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When I was a little kid, I liked to see how long I could hold my breath without bursting my lungs or passing out. My dad and older brother would sometimes time each other and see how long they could hold theirs before they had to gasp for a breath. I even knew someone that liked to hold their breath until they passed out, for the pure fun of it. (It’s actually dangerous and I don’t recommend that.)

What pain do we feel when we hold our breath for a long period of time? It is our cells crying out for oxygen. When our cells are deprived of oxygen for too long, they begin to die. That is why deep breathing and exercise are so important. It helps flush oxygen over all of our cells.

But where does all of this oxygen come from? We breathe in oxygen, but we exhale carbon dioxide. So how is all the oxygen on earth replenished? Look to the trees. Amazingly, trees breathe in the exact opposite way that humans do. Instead of breathing in oxygen, they take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Isn’t it amazing how God created trees so perfectly for our benefit?

Amidst the Trees

Actually, one acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people (U.S. Department of Agriculture). When you’re looking for a home to buy, take that in mind! Living in the country amidst the trees, provides you and your family with a huge boost of oxygen compared to the city dweller.

This is why exercising out of doors is superior to working out in a gym. Inside a gym, many people are exhaling carbon dioxide and the oxygen level decreases every minute. But outside amidst the trees, oxygen is constantly being resupplied.

So, even though some people have contests to see how long they can hold their breath, it’s never a good idea to deprive your body cells from a good supply of oxygen. For better amusement, go for a jog in the forest and picture all of the oxygen washing over your cells, giving them health and vitality.

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