As the health craze sweeps across America, more and more people are becoming concerned with their health and deciding to do something about it. We try to eat healthy. Buzz words: vegan, Paleo, fat-free, and good-fats are on the tips of everyone’s tongues. People debate the benefits of the new “Pagan” diet, the cross between a Paleo and vegan, as compared to vegetarianism. Yoga, stationary bicycling, and Pilates classes draw students in like crazy.

You spend tons of time trying to make healthy choices, feel young and energetic, but the moment you arrive to work, your nose reacts to the indoor air and your head and ears begin to feel like its stuffed with cotton. Your eyes start to water and you become so fatigued that checking email becomes an aerobic activity. Basically, you feel like all the exercise and healthy eating in the world isn’t making you feel better.

These maladies are all too common in many workplaces in buildings with sealed windows and no access to fresh air. If you complain to your employer, they are likely to suggest that you are allergic to work. And in a sense, you probably are!

My friend Sam works in a large corporate office. He’s a healthy, 40 year-old guy who enjoys mountain biking, camping, exploring caves and road trips. Sam likes his job and co-workers, but he hates the way he feels after a few hours in his workspace. He gets frequent headaches and he feels like he’s in desperate need of a nap, even after he gets plenty of sleep the night before. These symptoms are beginning to effect the quality of his work.

What Sam doesn’t know, is that most airtight buildings house harmful pollutants, chemicals, and fumes from formaldehyde and benzene emitted from tissues, carpet, gas stoves, plywood glues, plastics, fabrics, wall coverings, foam cushions and furniture. These chemicals contribute heavily to allergy related problems such as brain fog, itchy eyes, skin rashes, drowsiness and headaches.

Fresh air is the most important element to human life, more vital than water. We can go days without water, but only a few minutes without air. If we don’t have decent air, we don’t feel good and we can’t function at our peak work performance.

The best way to naturally improve air quality in your building is to fill it with living plants. Tropical plants beautifully displayed indoors not only create beauty within an indoor space, live plants purify air, so you can’t have enough of plants inside homes and workspaces. Use living plants to decorate your business interior. Make your workspace a jungle that resembles the Amazon, if that’s what it takes to help staff and all occupants to feel alive inside.

Breathing clean air will improve your well-being considerably, making work a more bearable space to inhabit. Plants are also proven to improve people’s moods, uniting humans with nature while you are cooped up inside the workplace.

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