You would think the one place you could breathe ‘purer’ air would be your home, right? Wrong! Actually, research says that the air in your home can be worse than outdoors. Your home is a breeding ground for mold, mildew, bacteria, germs, pollen dust mites, pet dander, and other microorganisms, not to mention gases like radon, carbon monoxide, and chemicals like formaldehyde, cleaning products, furnishings, and asbestos. If you are, or live with a smoker, the air quality in your home is highly toxic, containing over 4,000 chemicals, 200 poisons, and 43 carcinogens.
All these factors contribute to upper respiratory problems, asthma, and lung associated diseases such as lung cancer. Polluted or poor indoor air quality can cause a number of symptoms of discomfort including fatigue, nausea, dry eyes, headaches, and nasal congestion. If you already have an upper respiratory problem or weakness, you are even more susceptible to ill health due to poor indoor air quality.
Without air, every living creature would die within minutes, and its life is shortened by impurities in the air that it breathes. As we all know, a healthy diet is the most important factor in keeping us in a state of well being, but even this is a close second to breathing pure, clean air. All living, warm-blooded creatures were meant to live outside in the open air pure air, uncontaminated. While these days, this is not possible, we can help ourselves by creating a toxic free environment in our homes using some type of air filtration system that purify the air and kill bacteria and if you live in a city or polluted area, you can do little things like wear a mask, or carry a portable air purifier.
Pure air is the greatest of all germicides and disinfectants. When you are in your home, you are breathing in the toxins you are exhaling! When I go to and I do try to avoid them highly populated areas, I practice shallow breathing, and try not to talk too much to prevent the polluted air from getting into my lungs. Then when I get home, I breathe deeply under the trees, clearing my lungs before I enter the house where we have ionizers and air purifiers to filter and cleanse the atmosphere.
There are a number of ways one can keep the air in the home clean, fresh, and free of pollutants, toxins, mold and bacteria. We make sure we have good air circulation, monitor the humidity levels (I think humidity affects me more than anything) keeping the house clean (my husband will tell you I am a fanatic about a clean house!) and we replace all filters, especially in our heating/cooling system on a regular basis.
We may not be able to control the outside world, but we do consider our home the one place we can control what comes in and goes out. So, whatever you do, even though you may be on a tight budget, the one thing you don’t want to skimp on is creating indoor air quality as clean, and pollutant free as you possible can. You will notice the difference in how you feel and sleep. Your pets will benefit, too. So, do yourself and your family a favor, and make sure the quality of the air in your home is clean, fresh and pollutant free. You will ‘breath easy,’ and have peace of mind knowing the air you are inhaling is good for you and your loved ones and your health is likely to benefit as well.