8 Laws of Natural Health:
F R E S H A I R
And God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. Genesis 1:5-8.
The firmament was the open space between Heaven and Earth. It was to serve as a canopy that protected the Earth from the intense radiation and heat from the sun. And up until the time of the flood there was a perfect environment for man, animals and plants.
The firmament, or atmosphere, is composed of air. In the beginning the air was made up of, maybe as high as thirty-two to thirty-four percent, oxygen. Today it is down to nearly half that figure at somewhere around eighteen percent. In cities like Los Angeles, New York and Chicago on a hot summer day, you will find that the oxygen level can be as low as eight percent.
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Genesis. 2:7.
Before Adam had eaten any food, or drank from the pure waters of his Eden home, God breathed air that was filled with life from Himself, into the nostrils of Adam. From that moment on, man would need to breathe in order to live. The apostle Paul stated, He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things. Acts 17:25.
Without breath there cannot be life. Many people believe that when we die our "souls" live on outside our bodies in a spirit form. The Scriptures teach that life does not exist outside the body. When we die our breath returns to God, and our bodies return to the ground from which we came. But God has a complete record of our identities, memories, and characters, and upon death, we rest, awaiting the resurrection.
Man has to have oxygen in order to have life; without it no life could exist. Regretfully, sin entered this world, this perfect world which God had created. At the end of the flood the firmament or canopy was changed. This protection which was once around the earth was withdrawn or removed. At that time we started losing oxygen.
Fresh air is an essential part of life, and we cannot live very long without it.
Glucose (simple sugar) and oxygen are the two essential life elements needed moment by moment for our brains to function. In some ways our cells can be compared to a car engine, which needs fuel, oxygen, and electricity in order to have combustion. This gives expansive power to the pistons to turn the crankshaft, which will then turn the drive train of our cars. When the Creator designed the cells of the body, which are billions of "little motors," he made them to function on fuel--food and oxygen. When these are combined with enzymes, which act as a catalyst, a chemical reaction is released between the fuel and oxygen, resulting in energy production within the cell. This in turn gives the cells the ability to perform their individual tasks in the various body tissues that make up the muscles, organs, blood, and bones. All this energy that is released is under normal body pressure and temperature, unlike a gasoline engine that develops thousands of pounds of pressure and temperatures of 1000° or more. This cell energy production is called metabolism.
When God created this wonderful process of metabolism to produce physical energy and perform body functions, He purposed that the oxygen we breathe would be free! Originally Adam did very little work for his food, but after the fall he had to labor by the sweat of his face as he grew his own food. Oxygen is a very important component of life. Fresh air is a free gift that we need to breathe liberally. Fresh air will give us the following benefits:
- Oxygen for cell metabolism, and as we exhale, carbon dioxide (cellular waste) is breathed out.
- Oxygen has negative ions that are useful in giving electrical energy to the body, especially the nervous system. This will give us a sense of well-being, serenity, and composure.
- Oxygen kills bacteria as it strengthens the immune system. When the white blood cells (WBC) are called upon by the immune system to destroy germs, bacteria and virus, they need much more oxygen than normal.
- Fresh air, especially when we exercise, will stimulate our appetite, and greatly aid and improve digestion of food.
The Creator has given us a set of lungs with which to breathe fresh air. Under normal conditions we inhale about 15 to 18 times a minute and much more during heavy exercise. Each minute approximately five quarts of blood pass through the lungs releasing carbon dioxide and absorbing oxygen. Our skin is the secondary organ of respiration. People who have had serious burn injuries over most of their bodies, or people who paint their entire body can actually suffocate from lack of oxygen through the skin pores.
Nothing can supply fresh, oxygen-rich air like regularly getting out in nature.
Condensed from an article by Dr. Michael Casey and Ashley Cunningham