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The Benefits of Fresh Air

Lack of fresh air in the human body leads to the following symptoms:
  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness
  • Dullness of mind
  • Irritability
The simple act of getting up and going outside therefore can do wonders to rejuvenate and motivate your body to keep going outside more regularly.

If a person stays indoors too often they will also get more of the harmful effects of tobacco smoke, city smog, re-circulating air in buildings, improper ventilation, exhaust, and many other pollutants.

Now you may think, wait, city smog indoors? Yes. In fact smog particles collect indoors whereas outside they are blown away on the wind and eventually filtered by rain, air moisture, etc. So since it doesn't rain indoors the quality of air suffers as the smog particles collect. (Which brings up a healthy reason to buy an air purifier.) In cities like Toronto where we have very good air quality the smog isn't such a big issue, but that doesn't mean you won't see huge physical and mental benefits from going outside more often.

However going outside regularly gives you many positive side effects:
  • Reduces depression
  • Promotes healing
  • Sparks creativity
  • Acts as a painkiller
  • Reduces fat by introducing more Vitamin D into the body
  • Boosts brain power (more oxygen to the brain)
  • Less Fevers
  • Less Colds
  • Less Lung disease
A lot of this is because the air outside has a higher concentration of oxygen in it. You could try and fix this by having more plants inside your home, to give you a higher oxygen level, but the quick and easy solution is to simply go outside more often and breathe deeply as you go for a walk, jogging, walk the dog, nature hike, bicycle ride, etc.

Fresh air due to its higher oxygen levels helps with many things.
  • Fresh air purifies the blood more.
  • Fresh air soothes the nerves, stimulates appetite, helps digestion, and induces more refreshing sleep.
  • Fresh air invigorates the vital organs and aids the body's defense system in getting rid of an accumulation of impurities and toxins.
  • Fresh air brings life to your skin, and a healthy tan doesn't hurt either.
  • Fresh air influences your mind, imparting a degree of composure and serenity while simultaneously acting as a natural painkiller.
  • Fresh air, especially when we exercise outdoors, will stimulate our appetite, and greatly aid and improve digestion of food.
  • Exercises performed outdoors in fresh air offer increased aerobic benefits. Taking in more clean air helps improves your breathing technique. Better technique increases stamina. More oxygen to the muscles reduces the lactic acid build-up in the muscles which leads to cramping and pain.
  • Oxygen electrifies the whole system, causes the body to be strong and healthy, and will refresh the system.
  • Oxygen has negative ions that are useful in giving electrical energy to the body, especially the nervous system. This will give us a sense of well-being, serenity, and composure.
  • Oxygen kills bacteria as it strengthens your immune system. When the white blood cells are called upon by the immune system to destroy germs, bacteria and viruses, they need much more oxygen than normal.

More oxygen to your brain, more oxygen to your muscles, more oxygen to all your vital organs, more oxygen to your skin, your blood, everything. Everything benefits from fresh air and boosts your health dramatically.

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