“Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it.” Isaiah 42:5, ESV
I currently live in the Sonoran Desert in the American southwest, and in our area, we typically do not receive rain for the entire month of June. Five days into the month, we have been blessed with light rain over the last twenty-four hours. Even a few thunder storms rolled through early this morning. Have you noticed that after a good rain — I am not talking about damaging severe weather but gentle rain — everything is rejuvenated? The air tastes cleaner and is easier to breathe, as all of the pollutants have been washed away. The plants and trees are revived, gleaming as if happily in the droplets of water. Everything feels almost inexplicably better!
Today I would like to share the importance of clean, fresh air on our health. As children, we learned that trees transform carbon dioxide in our atmosphere into the oxygen we need through a process called photosynthesis. Trees also filter many pollutants out of our air, making our air safer for us to breathe. If you live in a city or location that has high air pollutants, there are some things you can do to get cleaner air: move to a healthier environment (Unfortunately, this option is not always viable.), take periodic trips to an area with cleaner air, plant trees in your yard, and encourage your neighborhood/city to plant more trees and limit air pollution.Fresh air benefits our bodies in numerous ways. So improve your health one deep breath at a time! Click To Tweet
Did you know that when we remain in an enclosed area for long periods of time, such as our air conditioned houses, cars, and office buildings, we use and re-use the same air? This increases the amount of carbon dioxide and other wastes while decreasing the oxygen, making the air we breathe insufficient. This can lead to depression, fatigue, and exhaustion. Having house and office plants can help, but the the best thing is to either air-out your home when the weather is nice or leave your office desk and go outside to breathe deeply of fresh, pure, clean air.
Fresh, clean air benefits our bodies in numerous ways: it boosts our immune system, energizes us, clears the mind, improves concentration, reduces stress, and promotes quality sleep. Fresh, clean air also boosts the brain’s levels of serotonin, which helps us to feel happy and an overall sense of well-being. It is not a stretch to say that fresh, clean air saves lives!
So what are you doing just sitting around? Let’s make the decision to improve our health by spending more time outside, especially in the great outdoors! Go on a nature walk, a hike, or plan a camping trip. Plant some flowers or trees in your yard and spend time each week tending your new garden. Whatever you do, make sure to take 3 to 5 very deep breaths when you are out in fresh, clean air.
Learn more about the health benefits of fresh air with this short video by our friends at Life and Health Network, featuring Randy Bivens, M.D.
8 Laws of Health | 07 Air from lifeandhealth on Vimeo.