After wearing my mask into Hy Vee the other day, I noticed that upon removing my mask outside, I was compelled to take deep droughts of fresh air. I wondered if I had been subconsciously holding my breath because I had a mask on or if my body instinctively was reducing my respiration because it did not want to breathe in carbon dioxide waste that I’d just breathed into the mask. That started me wondering about the health benefits of adequate fresh air.
First of all, everyone knows we need adequate fresh air intake to be healthy, but we don’t usually think about it. More oxygen intake into the human body by breathing fresh air helps the body by removing toxic waste, improving brain function, improving immune functioning and much more. Combined with balanced diet and exercise, breathing clean air helps keep the immune system in tip top shape. A strong immune system can make the body resistant to common infections and diseases including flu, colds, and cough.
Almost every virus, fungus, parasite, and many bacteria do not thrive in oxygenated environments. In 1966 the Nobel Prize winner Otto Warburg demonstrated that the key condition for the formation of cancer is lack of oxygen at the cellular level.
Even though Dr. Fauchi said on the TV Show 60 Minutes that the great majority of us do not need to wear face masks if we aren’t actively showing signs of sickness, many are required to do so by social pressure or job requirements. Since that is the case, it becomes important to be aware of the value of fresh air and take steps to improve our intake during those times when we can take the masks off.
So to just boost health or to offset the detrimental effects of having fresh air restricted in any manner, it seems wise to consciously take many deep breaths of fresh air when possible as another way to support our own immune system health.
Think of it as a fresh air supplement.
This information is for educational use and not intended to diagnose or prescribe or replace the advice of a health professional. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
Jeanette Barcus, CNHC