Have you ever considered the health impacts of your air quality? I know that it is summer time and we spend more time outdoors, however we should not only have our windows open, but we should also include plants in our environments in order to revive the air and clean out unhealthy secret chemicals that are lurking in our breathing air while indoors. Air quality is important simply because we can’t avoid breathing in the air around us!

Air pollutants can cause a variety of health problems – including breathing problems; asthma; reduced lung function; lung damage; bronchitis; cancer; and brain and nervous system damage. Air pollution can also irritate the eyes, nose and throat, and reduce resistance to colds and other illnesses. Air pollution can be especially harmful to the very young, the very old, and those with certain preexisting medical conditions.

Did you know?
The average adult breathes in about 20 cubic meters, or 20,000 liters of air a day where we
require negative ions in order to nourish our bodies with oxygen.

I highly recommend you consider the air quality in the environments we are working in since we are exposed to a greater amount of pollutants coming from automobile traffic, commercial, industrial and manufacturing facilities, and off gassing from carpets and paint.

Many factors are involved in TOTAL health, including air quality, and breathing fresh negative ions that the body requires will help you function in an optimal range. We can take control of the situation with proper education – and this is why I am bringing you solutions through this knowledge! The following are plants you can place in your indoor environments to freshen up and drastically change your air quality around you. Personally I am not a good plant mommy, so as an alternative I use an “ionizer” as well as many Himalayan salt lamps around my home/office space.

NOTE: Information and picture is taken from Raw For Beauty

1. Bamboo Palm: According to NASA, it removes formaldehyde and is also said to act as a natural humidifier.

2. Snake Plant: Found by NASA to absorb nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde.

3. Areca Palm: One of the best air purifying plants for general air cleanliness.

4. Spider Plant: Great indoor plant for removing carbon monoxide and other toxins or impurities. Spider plants are one of three plants NASA deems best at removing formaldehyde from the air.

5. Peace Lily: Peace lilies could be called the “clean-all.” They’re often placed in bathrooms or laundry rooms because they’re known for removing mold spores. Also know to remove formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.

6. Gerbera Daisy: Not only do these gorgeous flowers remove benzene from the air, they’re known to improve sleep by absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off more oxygen over night.

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