The beauty of working from home is that I can work in my pajamas; however, it also means I spend a significant amount of time indoors, often in my bedroom, office or hotel room, without opening a door or window for days. Those of you who play poker full time, are likely nodding in agreement.
I listened to a lecture on the topic of air quality by Joshua Rosenthal at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition recently, who reminded us that, "We can go weeks without food, days without water, but only a matter of seconds without oxygen." This made me realize that a lot of attention is placed on eating well and drinking more water for optimum health, but what about the quality of our number one, most immediate, vital requirement for survival?
There’s no denying that when you visit a beach or forest, or when you wake up in your own city at sunrise while the air is fresh, there is an instant attraction to the clean air that you take in. Rosenthal explained that when he moved to a region that was dense with thousands upon thousands of trees, he noticeably began to feel smarter. His ideas poured through with clarity, and he became more productive. So perhaps the concept of having a “foggy head” could very well be connected to the fog you’re breathing through that head.
Heavy pollution is an issue in large cities around the world because it decreases the oxygen levels in the air we breathe. However, according to an estimate released by the Environmental Protection Agency, people spend 90% of their time indoors, and that indoor air quality can actually be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air.
According to the NSW Department of Health, air pollution can have a negative effect on the respiratory (lungs and airways) and cardiovascular (heart function and blood circulation) systems. When it comes to everyday activity (which is poker for many of you), it could also be negatively affecting your game. We invest many hours into perfecting our skills at the table, but it's easy to forget about the core basics, such as a good, quality environment, to assist in maximizing our potential.
So, if that sounds like you, then here are some tips on how to improve oxygen intake and the air quality in your indoor space, with many of them thanks to the American Lung Association.
Have you tried any of the above to improve the quality of your indoor space? Please leave a comment below with any experiences you have had that may also help others. Other suggestions are also welcome.
brilliant advice lynnie...some really helpful tips in there
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