After about 3-4 minutes without oxygen, the brain can start to get damaged and much longer beyond that, the chance of death is very great. What I am saying is oxygen is very important. Oxygen keeps our cells strong; it helps us fight bacteria and gives us energy.

The problem is not really oxygen; it’s the quality and our ability to utilize it. Our air quality is being filled with many chemicals that are not vital to our body and, in most cases, harmful to us. If you live in a major city, your oxygen is not nearly as clean as if you lived in country side of Montana. Our house air tends to be very poor quality. What do I mean by that? When a house is build, they use a lot of materials with added chemical to improve the integrity of the house or to speed up the building process. These chemicals will slowly be released into your air. Then we have all of our cleaning supplies and furniture that also leaches off chemicals that you breathe in. Air fresheners and candles that smell really good release chemicals that your body now has to get rid of.

Now we see how our air is not that great and we can look at our bodies’ ability to use the oxygen. Millions of people have breathing problems in our country like asthma or COPD. If you have any lung related health problem, it is possible that your body’s ability to uptake oxygen and eliminate carbon dioxide will be affected. This can lead to a lower blood PH, and that is not ideal for optimal wellness. If someone has a lung problem and then we add poor air quality, we have now amplified the problem.

I always suggest to start changing the things that you have control over and that you think are most important for your health. By doing so, you will ultimately be helping yourself, your loved ones, and the global environment. Here are ten tips that help you improve the quality of your air:

  • Eliminate the use of most candles and air fresheners. Instead simmer a pot of cinnamon, cloves or other herbs of choice. You could also use natural alternatives, such as diffusers and vaporizers that rely on pure essential oils instead of chemicals.
  • Keep you windows open as often as you can. Most of the time, the air outside of your house is cleaner than the air inside.
  • Change your heating and cooling filters 2-3 times per year and use a Hepa filter.
  • Buy an air purification for your home, but make sure it has the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers' (AHAM) seal of approval.
  • Eliminate excessive moisture in your home. If need be, use a dehumidifier. Mold can reduce the quality of you air very quickly.
  • Clean your house regularly. Dust mites and animal dander will build up very quickly.
  • Uses non-toxic cleaning supplies that use more natural ingredients or make your own cleaner. Natural brands can be very affective with less risk to your health.
  • Reduce the amount you use your fire place and make sure the ventilation system is of high quality and works properly.
  • When remodeling, choose hard woods over carpet and be sure to use no or low VOC paints and finishes.
  • Move to Montana and live in the woods. Ok, this maybe a far fetch, but if you are thinking about moving, keep in mind the quality of the air and what factories and polluters are close to your new house.