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WHY You Need a Proper Air Filter to Survive Indoors

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Our review this week will be of the Air Oasis iAdapt HEPA UV Air Purifier based on our personal experience.

In early 2021, we discovered a substantial amount of water leakage from our AC Unit, leaking into the back walls towards the basement bathroom. This leak ended up tracking mold and mildew throughout the entire house via air circulation. We felt fatigued without any apparent reason due to the poor air quality. Lately, we have not felt that fatigue as much. 

To make matters worse, it was becoming hot and humid outside, which Virginia is prone to. This led us to purchase a couple of GE dehumidifiers. If you haven’t used dehumidifiers for basements, bathrooms, or leaks, they come in very handy. We then proceeded to open the walls behind the AC unit. Puddles of water were exposed so we placed 2 large dehumidifiers on opposite sides of the opened wall. The dehumidifiers really dried everything out and allowed us to get in there with our own homemade “anti-mold spray” (oregano oil P73 super strength blended with various natural ingredients). 

We sprayed our formula every few hours and kept the dehumidifiers running. The main issue was that the moisture (and mold in it) had been circulating throughout the entire house via the AC unit for months, if not years. Finally, We ended up purchasing a few Air Filter/Ionization systems from both Air Oasis and also Hypo Air (Commercial Line).

The World Health Organization lists air pollution as the single biggest environmental threat to public health in 2019. Indoor air quality can be as much as 100x more toxic for people than outdoor air. This is particularly concerning because we spend 90-95% of our time indoors and because energy savings initiatives have effectively sealed contaminants in. 

If you’ve read our blog posts in the past, you’ll notice a common theme focusing on eliminating or mitigating stress-causing factors, as well as implementing habits that make your body feel more energetic (create a lasting anti-stress state in the body’s physiology). The air indoors is simply environmental stress that we were unaware of for many years. Just like with electromagnetic frequencies, we can’t really see it, touch it, or hear it, so we tend not to take it seriously. 

In reality, air quality should be a top priority to anyone wanting to improve their health or help reduce stress-causing factors in his/her life. 

Symptoms of Unhealthy Indoor Air 

  1. Eye, stuffy nose, and throat irritation
  2. Headaches, loss of coordination, and nausea
  3. Liver damage, kidney, and nervous system disorders
  4. Lung cancer, and other cancers in humans.
  5. Allergic skin reaction (acne, eczema, psoriasis)
  6. Chronic Fatigue, dizziness
  7. Weakened Immune System
  8. Digestive Problems (Microplastics)

Although you might not see any of these symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are not forming right now. As stress specialists, we want to inform you of as many factors that could be holding you back from unlocking your body’s potential. 

Simple Solutions

  1. Increase airflow by opening windows/doors when possible to allow for outdoor air to come inside.
  2. Do not store opened containers of unused paints and similar materials around your environment.
  3. Bring nature indoors. Keep house plants throughout your environment, especially where you sleep.
  4. Get outside more!
  5. Use activated charcoal packs around the house/car.
  6. Invest in a high-quality HypoAllergenic Air Filter 

What We Chose

After Using The 2 Dehumidifiers, We Purchased a Few Items From Both Hypo Air & Air Oasis.

whole house air purifier

The first order was a Whole Home Polar Ionizer (HVAC Installed) This device was installed by our HVAC serviceman at the same time he came to check and fix the leak from our AC unit. 

The second device we ordered was a couple of Commercial AO3000 Xtremes, which are effective against heavy odors and carbon-based contaminants. Although they are not actually filters, we love them in combination with either an iAdaptAir or an Air Doctor. 

IonicAir™ UV Purifier
boomerang

The next air purifier we purchased was the UV Boomerang 2500. This one is practically the same model as above but contains Polar Ionization technology, unlike the AO3000 Xtreme.

Our favorite air filtration unit we purchased was the iAdaptAir HEPA UV Air Purifier. The full spectrum air purifier is ozone-free for optimal indoor air quality. It contains a high-quality HEPA filter, carbon filter, UV, AHPCO, and Bi-Polar technologies that eliminate pollutants, allowing you and your family to breathe easily year-round. Honestly, it is the full package!

The Air Doctor is another phenomenal device that we will be reviewing soon. 

What to Look for in an Air Ionizer?

Simply put, the most crucial function of an air ionizer or air purification system is to provide cleaner indoor air. However, some air purifiers have many bells and whistles that mean nothing more than a feature or extra bonus.

The question is, what are the ‘Must-Have’ Features required for an optimal Air Ionizer?

  1. Air ionizers must have the correct rate of ion production per hour, relative to space size.
  2. Air ionizers must have adequate emission of negative ions to deactivate contaminants in both the air and on the surfaces.
  3. Air Ionizers must have ionization technology that produces effective negative ions without excessive ozone production.

