Is the air you’re breathing making you fat and tired?

Did you know that the oxygen content of earth’s atmosphere is actually changing?
According to professor Ervin Lazlo, the drop in atmospheric oxygen has potentially serious consequences:
“Evidence from prehistoric times indicates that the oxygen content of pristine nature was above the 21% of total volume that it is today. It has decreased in recent times due mainly to the burning of coal in the middle of the last century. Currently the oxygen content of the Earth’s atmosphere dips to 19% over impacted areas, and it is down to 12 to 17% over the major cities. At these levels it is difficult for people to get sufficient oxygen to maintain bodily health: it takes a proper intake of oxygen to keep body cells and organs, and the entire immune system, functioning at full efficiency. At the levels we have reached today cancers and other degenerative diseases are likely to develop. And at 6 to 7% life can no longer be sustained.”
This is a factor in health and sickness that is almost never mentioned, and yet there is simply no doubt that it’s a major factor in health and body composition and energy levels.
There is even some evidence that changes in the oxygen and CO2 content of the atmosphere may affect your body’s ability to regulate bodyweight and may be a contributing factor to obesity. See here: http://sciencenordic.com/new-theory-co2-makes-you-fat
Unfortunately, this is a factor that affects the entire planet, and isn’t really subject to us changing it.
Or is it? …
Where is this issue likely to be most problematic?
Three places: In big cities, at higher altitude, and INDOORS.
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So, if you live in any of these places, here’s what you need to do:
1) Consider changing your environment to whatever extent is possible.
*** If you live in a big city, is it possible for you to move to a smaller city or more rural area? If so, consider it!
*** If you live at high altitude, consider moving to lower altitude.
*** If you live in a big city that is both at altitude and very polluted, then you should really consider moving. (Oxygen content in high altitude cities that are polluted is extremely low).
Of course, many people are unable or unwilling to move since this is a pretty big decision.
But consider this… According to Janice Nolen of the American Lung Association, “Six out of 10 Americans right now as we speak live in areas where the air can be dirty enough to send people to the emergency room, dirty enough to shape how kids’ lungs develop and even dirty enough to kill.”
Moving to a less populated and less polluted area is the most important thing. From there, if you can, look for a place with abundant nature around you.
Here is a list of the cities in the U.S. with some of the best air quality, and cities with the worst air quality: http://www.nbcnews.com/…/report-lists-worst-best-cities-a…/…
If you cannot or are unwilling to move to a location with better air, then…
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2) Go forest bathing frequently. Make an effort to do forest bathing at least 3 times a week. What is forest bathing? Walking through a forested area (or any area with lots of trees and plant life). The evidence on the benefits of forest bathing is overwhelming, and it’s one of the most profoundly healthy things you can do–it benefits everything from your mood to your immune system to your energy level to your overall wellbeing and quality of life. It is a powerful tool in the toolbelt of anyone looking for better health, better energy levels, and a better body.
See here for a summary of the research on this important subject: http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/90720.html
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3) Put plants all over your house and office space! Indoor environments are especially poor in oxygen–even more so than the already oxygen depleted atmosphere.
So… CHANGE THAT SITUATION IN YOUR IMMEDIATE MICROENVIRONMENT by introducing lots of plants around you.
We are coupled with plants–we inspire oxygen and expire carbon dioxide. They do the opposite–they take in our carbon dioxide and release oxygen for us to breathe.
So if you spend lots of time in a house and office without plants around you, you are doing a great disservice to your body, to your mood, and to your energy levels.
If you want a list of the best plants for indoor environments for improving air quality, this one by NASA is the one to go with:
http://www.healthyandnaturalworld.com/best-air-filtering-h…/
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So get on it, my friends. You now have some awesome new tools in your tool belt for improving your health, body, and energy levels. Put this knowledge into practice! smile emoticon

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