What is Air?
You might think this is a silly question, but nonetheless, a very important question. Air is the invisible gaseous substance surrounding the earth and it supplies us with oxygen, which is essential to our bodies. You knew that, didn’t you!!
Do you know the components of air? Come on, I know that you do.
Air is made up of 78% Nitrogen, 21% Oxygen, and <1% Argon, Carbon Dioxide, and other gases. As you can tell, it is mainly a mixture of Nitrogen and Oxygen.
Want to know a fun fact? Adults’ breath 10-20 cubic meters per day, which is about 20, 000 breathes. Children breathe twice that, so they take in 20-40 cubic meters, which is about 40,000 breathes.
So Have You Ever Wondered Wonder What You Breathe In?
When we think of air, we immediately think of the air that we breathe when we are outside. Well, unfortunately, we don’t have control over the air we breathe outside. Although, there is not a whole lot we can do with the quality of the air we breathe outside, there is one thing you can do.
Do you know what the Clean Air Act (CAA) is? Well it is one of the ways we can help protect the public health and public welfare, including your own families and friends, by making sure that any business or buildings are being regulated for hazardous air pollutants.
The Air We Breathe… Is POLLUTED!
The quality of outdoor isn’t our biggest concern. One huge and complex issue is indoor air quality. Want to know another fun fact? Indoor air is 3 to 5 times WORSE than outdoor air.
The Environmental Protection Agency has done several studies showing that the highest concentration of chemical air pollutants are inside, not outside, the home. Why, you ask? Think about it for a second! We fill our airtight homes with man-made carpets, cleaners, furniture, fragrances, etc. These products are all made from petrochemical products, solvents, and formaldehydes!
We breathe in so many irritants that we cannot see and many of them can lead and cause disease and illness. According to Dr. Robert Groves, ND, “Just because you have clean air does not mean you have clean air.”
Air that is polluted and filled with irritants can cause many of these common respiratory conditions including asthma, pneumonia, allergies, lung cancer, and many more. The irritants that get into our bodies and stay in our cells and organs can cause damage that can lead to bigger problems.
What Else Should You Consider That Could Be Affecting Your Indoor Air?
Molds and Mold spores!! Always check and make sure there are no leaks or moisture build up that can lead to molds and mold growth.
I know this from personal experience. Moving to Houston, well that was a big risk. Living in an apartment that had the worst mold infestation I had ever seen, well, wasn’t what I had planned when I moved here.
I was breathing mold spores for two months and considering that I am really sensitive, I was getting sick often and my allergies were just killing me.
Thankfully, I got out of that apartment, but the reality is mold is dangerous and unhealthy and you definitely don’t want to breathe it in.
“MOLDS contain powerful hormone mimics as well as some of the world’s most lethal-cancer causing mycotoxins. Carbon monoxide and natural gas from malfunctioning furnaces, and Molds from humidifiers and air-conditioners, unvented bathrooms and undiagnosed roof leaks have slowly poisoned entire families, causing the most mysterious and diverse symptoms.” –Sherry A Rogers, MD
Think about how much time you spend indoors! Toxic substances go unseen.
Health and Air Quality
When we breathe air that is full of toxins and pollutants, it directly affects our health, causing a plethora of symptoms and illnesses. These can lead to more serious illnesses and disease.
When we breathe clean air, we are taking care of our bodies but more importantly we are keeping our immune system strong.
Clean air and our immune system are inextricably linked. Breathing clean air is one of the biggest and most important aspects we need to focus on to keep our physical health optimal.
Why is that important? Well we breathe more than we do anything else, whether we are indoors or outdoors.
How Can We Get Clean Air?
Cleaning both indoor and outdoor is much simpler than you may think. Trust me!! Small changes can make a big difference. We can’t completely avoid toxins or pollutants in the air, but we can certainly do some things to improve what we breathe in and reduce out total body burden (check out our Total Body Burden blog).
Tips for a Healthy Indoor Environment!
The first tip would be to remove and avoid sources of pollutants as much as possible. These include candles, paints, new carpeting, household cleaners, molds, pesticides, perfumes, etc.
The next tip would be to use natural plants to help filter your air, both indoor and outdoor. Did you know that some plants naturally purify the air you breathe? The top 5 plants identified by NASA are Mass cane, Pot Mum, Gerbera Daisy, Striped Dracaena, and Ficus.
A third tip would be to make sure you have home detectors, such as the ones for carbon monoxide and radon. These can help save your life, especially if there is carbon monoxide and/or radon in the air.
Another tip would be to use products or lamps that can also help with purifying the air. One product that is great is salt-lamps. Salt-lamps are a great decorative item, but it also has many health benefits, including deodorizing and purifying air, it reduces allergy and asthma symptoms, it increases energy, improves sleep, mood, concentration, and many more. It is also a great environmentally friendly light source.
Another product that is HIGHLY recommended and a GREAT INVESTMENT for you and your family is a Good Air Purification System. A quality air purifier can remove 99% of all air-borne particulates, while also eliminating thousands of toxic gases and odors. We highly recommend air purifiers from Austin Air Systems. Check out their products at http://www.austinair.com.
Help your family breathe clean air by making small changes that may have significant impact.
1. 8 Weeks to Women’s Wellness: The Detoxification for Breast Cancer, Endometriosis, Infertility and Other Women’s Health Conditions by Dr. Marianne Marchese
2. Detoxify or Die by Sherry A. Rogers, M.D.
3. DIY Health: For Women Because Nobody Knows YOU Better Than You Do by Dr. Amy Neuzil
4. Clean, Green, & Lean: Get Rid of the Toxins that Make You Fat by Dr. Walter Crinnion
Written by Meena Aldouri