Bonus Features:

  1. Both small and large square foot capabilities.
  2. Maintenance reminders/alerts
  3. Multiple fan speeds
  4. Silent or quiet.

One thing to mention, if you are concerned about the spread of the R0NA, then you will be pleased to know that there are several studies showing the efficacy of these Air Ionization/Air Filtration units against fighting R0NA. Check out these studies here!

We chose to buy multiple Air Oasis HEPA Air Filtration units because, in a world of air filtration, a HEPA filter is synonymous with quality. It’s almost a no-brainer in our opinion. High-efficiency particulate (HEPA) Filters can theoretically remove 99.97% of dust, pollen, mold, bacteria, and any airborne particles that are at least 0.3 microns in size.

HEPA filters work by trapping contaminants. Air purifiers draw in air and push it through the fine pleated HEPA filter. Clean air passes through tiny openings in the HEPA filter, but pollutants get trapped. People who choose to use an air cleaner with a HEPA filter must periodically clean and change the filter to maintain efficacy. 

The Air Oasis HEPA unit also contains Activated Carbon Filters, which are another popular type of filter used in various air purification systems. Most people do not realize that activated carbon filtration can trap particles even smaller than those captured by HEPA filters, a useful characteristic for anyone worried about small particulate matter pollution. This type of filter works especially well at trapping gasses, smoke, VOC’s and viruses. 

What’s the Difference Between an Air Ionizer vs an Air Filter?  

Ionizing air purifiers clean the air by emitting negative ions that interact with contaminants in any indoor space. An air ionizer can even emit negative ions that attract airborne particles and cause them to drop from the air. For this reason, ionizing air purifiers are very versatile and do not need filter replacements or specific positioning to work efficiently. However, some ionizing air purifiers are also ozone generators, so it’s important to research how much ozone a specific air ionizer produces.

For us, we chose to purchase a few air ionizers and air filters. Luckily, you don’t have to choose; filtration and ionization work extremely well together. That’s why Air Oasis offers the iAdaptAir: a smart air purifier that provides the full spectrum of air purification, including HEPA, carbon, UV, and ionization technologies as we discussed earlier.

Instead of focusing on “g3rm$ and [email protected]@”, (excuse the algorithm word changes) what we should be concerned about is being exposed to various chemicals from our environment. Whether it be aerial pollution, pesticides/chemical sprays nearby, exhausts, VOCs, smoke/gas, even high humidity in dark places, allergens, odors, microplastics, and other tiny synthetic particles, we are constantly surrounded by environmental pollutants.

That being said, let’s summarize WHY WE want to filter our environment.

  1. Microplastics (Polyester Fibers, Micro Shards, & Etc.)
  2. VOCs (Paints, Chemical Finishes & Etc.)
  3. Gasses, Exhausts, Smoke, Industrial Pollution
  4. Aeroallergens 
  5. Chemical Sprays (From Military Planes, Various Pesticides & Etc.)
  6. Hydrogen Sulfide
  7. Mold and Yeasts (Too Damp, Dark, Lack of Circulation)
  8. Pathogens

Reminder, it’s best to not live in constant fear of being exposed to “tiny little particles”. We do what we can, but we don’t sweat the small stuff per se. Of course, when working even with “natural” powders such as diatomaceous earth or a fine magnesium hydroxide source, it can also be highly beneficial to mask up and turn on a HEPA air filter. 

We all should know by now that fear is the most powerful weapon anyone can harness and use against someone. Fear through the media, family, doctors, etc. There are two extremes to the spectrum, living in fear, and then living in a fantasy land assuming none of this will affect you through the power of your imagination or thoughts. 

Why do I bring this up? Through thousands of clients & conversations, a good chunk of them (roughly 35-40% perhaps even more) thought none of this “health awareness stuff” would affect them, and they just wanted to work out. This was always their mindset, and they ended up always being the unhealthiest, stressed, tightest, and most tense clients I have ever worked on. Every single time. 

There are many self-help gurus that preach this, yet do not cover any aspect of lifestyle/environmental health awareness. This is simply living in “bliss” through ignorance, but it is only a matter of time before it catches up with you. You can only ignore your problems for so long. Perhaps through divine intervention and intense praying, we could transmute the damaging compounds and make them beneficial instead, but that is not within our power but through Christ alone. Of course, worrying about it without any action won’t help. Regardless, this “mind over matter” logic does not hold up when you begin to dissect it. 

As a human, you were designed to inhabit an environment with clean air, clean water, and clean food. We live in a compromised & polluted world where toxicity (not just microbes) is everywhere and in everything. Your lifestyle, your environment, especially your air quality are far more important than you think. In fact, most of your symptoms could be from your immediate environment, so take note and become empowered to change your environment both inside and out.

