Are you getting enough oxygen?
If you’re a Generation X-er like me, you’ll probably remember being kicked out of the house after breakfast, and let loose until dusk to run, frolic and bike ride with your friends.
Hearts pumping and lungs bursting with the exertion of getting from A to B.
Visiting friends, running wild in the spare paddocks around our homes or at the local parks.
Oxygen, light and sound pouring into our bodies as we spent the day just having fun and being adventurous kids.
Fast forward to today and it’s a very different story. Most of our time is spent indoors, with either heating or cooling humming away in the background. We sit up to 6 hours a day engaged with our IT devices, shut away and disconnected from the best source of oxygen – nature and fresh air.
To add to that, we are exposed to household air toxins. The World Health Organisation cites 3.8 million people a year die from exposure to household air pollutants that are hidden in furniture, floors, carpets, bedding, carbon monoxide from gas and toxic moulds.
Not only are we more sedentary and removed from the natural flow of nature and oxygen, our air quality is diminishing. As the population increases, our demand for industrial goods and services grows. We have more cars on the road and more industrial plants to service our modern day demands and needs, all adding to the problem.
The scary part for me is the unseen factor. As we live our day to day lives, we are not aware of the pollutant chemicals (free radicals) in the air or in our home that enter our bloodstream and cause damage and exposure over a long period of time. These all add up to increase the risk of disease.
So how do we save ourselves?
According to research in a British environmental journal, 67,0000 people were saved from acute respiratory conditions last year by our beloved trees. Trees are the lungs of the planet, they have inbuilt mechanisms that are able to produce oxygen for us.
So one way to save ourselves is quite simple. Practice getting out of the house and walking in nature. Walk through a park or visit open gardens. Whilst you are walking, practice conscious, slow, deep breathing.
Conscious means you stay focused on the breath, feel the air as it enters the nose and heads down into the lungs. Relax the abdominal muscles and engage all your senses, enjoying the process. Imagine the air strengthening the body and expelling the toxins as you breath out. All you need to do is take 20 conscious deep slow breathes a day, and just like nature your body will take care of you.
Is my home toxic?
If you are really concerned about the possibilities that your home may be toxic, you can arrange an environmental toxicologist consultant to come to your house to do a toxin check. One simple thing that everyone can do is add plants to your space to ramp up your health and wellbeing. Plants have the ability to transform the carbon dioxide (bad stuff we breathe out) into life-giving oxygen.
Perfect to help you sleep better
Perfect for the bedroom is the plant called mother-in-law’s tongue (or snake plant). I have one of these next to my bed, and my clients have sworn they sleep better once they have this plant in their bedroom!
If you can’t get out into nature often, try bringing nature indoors.
Top 8 indoor plants for removing formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide from the air:
- Snake plant or Mother’s Tongue
- Deremensis Rubber Plant
- Dracaena “Janet Craig” (Dracaena)
- Dwarf Date Palm
- Ficus Alii
- Boston Fern
- Peace Lily
We can all contribute so easily to the quality of our air and family’s health with simple mindfulness practices like adding plants to rooms, opening windows regularly, and going for walks to embrace conscious breathing.
How do you make your home and environment not only aesthetically pleasing, but safe, healthy space to live in?
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