The Key In Keeping Healthy This Cold & Flu Season May Be In Houseplants

January 10, 2018

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The cold and flu season is taking its toll on the office.  While you should always stay home if you have it there are some who come in anyways or those who are sick but have yet to show symptoms.  So an easy way to protect your health is to populate your work area with houseplants. Researchers have found that our offices are decked out with synthetic furnishings, including partitions made of particle board, vinyl carpet, a particle board desk and a plastic or synthetic office chair. Many of these items are made with irritating chemicals, such as formaldehyde, which leach off over time into the environment. Other harmful chemicals in the office may include benzene, ethylbenzene, toluene and xylene, and even ammonia from cleaning products and they all can weaken your immune system enough for a viruses to come in and take over.  But houseplants act like filters and have been shown to remove many of these irritating chemicals as well as clean the air of mold, dirt and smoke. Plants that have larger leaves do the best job at removing pollutants. For optimal spacing place one medium-sized plant per 4 square feet. Researchers say the beneficial bacteria on indoor plants and in their soil are an important addition to the office, stabilizing the ecology of the built synthetic environment. Not to mention the mental effects of houseplants.  Studies have proven that seeing greenery and nature can help promote greater feelings of relaxation and calmness, which can, in turn, benefit your everyday mood.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

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