We often think of heart health as the determining factor in our overall wellness, but we may be missing the mark. Lung capacity s often overlooked, but it may, in fact, be one of the most important predictors of health and longevity.
Chronic lower respiratory disease (CLRD) is the #3 cause of death in the USA. This is a collection of lung diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related issues, including primarily chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) but also bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma.
The famous Framingham study (which followed 5,200 individuals for three decades) demonstrated that the greatest predictor of health and longevity is actually lung volume. Those with higher lung capacity were healthier and lived longer than those with decreased lung capacity.
Many environmental factors contribute to the development of respiratory diseases. The World Health Organization’s 2002 report “Reducing Risks, Promoting Healthy Life” emphasized the importance of environmental factors in lung disease and stated that controlling air pollution and tobacco consumption would be among the most important interventions to promote good health.
We should always start with the air quality where we live and work. This is a good alternative that many people are doing and may not be aware of the benefits.
Filling your home with houseplant is one of the best and easy strategies to clean your house air and to maintain lung capacity.
The best plants found to be the most effective for optimal air quality include:
1. English ivy
2. Spider plants
3. The Boston fern
4. Aloe Vera
5. Snake Plant (mother-in-law’s tongue) and others.
One or two plants won't make that much difference. It is recommended to have many plants throughout your home and work as possible.
Have fun decorating your home with this beautiful plants,
Happy, Healthy, Fun!
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