Air is the free blessing of heaven, calculated to electrify the whole system.

Ellen G. White

The body’s most essential resource is air. More important than food or water, proper breathing and pure air are fundamental to good health. A human being can survive several days without food, a few days without water, but only a few short minutes without air.


Every cell must receive a constant supply of oxygen. Red blood cells pick up the oxygen from the lungs and carry it to all the cells of the body, then they carry the carbon dioxide back to the lungs to be breathed out. When exercising, up to 26 gallons of air is moved in and out of your lungs per minute – but only about 1 gallon at rest.  Exercise will increase the circulation of oxygen-rich blood cells to all areas of the body.  Your energy level and sense of well-being will improve.

  • Open your windows and let in the fresh air!  Sleep with an open window whenever possible.
  • Exercise in the fresh air to strengthen your breathing muscles and increase your lung capacity.
  • Practice good posture habits. Sit up straight with your shoulders back. You will be able to breathe deeper.
  • Concentrate on breathing deeply. Stop several times a day and take a few slow, deep breaths.
  • Keep some live houseplants. They remove pollutants and replace carbon dioxide with oxygen.

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