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Indoor Air Quality and Houseplants: The Correlation

By Brandi Goodman 

Houseplants do far more than simply add to the decor of the home. They provide numerous benefits to your well-being, including improving air quality. There is a significant correlation between indoor air quality and houseplants that should be known before you start choosing which ones to put inside.

They Take in Toxins

Toxins are everywhere. They're also dangerous to your health. You may not even realize just how many toxic substances you have on every surface around you. Chemicals you use for cleaning, lead and metals in paint, and even personal hygiene products can all have harmful substances within them. Certain plants work to remove these toxins from the air. They draw them in so you do not get stuck breathing them. Ivy is a popular plant that boasts this benefit.

They Filter Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde may be found in the home for several reasons. One of the biggest culprits is tobacco smoke. If you or a person in your household smokes cigarettes, then having a plant that works to filter formaldehyde is crucial. The Dwarf Date Palm is one of those plants. Aloe vera provides this benefit as well. You'll breathe easier and help reduce your risk of nose and throat cancer by having this plant in your house.

They Beat Benzene

Benzene may be found in certain glues, paint strippers, cleaning products, and even tobacco smoke. Breathe in the fumes from Benzene and you're likely to experience a weakened immune system and problems with your blood. Certain plants can beat Benzene, such as the peace lily. It's an easy plant to care for that only requires a weekly watering. It can also be kept in low light.

They Curb Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is emitted by many household appliances. It can cause poisoning if you breathe in too much of it. Some plants curb carbon monoxide, making the air in your home safer for you to breathe. Areca palms help with this. They're even safe for pets, making them an ideal choice for many households. 

Choose your houseplants wisely and you may just get to experience better indoor air quality than you've ever had. The right plants can take toxins out of the air and prevent you from breathing in harmful chemicals. They'll help to keep your airways clear, your lungs working well, and your eyes and nose free from irritation.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Santee, Calif.

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