Open Air

by Celeste Lee

Air is the most essential element needed to sustain life. "The strength of the system is, in a great degree, dependent upon the amount of pure, fresh air breathed." Healthful Living, p. 171. How can oxygen, which is vital for life, help us to regain and retain our health?


Essential to life




The body is made up of cells. Cells in turn make up tissues and tissues in turn make up the organs of the body. Every function carried on by the body is directly related to the life of the cells. Cells need four things to live and function properly. These essentials are:

1) oxygen—without oxygen the cells die in 3 minutes.

2) water—without water the cells die in a few days.

3) nutrition—without nutrients they die in a few weeks.

4) cleansed—their own wastes must be removed promptly or death will result in a matter of minutes or at the most hours.

Oxygen is one chemical essential for the cells to create energy. This chemical reaction necessary to create energy leaves a carbon dioxide waste residue in the cell. This waste must be removed to ensure healthy cells.


Cells require 4 things




Specialized blood cells carry the oxygen, nutrients, and wastes to and from the different organs of the body to keep them functioning properly. When the lungs fill with oxygen the oxygen molecules seep through the walls of the alveoli, tiny air sacs in the lungs, and enter the blood stream. There the oxygen is connected to the outside of the red blood cells which deliver it to every part of the system. It is then assimilated into the capillaries of the tissues and then into the individual cells. The carbon dioxide is then picked up by the red blood cells and taken back to the lungs where it is eliminated from the system. Since the oxygen is carried on the outside of the red blood cells it is important to keep the blood from being sticky (clumping together of the red blood cells caused by a high fat diet) or the veins and arteries from being clogged. If this happens the oxygen cells are no longer able to ride with the red blood cells and an oxygen deficiency results. The importance of oxygen, healthy blood and proper circulation is realized when it is understood that in virtually every disease there is a low level of oxygen in the cells.


Oxygen transported on outside of red blood cells




Every minute five quarts of blood pass through the lungs receiving fresh oxygen and eliminating the carbon dioxide. This diffusion of oxygen and carbon dioxide from the lungs to the blood requires from one pint to one quart of water daily. Thirty quarts of carbon dioxide are discharged through the lungs every hour. Normally the body contains a little more than one quart of oxygen at any given time. An adult inhales approximately sixteen to eighteen times a minute. In each of these inhalations about one pint of air is received into the lungs.


Amount of oxygen in system




The air in our atmosphere is ionized. There are negatively charged oxygen molecules and positively charged carbon dioxide molecules. The more negative charged ions in the air the healthier it is. The outdoor air is negatively charged from the natural ionizing effect of radioactive particles in the atmosphere and the earth's crust. This ionization also occurs from sunshine and the breakup of water droplets by the ocean or near waterfalls. Negative ions are rapidly lost indoors by adhering to walls, air conditioning ducts, and fabric materials. Also, wood burning stoves destroy the negative ions. Therefore to obtain enough oxygen from the air it is necessary to have a continuous supply of fresh air that is negatively charged.


Negative charged ions in air healthier




The benefits that are received from having a constant supply of pure,
fresh air are:

1) Fresh air purifies the blood, imparts to it a bright color, and sends the blood, a life giving current, to every part of the body.

2) Air soothes the nerves, stimulates appetite, helps digestion, and induces sound, refreshing sleep.

3) Oxygen electrifies the whole system, causes the body to be strong and healthy, and will refresh the system.

4) Air invigorates the vital organs and aids the system in getting rid of an accumulation of impurities.

5) Pure air brings life to the skin as for a lack of air the skin nearly dies.

6) But most important air has a decided influence on the mind, imparting a degree of composure and serenity.

7) Some specific problems that are greatly benefited by having an abundance of fresh air are: fevers, colds, and lung diseases.


Benefits received from open air




One of the best ways to receive the benefits from fresh air is to go out of doors into the open air and exercise by walking or gardening. This enables the lungs to expand and be filled with the negatively charged oxygen molecules. "Exercise in the open air should be prescribed as a life-giving necessity. And for such exercises there is nothing better than the cultivation of the soil." Medical Ministry, p. 233. The amount of oxygen taken in by each breath increases by three times the normal amount when walking.


Walking excellent way to obtain air




Fresh air outdoors is essential to health, but just as important if not more so, is the necessity of a constant supply of pure air indoors. Since the lungs not only expel carbon dioxide but also other waste matter, if this indoor air is not replaced by negatively charged oxygen, it becomes poisonous and causes, among other things, sore throats, lung diseases and liver complaints. This is especially true at night when sleeping in a closed room. Unless there is a supply of fresh air a person will awake unrested and irritable.

It is necessary to breathe properly in order for the lungs to be filled with enough fresh oxygen to function properly. When breathing correctly the lungs expand and the diaphragm pushes down into the abdomen. This in turn causes the lower abdomen to extend outward. It is simple to check and see if the breathing is proper. Stand erect yet relaxed and take a breath. Does the lower abdomen extend as the lungs are filled and then return as the air is expelled? It maybe necessary to practice this correct way of breathing until it becomes a natural habit.

Pure, open air is so available and free, and it works wonders for the health of the body. Let us put as much fresh air as possible in our system so we may reap the healthful benefits that God has placed in the atmosphere surrounding us.


Fresh oxygen indoors essential







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