By Lynn Knudsen Copyright Green Health Technologies 2017
Going outside makes us feel much better, relieve stresses of everyday living and improve memory.
We take it for granted that we can go outside when we want to, enjoying fresh air, sunlight, plants and trees – and it generally makes us feel much better, relieving stresses of everyday living. Yet people in hospitals, people in care homes, and especially those with dementia are all too often not able to do this.
There is good evidence that fresh air is essential for our physical and mental health.
Research has shown that the health of people with dementia improve significantly when breathing fresh energized air. Fresh air has been shown to reduce stress levels and increase people’s self-esteem, allowing for activity and sociability.
Of even greater significance for people with dementia, evidence has indicated that keeping the brain properly oxygenated contributes towards preventing or lessening cognitive decline and resulted in significant benefits in their ability to communicate.
Another physical benefit comes from breathing in the fresh air. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board, indoor pollution rates are higher than outdoor rates, so people who spend most of their time inside are at greater risk. In fact, the indoor levels of some toxins range from two to 5 times (and in extreme cases 50-100 times) higher than those outside.
Frances E. Kuo, Ph.D., a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who researches the effects of nature on human functioning, says, “Exposure to the fresh air outdoors also seems to affect the nervous system and the brain actions responsible for our changing moods.”
Pollution, fine particles, and your brain
The bulk of new scientific evidence is pointing toward fine particle pollution contributing directly to dementia and Alzheimer’s. In fact, one Boston University study of 19,000 people concluded that for every additional 10 micrograms per cubic meter of bad air, your brain ages about two years. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claims that the average American spends nearly 90% of their time in an indoor environment. As noted above, indoor air can be many, many times more polluted and full of fine particles than outdoor air. Also, because we breathe in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide, the air indoors rapidly loses the balance between oxygen and carbon dioxide. It gets “stale” and energy depleted. When this happens the mucous which is so necessary in our respiratory systems and is supposed to be thin and clear, thickens and gets sticky!
This thick, sticky mucous can no longer move the pollution and particles we breathe in up to our nose and throat for expulsion. More importantly, this reduces the ability of our lungs to efficiently transfer oxygen to our blood stream where it is distributed to our heart, brain, and other vital organs.
The brain requires about 20% of our available oxygen so when our blood oxygen level decreases, it affects the ability of the brain to function cognitively, get rest, and control many functions of our body. We lose verbal skills, memory functions are lost and we become lethargic.
Fresh air is a quick way to kick your brain into high gear. Research shows that getting fresh air may help everyone, and older people in particularly stay healthy and functioning longer and can help dementia and stroke patients improve memory, social skills and confidence.
Why is outdoor air so much better than indoor air?
There are many factors that make this so. Outdoor air is organic which means it is naturally balanced with both positive and negative ions, has the proper amount of hydroxyl radicals which are “natures scrubbers” that neutralize harmful components, and the prober balance of the natural gases and elements in the air. The biggest and most important benefit of outdoor air is that it is naturally ENERGIZED! It is this energy in the air that helps our body’s immune system function properly and secrete the healthy mucous that our bodies need to function at a healthy level.
Our bodies were designed to thrive outdoors! We all think of outdoor air as being “pure”, it is absolutely NOT pure! There are a variety of things in outdoor air…. there is dust, chemical pollutants, smoke particles, pollen, tiny bits of decaying plant and animals. In addition, animals do their business outdoors and particles and odors from that get into the air. So why is it that our bodies thrive in this air, and why do we feel so good when we are out in fresh air?
The answer is that Nature cleans the air of harmful particles and odors. How does it do that? In our atmosphere, the sun, interacting with the moisture in the air, naturally occurring gases and elements found in the air, and the wind, creates several things that make the air healthy for our bodies. The first thing it does is energize the air and create hydroxyl radicals, peroxides, a balance of negative and positive ions, and other molecules which constantly move through the air and attach to and change the pollutants on a molecular level into new, harmless molecules. Negative Ions cause particulates like smoke, pollen and even very small particles that are the most dangerous to our respiratory systems to clump together and get heavy enough to fall out of the air. The result is air that is clean to the point of being helpful to our bodies and provides the energy to infuse our bodies and immune systems to operate at a healthy regenerative level.
Unfortunately, we spend so much of our time in an indoor environment (and people with dementia, Alzheimer’s, or other disabilities or just advanced age spend all or most of their time indoors) that we don’t get to take advantage of what nature does outdoors. We breathe air that can be downright unhealthful and we suffer from poor sleep, poor mental function, lack of energy, sometimes appetite loss, and reduced immune system function.
So what can we do about it? For years, the answer was air filters, then air “purifiers”. There is an issue with that which is that it is the wrong approach. It only tries to do a part of the job, and doesn’t do that very well.
No filter, not even the best HEPA filters are able to remove the very small (less than 0.3 microns) particles which are the most harmful because they pass right into our respiratory systems out of the air.
The approach to inside air quality which makes the most sense, and is the most effective is to NATURALIZE, NOT PURIFY indoor air! What does “naturalize” the air mean? Well, the dictionary defines the verb naturalize as to “make like nature”.
Therefore, to naturalize your indoor air would be to make it like outdoor air. That means that it needs to have energy (which indoor air, on its own, loses very quickly) and it needs to have the harmful pollutant molecules rendered into something different and harmless, just like what nature does outdoors.
There is a product called the Air Naturalizer™ which does just that! It electronically replicates what Nature, using the sun and natural components found in the air to energize, alter pollutant molecules and take particles out of the air and take odors out of the air. It does all this without filters which need to be replaced or using chemicals or other artificial means to cover up odors. And, like nature does, it kills germs and bacteria in the air and on surfaces.
This small (4½” tall”) device will accomplish this in a space up to 800 Sq. feet. The Air Naturalizer is available as individual units, a two unit system good for 1600 square feet, or a Whole Home System which consists of four units good for 3200 square feet. These multiple unit systems can be placed wherever they are needed to do the job.
The Air Naturalizer “Restores the energy into indoor air to make it act like fresh, organic, outdoor air”
Since it is established that fresh air is so helpful for people who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s, many families and memory care facilities as well and regular senior care facilities are using Air Naturalizers in patients/residents rooms to help them sleep better, have better appetites and be more social. When patients/residents are active and socialize with each other and family they are often happier, healthier and have a better quality of life.
A big plus for the facilities is the odor elimination that these units provide. For these facilities perhaps one of the most important benefits is the germ killing ability. This reduces the rates of illness and infection outbreaks in the facility.
The Air Naturalizer is available from Green Health Technologies. To learn more about this remarkable product visit: http://www.greenhealthtechnologies.com/product/%E2%80%A2airrestore-air-naturalizer-whole-home-system/