THE SINGLE REASON YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT THE AIR YOU BREATHE

Last week I wrote about indoor air pollution and 4 ways you can reduce the pollution in your home. I have to admit, I wrote those posts under the assumption that you already care about your indoor air quality.

After interacting with several blog and social media followers I realized for many of you aren’t sure why you should even care about indoor air pollution, let alone be willing to take 4 or any number of steps to reduce it. I breezed over a few issues in last week’s posts but didn't include the most important. So, I now present to you the single reason you should care about the air you and your family breathes. (It's much simpler than you think!)


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YOU BREATHE MORE THAN YOU EAT!

I told you it was simple didn't I? Now hear me out.

I would not have to work very hard, if at all, to convince you that the food you eat is vitally important to your family’s health. It is likely the chief concern you have as it relates to everyday health, and for good reason. The food you eat and serve to your family has direct health effects and either promotes health, or promotes disease.

In a single 24 hour period, however, you likely spend less than one total hour eating. But guess how many hours a day you spend breathing? That’s right, all 24! Whether you are awake or asleep, you are breathing.

 

You eat ~3-6 times per day, but you breathe ~20,000 times in the same time period.

 

Since no thought goes into breathing, it is easy to take it for granted. But our lungs (whose main responsibility is to sift through the air you breathe and deliver oxygen to the body) are constantly working on your behalf. 

 

WHY GOOD AIR QUALITY IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT FOR KIDS

The lungs are the last to mature in a growing fetus. For a baby born prematurely, the lungs are normally the top concern for baby's health. Growing children breathe in more air than adults and their immature lungs are more susceptible to damage by the chemicals and other toxins they are exposed to from the air they take in. Children are also more likely to develop respiratory conditions like asthma that can follow them into adulthood.  

 

Are you convinced yet? If so, head over to my other post highlighting four ways to reduce indoor air pollution and let me know which measures you will take for healthier air today.

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