Not many people realize that the air in their homes is more polluted than the air outdoors. I know that you may not believe me now, but bare with me and you will find out why. Since the day I found out I was a mother, I have constantly tried to make sure everything around my daughter is as healthy as possible. For this reason I researched what the air at home should be like. What are the disadvantages of air fresheners was also a question I needed answered. I will share a few guidelines on how to improve the quality of the air you and your loved ones breathe. This is important for many reasons. Before I give you some very easy and budget ideas on how to improve the quality of air you breathe, let me explain to you why is fresh air so important, especially for young children.
The Importance Of Fresh Air
Firstly, ask yourself the following simple question: “Why do we breathe?” The answer seems pretty straightforward – “To live!”. Yes, we need air to live. When we take a leap of fresh air, our cells pick up all the oxygen in it and deliver it to every cell in the body. Our cells need that oxygen to function. For this reason, the better the quality of the air we inhale, the better for us.
1. Fresh air promotes growth. If you have small children, it is a must that they play outside under the sun. This will help their bodies grow faster and stronger.
2. Fresh air promotes overall health. Our cells and bodies heal faster when we breathe fresh air, and are more capable of fighting viruses and diseases. Our immune system gets stronger and fights more efficiently. In addition, oxygen helps to improve the blood pressure and the heart rate.
3. Fresh air promotes better metabolism and helps food ingestion.
4. Fresh air aids recovery. I read once on Facebook that Berbatov, a former Manchester United player was inhaling oxygen as it helped him overcome his injury faster.
5. Fresh air promotes better sleep. I live in a big city, but my family has a small house in a village near the woods. Every single time I visit them, I swear, I sleep like a baby. It is actually enough for me to sleep for about 6 hours and be fresh all day long. This is because the air is not polluted.
These are just a few of the benefits fresh and pure air has on us. On the contrary, the consequences of breathing polluted air are dizziness, headache, nausea, anxiety and depression, irritability, exhaustion, fatigue and many more. If you would like to avoid the following nasty “side effects” of polluted air, than here is what you can do.
How To Improve Indoor Air Quality
1. Open the windows often. The ultimate, effortless and affordable way to ensure fresh air at home is to open the windows more often. Sleeping on an open window if possible, and if the weather allows it, is the best option.
2. Get rid of air pollutants at home. Well, you may think that the air indoor is more polluted because of the chimneys and the fumes from cars, but after reading this you will be convinced you have quite a lot of things to throw away. Air fresheners are not really a great choice, because they cover the smell, without actually removing it. because of their chemical contents it is very likely that they are carcinogenic.
3. Choose cleaners carefully. According to professional cleaning advisors some cleaners (oven cleaners in particular) extract toxic fumes that should not be inhaled. The combination of bleach with ammonia pollutes the air a great deal. In order to improve the indoor air quality start using natural cleaners such as vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice and salt. They are virtually harmless.
4. Clean often. Dust mites feed of dead skin, dust and pet dander. In addition, dust mites cause allergies and pollute the air we breathe. If you want to ensure fresh air, vacuum clean and dust more often. Don’t forget that dust mites are also one of the main causes of asthma, so do not skip this step.
5. Steam clean your carpets often. You might be surprised, but clean carpets really do help you freshen up the air at home. Unlike dusty, smelly carpets, fresh ones, not only look good, are fluffy and soft, but smell great.
6. Oh, and one more – do not smoke indoors!
Green and healthy living, doesn’t mean spending a fortune for more expensive organic food, or for better domestic cleaners and other improvements. Quite the contrary, it turns out that going green is cheaper than anything else, it just requires the change of your habits. Indoor air pollution or the act of minimizing it, is also a habit, whether you realise it or not. If you try and follow the above mentioned steps, you could be sure that the quality of your indoor air is improved. Of course, if you want to benefit from more fresh air, don’t forget to exercise on a daily basis, spend time outside, engage in some sort of an outdoor sport, etc.