Our little green friends, and no I’m not talking about irradiated smurfs (Today). I am of course talking about plants, they convert carbon dioxide, sunlight, and water into oxygen, through a process called photosynthesis. Now, this is an undeniably important role, but it undercuts how essential plants are for our happiness and well being in everyday life. We had existed in an environment full of plants and wildlife for almost our entire evolutionary history, even when we switched over to an agricultural society we were still outside surrounded by plants and animals the majority of the time. Nowadays we spend so much time removed from nature we forget it even exists.
But our biology has not; humans are happier and healthier when in a natural environment. Or at least I hope so because that is the entire premise of this blog. When we are removed from nature our health deteriorates, that combined with the toxin-laden environment that modern life provides for us its no wonder modern people are by and large overweight and unhappy. Why do you think the rates of depression and suicide are so high in our young people. When you are in a time of change and transformation it’s rough, now compound it with the hormone-disrupting chemicals like xenoestrogens, parabens, phthalates, and you have a recipe for disaster. Plants have been proven to increase serotonin and dopamine levels (That makes you happy) along with purifying the environment of those nasty toxins, plus they look pretty.
Now I am not saying go live in a greenhouse, but adding a few more plants to your room and house can have some profound benefits. But it gives you a living creature to care for, and it won’t ever start barking at three in the morning. Now onto which plants to get, it depends on what you are looking for. If you would like to decrease the number of toxins in your environment, then look no further than this study https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASA_Clean_Air_Study Done by NASA about plants purifying your environment, if you don’t want to read the study, basically it’s between two plants for the crown. Bamboo palm removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, but not ammonia and is nontoxic. So if you have any four-legged friends go with this one to keep them safe. If you don’t have any pets go with florists chrysanthemum, they remove everything listed above but are toxic to pets.
If you’re looking for something to brighten up your house any plants that take your fancy will do and they all have benefits of some sort, so get out there and get yourself some little green friends!!!! Again I mean plants, not irradiated smurfs.
Wishing you the best of luck on your journey -Emmit