By themaclean, Nov 15 2016 05:26PM
As I have COPD, trees are very close to my heart and lungs. I’ve always loved them, starting with a huge mulberry tree we had when I was very young in what is now Zambia.
Over the years I had many tree houses culminating in a large one I built for my four lovely children. It came complete with a shed, stockade, underground bunker and death-slide.
I have another, more practical reason for loving trees.
Trees produce 30% of all the oxygen in the world, algae and other marine plants produce the rest.
According to the Arbor Day Foundation, "a mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year."
They went on to state that, "A single mature tree can absorb carbon dioxide at a rate of 48 lbs./year and release enough oxygen back into the atmosphere to support 2 human beings."
So what does oxygen do for us?
Oxygen is our life force. We can only live a few minutes without it.
1. 90% of our energy comes from oxygen. Only 10% comes from food and water.
2. Detoxifies the blood.
3. Strengthens the immune system.
4. Neutralises environmental toxins.
5. Destroys infectious bacteria, parasites, microbes and viruses.
6. Enhances the body’s absorption of vitamins, minerals, amino acids,
proteins and other important nutrients.
7. Increases brain function and memory.
8. Enables the brain to process billions of pieces of information every second. 9. Strengthens the heart. Increased oxygen delivery to the heart lowers the
resting heart rate and strengthens the contraction of the cardiac muscle.
10. Is a vital requirement for health, vitality, physical stamina and endurance.
A lack of oxygen has been pinpointed as a cause of, or a factor contributing to our almost epidemic rates of cancer, heart disease and immune system malfunctions.
About 300 million years ago, oxygen levels reached 35% of the Earth’s atmosphere and remained that way until a few hundred years ago. Today it is only 21%!
This decline is caused by a number of factors, including, toxic gases and pollutants from industrial factories, exhaust fumes, pesticides, an increase in pollution, and deforestation.
We may not be able to much about most of them, but we could all do something about trees.
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