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Optimal Health

December 24th, 2009

Is it possible to attain this in our present world of pollution, destruction, and the total disredgard of God’s wonderful gift of nature?

Before we find out the answers, let us first discover how everything we’re observing in our present world got out of hand.

Our early forefathers enjoyed pure air, pure water, and bountiful nutritious life-giving food. They were also more physically active and in tune with nature. Somewhere along the way, people have forgotten their responsibility to care for the environment and ultimately, themselves.

With the advent of the industrial age comes the increasing pollution in the air we breathe. The smog, cigarette smoke, diesel gas fumes, and chemicals in our home cleaning products and toiletries are absolutely taxing to our immune system. In fact, there’s a condition called MCS or multiple chemical sensitivity in which people react to practically everything (esp. petroleum-based products). People have tried avoiding air pollution by staying indoors. Most people now spend an average of 90% of their time indoors. Unfortunately, indoor air is 20 times more polluted than outdoor air.

So, how do we address this situation? Some of the things that could help include having adequate ventilation in your home/work environment. Try to keep the windows open to allow fresh air to circulate. Having a good filtration system that would eliminate fumes, dust, odors, smoke, pollen, bacteria, mold spores and animal dander help improve air quality even more.

The way we breathe also has a significant influence on the quality of air that enters into our lungs. By practicing slow rythmic breathing, we allow our body to naturally filter the air we breathe. This way of breathing also helps us to maintain emotional stability, remain in a peaceful state of mind, and stay relaxed regardless of external stresses. In Ayurvedic medicine, it is believed that our brain scans all the frequencies of the body when a person is doing deep, diaphragmatic breathing. This process helps establish the mind-body connection, a very important concept lost in today’s fast-paced society.