plants will you bring into your home and/or office space. Taking care of plants is also very therapeutic! Please leave a reply below or contact us to learn how you can improve the quality of your health and life.
Ellie Savoy is a Board Certified Holistic Health Coach and the author of the #1 international best selling book “Stop Dieting Start Living: 5 Foundations for Your Health to Permanently Lose Weight Without Dieting Starvation or Suffering in Silence”. She is also the founder of the Stop Dieting Start Living Weight Loss System. Her commonsense and step by step approach has literally transformed the way people look at their body, health and life. She spent over two decades under a great deal of stress. She lost sight of the importance of her health time and time again; gaining weight and yo-yo dieting to take care of it, skipping meals during the day, eating too late at night, and letting work dictate how all of her time was spent. Many people need a trigger for change in life and the first trigger for her was her mother’s passing in 2008. Then just 21 months later her father passed away. Not only was this a ton of grief to process, but it started her on a deeper exploration of what is really important in this life. The saying “you can’t take it with you when you die” really hit home. She had been living with so much stress striving for more and more losing sight of herself and her health. The final trigger was in 2011 when she was diagnosed with two uterine fibroids. The four options she was given were actually not options for her! Three involved surgery and the other one was to do nothing. This scared her into understanding what she needed to do to naturally heal her body and permanently end the yo-yo dieting dilemma. This was when she really embraced making healthy permanent lifestyle changes. Since then she has been enjoying living a diet free and healthy life, without aches and pains, medications and a bunch of rules! She hasn’t looked back since. Ellie’s approach is not just for yo-yo dieters or those wanting to lose weight – it’s for everyone who is concerned about what their future looks like and wants to take control of their health. She has helped women with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, thyroid imbalance, irritable bowel syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and a host of other symptoms. Ellie helps you to show up in your own life, stop making excuses, shift your mindset, have a plan and connect with the passion in your belly to live your best life. It’s a lot of fun!