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A Primer on Why Plants Are Good For You

Did you know that people are indoors up to 90% of the time - and that air pollution indoors is up to 10 times worse than outdoors?

Unhealthy air quality due to poor ventilation is rampant in closed office buildings and industrial spaces. A range of sources cause this unhealthy air - synthetic materials (i.e., carpets, garbage bags, tissues, permanent press clothing), chemically treated materials (plywood, particle board, paneling) and human bioeffluents (the chemicals given off by humans - and we don't mean digestive gases). Many healthy problems including allergies, asthma and respiratory diseases to cancer and neuropsychological problems.

Plants Can Help!

Plants have been proven to reduce the amount of formaldehyde, Benzene, Xylene, Chloroform, Ammonia, Alcohol, Acetone and Trichloroethylene in the air, all of which are being emitted from commonly used office products.

How does this happen? Plants remove toxins by absorbing the pollution through microscopic openings in the leaves and then transport these toxins to the roots of the plants where root microbes biodegrade the pollutants. This biodegrading process turns the pollutants into structures that can be used as a source of food for the microbes and the plant itself. Isn't nature great?

In addition, through the process of photosynthesis, plants give off oxygen, thus creating even more healthful air to breath. Furthermore, plants naturally regulate humidity by transpiring (sweating) depending upon the humidity in a given space. Very high and very low levels of humidity are associated with a number of illness so this natural regulation is a blessing.