Air is the most essential element needed to sustain life.
Fresh air provides you with a steady supply of oxygen which is needed by your brain and every single cell of your body. Every function carried out by the body is directly related to the life of the cells. Cells need four things to live and function properly; oxygen, water, nutrition and cleansing. Without oxygen the cells die in three minutes as it is one chemical essential for the cells to create energy.
How much of your day, each day, is spent outdoors? For many the answer will amount to a bunch of minutes added up as we go from one closed space to another. We live in our homes, we get into our cars on our driveways, we drive to more closed locations and at the end of the day, we come back home. Some of us get better with heading outdoors when the warmer temperatures come, but our body needing fresh air is not a seasonal thing, it’s a daily requirement.
The air that you breathe in any indoor location is not as fresh as your body needs to remain healthy.
If you stay in a closed in area for a long period of time, you will end up breathing in the same air over and over again. The oxygen content of the air will go down. Fresh air is chemically different than the re-circulated indoor air that most people breathe. Breathing this stale air will not supply your body with enough oxygen to keep your cells functioning properly. If you are breathing in stale air, you may suffer from certain health problems such as dizziness, nausea, headaches, fatigue and exhaustion, irritability, anxiety, depression, frequent fevers, colds, or lung diseases.
So if you’re feeling any of the above symptoms, open a window, take a short walk outside, and drink a big glass of water. Ventilate your office or house with fresh air frequently! Consider keeping plants in your home and work environment to help improve the air quality. Plants produce oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide from the air. Some plants can even remove toxic pollutants from the air. If you can, sleep with your bedroom window open and endeavour to air your home regularly by opening up all the windows and doors.
In large cities, finding clean and fresh air is not an easy task as the natural freshness of air is destroyed by tobacco smoke, city smog, re-circulating air in buildings, improper ventilation, exhaust, and many other pollutants. Spend time in a park or garden with plenty of trees and plants to enjoy good quality fresh air or, if possible, head to the beach. One of the best ways to receive the benefits of fresh air is to go out into the open air and exercise by walking or gardening. This enables the lungs to expand and be filled with oxygen. Getting outdoors to enjoy fresh air should not be a chore, but a privilege!