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Indoor pollution is a thing.

We once thought that leaving our homes (god forbid) would lead us to breathe in all kinds of toxins and pollutants, now you’re telling us that we need to be conscious of air quality inside our homes?

Internal air pollution (as a result of external sources getting in, dirt, dust and mould PLUS the non-so-clean products we are all guilty of using inside) is especially worrisome for those with asthma, allergies and breathing issues. When things get really serious, we can see these symptoms elevated and turn into noncommunicable diseases such as stroke, heart disease – yes, you read that right. In the UK, common indoor pollutants have been responsible for 1,100 deaths a year.

There is clearly a need for clean air. Going overboard on the houseplants and air purifiers on top of your green cleaning products doesn’t make you extra, it makes you smart.

So, do you opt for a houseplant or an air purifier? There is a bit of back and forth on which one is better in purifying and making our air cleaner.

Starting with plants - the most natural option in helping to remove toxins out of the air.

Typically, plants remove pollutants and toxins from the air through their leaves and roots. Depending on the plant, some are better at this than others. The bigger and leafier the plant is, the better it purifies the air.

p> Air purifiers are a bit different.

They do the same job as of plants, removing particles and sanitizing the air. How air purifiers do this is by using several filters and a fan for air circulation. The fan sucks the air from the atmosphere, and it moves through the filters. When the air moves through the filters, these filters capture the nasty pollutants and clean the air.

Once this process is done, the cleaned air is pushed back into the home. 

Likewise, with plants, some purifiers capture and remove particles better than others. There is a long list of different types of air purifiers such as filters, ionizing purifiers, ozone generators, adsorbents and UV light.

Are the two interchangeable? Somewhat. 

Both cleanse the air and make it cleaner. Though they do it differently, they achieve the same outcome. They are also a bit different in terms of the rate they purify the air - plants are a lot slower, whereas air purifiers are a lot quicker at getting the job done. 

However, factoring the cost of your electricity bill where air purifiers are concerned, make plants the cheaper option.

But, as most of us probably know all too well, plants aren’t always the easiest things to look after and really run things on their own terms. If looking after another living thing causes you stress, plugging in an air purifier and letting it do its job may be the better option.

Furthermore, not all plants or air purifiers address all kinds of air pollution. In this way, you have to look a little deeper into what chemicals you want to rid of and find a plant or an air purifier that will address that particular issue.

Either way, having plants and air purifiers is a win-win situation. In combination, they can really work to improve your air quality.

It's just another aspect of your #peakwellness protocol AND both can be helpful in aiding optimal health.



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