Importance of clean air in brief
- Can you describe the importance of having clean air in brief description?
Air is vital to each of the trillions of cells that make our body.
Weeks without food, Days without water, Minutes without oxygen.
When we think of air we think of oxygen, but air is only 21% oxygen, the majority being 78% nitrogen, and traces of other gases and water.
Air quality can vary greatly. Clean, fresh air comes from the purifying action of nature itself.
Indoor air can also become polluted, stale, and dangerous. This is usually because of re-breathing the same air over and over, in a room or vehicle, with limited ventilation.
Buildings, old or new, both commercial and residential, that are poorly ventilated may harbor dangerous air. We say they have “Sick Building Syndrome.” Let’s look at some of the possible causes.
Fireplaces, gas and kerosene stoves or other portable heating systems can produce poisonous gases.
Open flames for cooking and heating give off the most toxins. They can damage the respiratory tract, trigger asthma and even interfere with brain function.
The air from musty, dusty bedding, fabrics, wall coverings, upholstery, and carpet can also be irritating to some people.
When buildings are damp, due to poor drainage around the house or a lack of air circulation, mold and fungus may grow. These can cause illnesses like respiratory problems or even arthritis.
How can you protect yourself and your family?Move to the country
Consider moving to a less polluted place. Remember, it is nature itself that helps to clean and revitalize air.Circulate fresh air
Air out your home at least once daily. If smog is a problem, air your home in the early morning or after sundown. Keep at least two windows open for cross ventilation. In the winter it may seem a waste of heat, but you will be rewarded with better health.Use houseplants
Bring nature inside by keeping houseplants. One plant helps to cleanse about 100 square feet of air space.3Sleep with the window open
Sleep with an open window. You’ll wake up feeling more refreshed.Use air conditioners wisely
If air conditioners are used, set them to bring in at least a third of the air as fresh air. Clean the air ducts and filters on your cooling and heating system regularly.Vent appliances
Be sure to vent to the outside all gas, oil, kerosene, wood or coal burning appliances. Smoke or fumes contain dangerous gases.Ban indoor smoking
Ban smoking indoors and avoid side-stream smoke. Tobacco smoke contains hundreds of toxins which are dangerous not only to the one smoking, but to others breathing the smoke as well.Eat protective foods
Eating protective foods will help prevent the damaging effects of pollution on the body, especially in the lungs. Some of the most protective foods are the rich reds, leafy greens, bluepurples and deep orange-colored plant foods. Be sure to get some at each meal.
There are several factors that hinder oxygen supply to the body:
Eating high-fat foods can reduce the oxygen level in our blood.
Notice the difference between these two pictures. After eating food that is high in fat, the blood is thicker and tends to clump together. It can no longer carry oxygen into the smaller arteries as
This smoker’s lung is polluted with tar and smoke. Obviously, any exchange of oxygen is going to be somewhat impaired.
At the same time, the blood vessels throughout the smoker’s body were constricted because of the nicotine in the tobacco. This limits the circulation of the blood needed to nourish the cells and keep them healthy.Alcohol
Consuming alcohol also hinders oxygen supply in two ways:it depresses breathing and impairs the circulation.Dehydration
Not drinking sufficient amounts of water keeps the blood from flowing freely and allows impurities to accumulate.
Tight clothes, belts or waistbands restrict the lungs from expanding fully and hinder healthy circulation, thus decreasing the delivery of oxygen to the body.Poor Posture
People with poor posture tend to slump. This prevents the lungs from expanding fully and starves the vital organs of their essential oxygen supply.Incorrect breathing
Babies automatically breathe correctly, but many adults don’t; they use only the top part of the lung.
The abdomen should move out, filling as you breathe in. Next,when you exhale, exhale fully, emptying the lings as much as possible.
Now inhale deeply once more. Finally,exhale fully.
Take some deep breaths when you wake up in the morning and several times during the day. When you feel fatigued, and after sitting for more than 30 minutes, stand up and take time for several deep breaths; you’ll find it refreshing.
Singing and playing wind instruments are excellent ways of increasing oxygen exchange and invigorating the entire system.
Enjoy nature’s threesome: fresh air, sunshine and exercise. These are God’s vitalizing gifts.
Give yourself a shot of vitalized oxygen and a dose of energizing sunshine. Do some kind of physical exercise outdoors every day and preferably in nature, where the air is the cleanest.
The Scriptures offer this encouragement:
“He has made the earth by his power…
He has established the world by His wisdom…
He makes the lightning for the rain…
He brings winds out of His treasury.”
Without a doubt, fresh air is a special blessing from God—one that imparts an invigorating influence on the entire body. Why not do
everything you can to make the most of God’s gift—fresh air.
Today’s talk will look at ways in which we can maximize the benefits of air—the breath of life.
In 1875 a group of explorers launched a hot air balloon called Zenith. Their goal was to set a world record by reaching the highest altitude levels ever attempted. They succeeded by reaching 28,000 feet (8,600 meters), but of the three men manning the balloon two died due to a lack of oxygen.
This tragic experience was a solemn reminder that a person can live for weeks without food, for days without water, but only minutes without adequate oxygen. It is a basic ingredient to life’s existence.1 Understanding Science & Nature, Series II, Human Body, Time-Life Books, Alexandria, Virginia, 1992 (ISBN 0-
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3Aileen Ludington, Hans Diehl, Health Power: Health by choice, not chance. p.204