A human being can survive for weeks without food and days without a drop of water. However, a person can die in just minutes without air. This just proves the importance of oxygen, which is a component of the air that we are breathing in and out.
However, the air is not just composed of oxygen. It is a mixture of gases, 80 percent of which is made up of nitrogen, 19 percent is made up of oxygen, while the remaining 1 percent is made up of other gases such as carbon dioxide.
Are You Taking In Fresh Air?
How then do we know that we are taking in fresh air? What is fresh air, anyway? Studies reveal that more than oxygen, the air needs atmospheric ion or aerions to make it clearer and fresher for us to breathe in.
Ions are tiny electrified particles of matter. With the right amount, kind, and balance, they can add freshness and vitality to the air. They are believed to increase the quality and rate of growth in animals and even plants. Moreover, with proper concentration, they can improve the cleaning action of the little cilia in the body’s windpipe, making them beat faster and clean the lungs better.
In addition to these, studies reveal that properly ionized air also improves the functions of enzymes (cytochrome oxidase) inside the cells. Ionized air also facilitates the killing of germs found in the air. Scientific experiments show that people who breathe air with enough ions are more relaxed and mildly tranquilized.
So, where does ionized air come from? Well, ionized or fresh air comes from Mother Nature. The environment produces just the right amount of ions. Radiation from air rocks, soil, and space creates ions in the air by adding electrons to other particles or by snatching electrons away from air particles. Trees, on the other hand, do not produce ions, but improve the delivery of ions to people near them.
However, air pollution such as sulfuric acid, tobacco smoke, carbon dioxide, mercury, lead and other waste products destroy these ions.
How You Can Help Clean the Air?
To be able to breathe in fresh air needed by our body, it is all our responsibility to reduce the causes of air pollution. If we work altogether to clean the air that we’re breathing, we can actually have a better and healthier place to live in.
Here are some simple ways, you can help clean the air so you and your loved one – and even the next generations – can enjoy clean, fresh air.
- Plant more trees. You can do this on your backyard, the community park or garden, or you can participate in tree-planting activities by organizations or foundations whose aim is to save the environment.
- Make sure that your vehicle does not emit black smoke. Have your car checked regularly to avoid making it a source of air pollution.
- For short distances, just walk or bike to your destination. Not using your car can help reduce air pollution, traffic, and even stress. Plus, you get to exercise which is good for the health.
These are just simple and personal ways that you can do to help minimize air pollution and promote clean air. If you can encourage your friends and family members to do the same, and, in turn, if they can encourage their friends, and so on and so forth, we can still achieve a cleaner and healthier earth in the future.