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NewST RT Air Ripples on the lake, butterflies, and bird songs remind us of the bounties of fresh air. Air is the most vital element for man and animals. One may live for weeks without food, or days without water, but deprived of air he will perish within minutes. The human body must have oxygen; each of its 100 trillion cells must receive steady, fresh supplies to survive. Every day you take more than 17,000 breaths to keep your body fueled. The heart sends blood to the lungs where it drops off carbon dioxide for elimination and picks up fresh oxygen for delivery to every cell in the body. Fresh air has many health benefits. It improves the brain’s ability to function; gives clarity to the mind, improves concentration, and boosts learning abilities. It gives a sense of happiness and well-being by altering brain levels of serotonin. It promotes quality sleep, and kills bacteria and viruses in the air. Pollution causes air to lose these capabilities. Environmental impurities affect people in a number of ways. Symptoms include sore throats, burning eyes, coughing, sluggishness, nausea, headaches, dizziness, exhaustion, and depression. Pollution is also associated with increased asthma, and other respiratory problems, and many of these contaminants have been linked to increased rates of cancer and other illnesses. In closed areas the same air can be breathed and rebreathed, over and over. The oxygen content decreases, and the carbon dioxide and other wastes increase. When we breathe this stale air, the supply of oxygen is insufficient to keep the cells fueled. Devitalized air 14 s RADIANT LIVING

increases tension, anxiety, irritability, and headaches. It promotes depression and chronic feelings of fatigue and exhaustion. Endeavor to get as much fresh air as you can every day. Here are some suggestions that may be helpful. ❖ Ventilation Open the windows or set heating and air conditioning units to bring in fresh air. Air out your house everyday. Keep proper ventilation in mind wherever you are. Avoid car exhaust, tobacco smoke, and stuffy ill-ventilated rooms. ❖ Deep breathing Take several deep breaths to clear the mind and increase the energy level. 1. Find the freshest air available. Go outdoors if possible. 2. Stand erect. 3. Draw as much air into your lungs as they will hold. Imagine it going right down into your belly. Feel your stomach expand. 4. Hold your breath for a few seconds. 5. Empty your lungs as completely as possible; use your stomach muscles to gently push out the last bit of air. 6. Repeat the process five or six times. 7. Take a fresh air break several times daily. Most people use less than half of their lung capacity. They are not getting all the potential benefits from the air they breathe. Consciously use your stomach muscles to fill and empty your lungs several times a day, and deep breathing will soon become a habit. ❖ Exercise A good workout forces you to breathe deeply and speeds up the circulation of oxygen-rich blood throughout the body; this saturates each cell with oxygen. Whenever possible, exercise outside in the morning when the air is cleanest. ❖ Posture The way we stand and sit affects the amount of air the lungs can hold. When we sit up straight and “walk tall” we allow them to enlarge and work at full capacity. When we habitually stoop or slouch it is impossible to breath deeply. Superficial breathing soon becomes a habit and the lungs loose their power to expand and receive a sufficient supply of oxygen. ❖ Clothing What we wear affects the amount of oxygen available for our use. Loose comfortable clothing allows the lungs freedom to inflate; tight, constrictive clothing around the abdomen tends to restrict breathing. ❖ Plants From the rainforest, to the city park, to the home, plants serve the very important function of recycling the atmosphere. They absorb carbon dioxide from the air and produce oxygen for us to breathe. Some provide the added advantage of removing toxic pollutants from the air. ❖ A rural environment Fresh air has a different chemical makeup from the indoor air most of us breathe; it is ionized or electrically charged, which is the primary reason for its multitude of health advantages. This air is produced in natural settings, around trees and moving water, in sunlight, and after thunderstorms. RADIANT LIVING s 15

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