You’ve probably heard many times that taking in a few deep breaths can help you remain calm and lower stress levels. Did you know how important receiving adequate oxygen is to our overall health? Your brain alone uses up a ton of oxygen, so the next time you find yourself having difficulty focusing or concentrating, try paying attention to your breath and take in a few deep breaths.
Did you know that the quality of the air you are inhaling is just as important as the amount of air you inhale? The quality of both indoor and outdoor air can contribute to various health conditions.
Taking a look at just poor indoor air quality, we’ve been able to pinpoint the following symptoms:
- Irritation of the eyes and nose
- Sore throats
- Bronchitis, asthma, emphysema
- Memory loss
- Poor sleep quality
- High blood pressure, heart attack, stroke
- Reproductive problems
Indoor air quality stems from a few sources:
- Improper ventilation
- Synthetic household cleaners
- Synthetic personal care products (hairsprays)
- Air fresheners
- Cigarette smoking
- Space heaters
- Pesticides sprayed around the home
- Certain types of furniture and building materials, especially new furniture and carpets which can off-gas harmful chemicals
- Inadequate dusting and vacuuming
- Mold from water damage
- Vinyl flooring
If you’d like to implement simple steps to improve your indoor air quality click on this checklist: DL-EnvironmentalHealth
I hope you find the checklist above helpful…and in the meantime, get outdoors and enjoy a breath of fresh air!