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There is nothing as rejuvenating to the human body as fresh, clean air. Oxygen is the most essential nutrient. We can live a month with food, a few days without water, but only a few minutes without oxygen. Oxygen is crucial for energy production in the body, namely ATP. The body creates almost 20 times more energy with oxygen than without (38 molecules of ATP during aerobic respiration compared to 2 measly molecules of ATP during anaerobic respiration). The 3rd Element of Health The best air to breathe deeply is highly energized and oxygenated air from the forests, mountains, and nature. City air can have as little as 12-15% oxygen compared to 20% in nature. As oxygen levels decline in polluted cities, the reduced oxygen levels cause or worsen feelings of lethargy, ill health, sickness, anxiety, and depression. So, get outdoors into nature and breathe deeply. Unfortunately, the average American spends almost 90% of their time indoors. Indoor air was shown in one EPA study to be 30 times more polluted than downtown Los Angeles. Airborne bacteria, viruses, molds, dust, smoke, paints, solvents, cleaners, detergents, new carpet, new furniture, radon, carbon monoxide, natural gas, and hundreds of other chemicals, pollute our indoor air at home and in the workplace. Mold is one of the worst offenders, and if you have a mold problem, you really need to look into correcting it quickly. Get a good HEPA vacuum cleaner and regularly vacuum under furniture, beds, and dressers to keep the mold down. Another important point is that with every exhalation, 55 gallons or air becomes polluted. It is crucial for good health to always have a window open or cracked to have some access to fresh air. Air/Oxygen Page 16| Abby's Magazine -

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