Air

Air is the most important need of our bodies. We can only last a few minutes without it.

What is air?

At the simplest level, here on planet earth, it is also known as the atmosphere and is a mixture of nitrogen (78%), oxygen (21%), argon (1%), carbon dioxide (0.03%) and minute traces of neon, helium, methane, krypton, hydrogen, xenon, and ozone. The atmosphere protects earth’s life forms from harmful radiation and cosmic debris. The ozone layer also protects the earth from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.

“Holes” in the ozone layer, first detected above Antarctica and the Arctic in the 1980s, have caused considerable alarm about the consequences of air pollution.

Oxygen is the most important part of air for us, as our bodies need it to create energy. It is also a constituent of many acids and of hydroxides, carbohydrates, proteins, fats and oils, alcohols, cellulose, and numerous other compounds such as the carbonates, chlorates, nitrates and nitrites, phosphates and phosphites, and sulphates and sulphites.

(NOTE: You may also be interested in the Home Air Purification for Health website)