By taking the time to read this you will learn how to make your home or office into a sanctuary for your lungs.

Imagine every time you walk through your door and take a deep breath, it could be as vitalizing as a walk in an ancient forest. If you read on you will gain the tools to empower your lungs to better health and

It is becoming more and more apparent that the health of our bodies is directly related to the health of our environment.

We understand that if you live next to a oil refinery your chances of developing asthma or cancer is greatly increased. Living in the city and breathing smog is obviously detrimental to your health.

You can make the choice to improve your health by eating healthy, organic food. You can empower your health by committing to drink clean water from good filters, or better yet from natural springs. Unfortunately we don't have as much control over the air we breath.

I previously lived in a city which was full of pollution. There was even a year when I lived near an oil refinery in a city with one of the highest asthma rates in the U.S. Many times during the year, a deafening siren would sound from the refinery. Everyone in the community knew that when they heard that sound it was time to go inside and shut all of the windows and doors, because some nasty toxins were loose in the air.

When I moved to the mountains, I felt like my environment was so much healthier. There were trees all around me, and no highways near by, meaning less car exhaust. Best of all, there was definitely no oil refinery as a neighbor. I felt like my lungs were safe and healthy.

Later I found out that this little mountain county that I call home, is on the top 10 list for the worst air qualities in the U.S.

How can this be?

Apparently the elevation of our town is at the same elevation that the ozone pollution in the air accumulates. All of the ozone from other cities, counties and countries floats over at a certain height in the atmosphere and hits our little mountain town right in the lungs. All the smog from cars, refineries and factories ends up in this beautiful forested land.

It truly is a small world.

We can't always escape other peoples bad decisions. What we can do is adapt to them.

The funny thing is that even in this beautifully forested mountain county that is getting smog from around the world dropped into it, the air outside is still much cleaner than the air indoors.

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The air in most modern homes and offices is much more polluted than the air outside, even in the city. When you are out in the atmosphere  you get fresh air from the trees and oceans that share our earthly air. The wind keeps all the air circulating, so toxins don't build up too much in one area.

The air indoors  is commonly 10 times worse than outdoors.

When you are inside you are exposed to off gassing toxins found all around the house. Flame retardants in furniture, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, molds, bacteria, etc. all proliferate and get trapped inside of your home.

Most people in an attempt to clean up their homes spray harmful chemicals through out their house, and end up breathing these nasty toxins too.

So what to do?

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Here are some practical steps to clean up the air in your home or business, so you can breath more deeply:

1. Don't use toxic cleaning products. There are numerous ways that you can make nontoxic cleansers that works just as well, if not better then chemicals. Here is a link to a site with great recipes for natural cleansers that work.

2. Open the windows. The more you open your windows and doors, the more fresh air can blow into your home, and the more stagnant nasty air can blow out. It's OK to wear a sweater indoors, if it helps you to breath deeper.

3. Keep house plants. NASA has done research on how plants clean our air. A good resources for this is the book How to Grow Fresh Air, by B.C. Wolverton who worked for NASA. Also here is a website with the top 10 plants for cleaning indoor toxins.

4. Air filters.  Now in our modern world you can buy machines that will clean the air in your house or office. A HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter is a type of air filter that can remove up to 99.999% of the small particles in the air. Particles like dust mites, mold spores, pollen, and pet dander. 

There are many more ways that you can cleanse and enliven the air in the place you live and work. This is a short list to get you started.

So right now, open the window and check out the links above. With these resources  you can create a clean air strategy that will keep you breathing deeply, and inspired.

If you have any elements you use for cleaning the air in your environment, please leave them in the comments section bellow.

Health to You