With winter well under way and in fact almost done, it is high time to contemplate how much quality air, fresh or otherwise, our bodies have been receiving these last couple of months. I live in a regional city that falls to around 2degress or less regularly and still I have maintained an open window all season, albeit only an inch or so. Below is a page from Being Well Basics which I completed recently, and will post here page by page. If you would like a copy of the whole book please email firstname.lastname@example.org Enjoy, Lainee
As we know, air is the basis for maintaining life itself and is essential for robust wellbeing; however we are not always aware of how much we pollute our internal and external environment; by the choices we make and also the air we choose to breathe.
Estimates are that the majority of people spend 90% of their time indoors and that indoor air quality can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Indoor air pollution is often a major source or at least a contributor to a state of being unwell.
The single most effective way to keep the air in your home healthy is to keep things out of it that cause air pollution. This includes cigarette smoke, excess moisture and chemicals.
The second important strategy is to ventilate, which draws pollutants out of the house. Run the exhaust fans in your bathroom and kitchen. Open your windows. Make sure you have a good exhaust system in place for appliances and stoves.
Also within your place of employment or study become aware of and educate others about the effects of photo copiers, lack of ventilation, electromagnetic pollutants and other potential air quality hazards that may be there.
Take yourself to the closest natural space regularly to breathe in clean air, with a waterfall or ocean water nearby if possible. This takes advantage of the negative ions from these sources that positively affect our health when breathed in. I find a walk in the rain (not a storm) in summer months is super-invigorating, both externally and internally.
Get into the habit of taking five deep breaths (deep down into the stomach), regularly throughout each day (of clean air). Each hour or so is ideal. This increases oxygenation of your system and helps eliminate the effects of unclean air.
Be aware that most carpets, mats, lounges, mattresses etc are leaching unhealthy chemicals from them into the air. Dry-cleaning chemicals, along with chlorine in the water breathed in when showering also put a strain on the body. There are safer options available for all these, including attachments to reduce shower chlorine.
Improving the quality of air we breathe can be a major step to keeping our personal temple/house clean. This forms a platform for being well in all areas, thus maximising the benefits from this very basic FLOW of Life.