Example: People with inflammatory bowel disease have 50% more microplastics in their feces. Many studies have shown this already. Previous research has shown that microplastics can cause intestinal inflammation and other gut problems in laboratory animals, with newer research further investigating the potential effects on humans. (The Guardian

Most people do not have a clue that microplastics could very likely be the #1 negative influence on the state of their gut health. Microplastics are everywhere; we live in a plastic world. Would you tell someone that had recurring gut pains, or dysfunction in their digestive system that it is all in their head, and if they change their attitude they will magically heal? They didn’t even know about the poor food choices, their poor environment, air quality, or even the amount of microplastics they ingest/breathe in on a daily basis in the first place. So how would changing their thoughts alone heal something they never even knew the root cause about? 

Quick story. When I went on vacation around 2020, I ended up staying at a hotel with a F!V3 G tower placed roughly 50-75 feet from the room I slept in. I kept the windows open all day to at least let in some fresh air. While staying at the hotel, I was aware of the stress present, yet I didn’t let it scare me. I even slept through the night, but I noticed that the next day I had a long migraine, like one I had never experienced before, as well as poor sleep caused by the environment. Instead of pretending my symptoms weren’t real or trying to think them away, I decided to take action, leave early and go home. It wasn’t worth my health.

Positive thinking and awareness are important and can help you, but (for your survival) it is also crucial to be aware, not live in fear, and observe your environment. The awareness is not to become neurotic, but again, aware. 

Christ teaches us, “My people die for a lack of knowledge.” We understand this context is more of spiritual death, but the body/spirit connection seems to be mirrored. The wrong type of fear does bring illness to the body, but knowledge and awareness are the keys to your health, and salvation for that matter, and being ignorant to it only brings more suffering upon yourself. 

Another point to make is that most humans are not present enough, let alone in tune enough, with the sensory feedback their body provides in order to determine if what they are doing is healing them or further degrading them.

Below are a few studies explaining the number of microplastics tested through not only our water supply but our air supply as well.

According to Kosuth et al., 81% of 159 samples of tap water from all over the world had microplastic; the mean concentration was 5.45 particles per liter. [Source]. The lowest microplastic particle count measured in a sample of tap water in China was 440/L. There were primarily small fragments of PE and PP composed of at least 50 μm (followed by fibers and spheres) [Source]. This means there were tiny little particles of nano-plastics in large quantities. 

Human exposure to microplastics is not just found in our water supply and food, it also occurs through inhalation. Microplastics are present in the indoor and outdoor air [Source]. The sources of airborne microplastics have been reviewed recently [SourceSource]. Synthetic textiles, the erosion of synthetic rubber tires, and city dust are thought to be the most important sources of airborne microplastics. Fibers were the dominant shape, and PP, PE, PS, and PET were the dominant polymer components of microplastics in atmospheric fallout. Individual human exposure by inhalation has been estimated at 26 to 130 airborne microplastic particles a day [Source].

Numerous animal studies have shown that exposure to nano- and microplastics leads to impairments in oxidative and inflammatory intestinal balance and disruption of the gut’s epithelial permeability. Other notable effects of nano- and microplastic exposure include dysbiosis (changes in the gut microbiota) and immune cell toxicity. Moreover, microplastics contain additives, adsorb contaminants, and may promote the growth of bacterial pathogens on their surfaces. They are potential carriers of intestinal toxicants and pathogens that can potentially lead to further adverse effects.

Final Thoughts

We are being exposed to more toxicity (chemicals, plastics, metals, pollutants, etc.) than ever before in history. Through industrial pollution, fake food, fake water, fake air, construction, mass consumerism, chemtrails, and companies that only care about profit margin, it’s no wonder that we are sicker than ever before. Our modern medical system focuses on pathogens, when the issue is the environment they treat under, that we live under, work under, sleep under, and the assumption that the world is infested with pathogens so we are in dire need of constant sterilization. 

People have virtually placed themselves in a plastic bubble and are focused on sterilizing the very germs that heal us and build up natural immunity, all the while remaining completely oblivious to the extremely toxic and oxidative chemicals that they are literally bathing themselves in, sometimes throughout their entire lives.

We must not choose to live in fear, but we also must take control of our health through prayer, awareness, knowledge, and of course immediate action. Manage what you can, and don’t sweat what you can’t. We are always here to support you through your health journey. 

God Bless You All.

References

  1. https://particleandfibretoxicology.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12989-020-00387-7
  2. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/dec/22/microplastics-may-be-linked-to-inflammatory-bowel-disease-study-finds
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8491431/
  4. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0048969721024360
  5. https://doi.org/10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0194970
  6. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=32199168
  7. https://doi.org/10.1016%2Fj.coesh.2017.10.002
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  9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=31753503
  10. https://www.airoasis.com/pages/ionic-air-purifiers
  11. https://hypoair.com/technology/

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