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An interesting fact about humans and plants is that, both groups of living organisms are made up of similar cellular components. Eukaryotic cells have genetic material within their cellular nucleus and are the basic unit of plants and humans. In fact, both groups of living things have descended from unicellular nucleated organisms, called protists. Through time, these protists evolved into multicellular organisms to which plants and humans now belong.

Because of this common origin, plants and humans also share similar internal components. First, both contain cell membranes, which are the outer boundary of the cell. This cellular structure limits chemicals and other substances that can enter into the cell. Another structure that is common to both plants and humans is the presence of a mitochondrion. This organelle is often referred to as the “powerhouse” of the cell because it provides chemical constituents that are used for cellular metabolism. Lastly, both plants and animals have a nucleus, wherein DNA is stored. Since plants and humans share a lot of similarities which comes to help in deciding how to look after plants and animals with reference to how we take care of ourselves.

Energy

Humans convert the food they eat into glucose (readily available energy called ATP). Similarly, the plants convert the light energy from sun with the help of water and carbon-dioxide into glucose (readily available energy for plants).

Circadian cycle

In the earlier days when there was no artificial light, people usually considered dark as the signal for sleep. Therefore people went to sleep more or less on the same time everyday which created a pattern called circadian cycle. This cycle is responsible to put people to sleep in the same time every day, to reduce the energy used by brains to think and sleep. Due to this the artificial lights from digital displays can disrupt your sleep as your brain assumes the light to be sunlight. Though every person has a circadian cycle, it was different for different individuals. Similarly, plants do have their own circadian cycle, during the day they absorb sunlight and
sleep at night, when photosynthesis ceases to take place and respiration alone continues. At night, the glucose prepared during the day is rapidly trans-located through the phloem tissue to different parts of the plant and is stored in the form of insoluble starch. Therefore adding artificial lights in the aquarium for more than 8 hours could also disrupt the respiration and sleep cycle of plants as plants do assume it be to as sunlight.

Food cycle

The cavemen never had the opportunity to eat whatever they wanted at whenever possible. These people used to travel the whole day to hunt for food and sometimes make it to nothing. But in today’s world, the unfortunate availability of fast food has made people unhealthy and susceptible to eat more than required without their knowledge. This uneven habit of eating causes many healthy issues like obesity, chronic disease, abnormal brain functions etc. Similarly, different plants have different appetite. As sunlight is the main source of energy for plants, uneven lighting in aquariums can cause health issues like melting of plants due to nutrient deficiency, algae formation due to incomplete food cycle etc.

Diet

The fundamental building blocks of our body is the cells, and every cell in our body is made up of BCAA’s(Branch Chain Amino Acids) a byproduct of protein. This explains the diet that humanshould follow, protein is used by our body to build and repair tissue. We need protein to make enzymes, hormones and other body chemicals and it also an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and also blood. People into fitness and bodybuilding will understand the importance of protein.Therefore, we have to make sure the fishes in the aquarium is also fed with the food that is made up of at least 40% of protein and other Macro-nutrient needed for its healthy lifestyle.

Bacteria-

Gut bacteria, which number more than 100 trillion cells, have more of an impact on our health than medical experts previously realized. Gut is also called the second Brain. But not all gut bacteria are created equal. Among other things, “good” gut bacteria improve digestion, strengthen the immune system, and manufacture the vitamins your body needs. On the other hand, “bad” gut bacteria can cause digestion nightmare, mental problems, skin conditions and all kinds of other problems. A healthy gut isn’t made by trying to rid your body of gut bacteria
altogether. It’s made by balancing the bacteria—limiting the bad guys and encouraging the good guys to grow. Eating fermented food and probiotic rich food can help in creating a healthy gut.

This is true with Nature Aquariums too, these aquariums need healthy bacteria to maintain a healthy environment inside, this is only possible in the absence of bad bacteria. To create this healthy environment, filters (Heart of the Aquarium) is used to filter out the bad bacteria which helps the good bacteria to grow which in turn helps in making the plant look beautiful and healthier.

Detox

Our body is constantly working to dispel toxins and unwanted matter from its various systems. Over time, the body gets run down from unhealthy food choices, alcohol, caffeine, drugs, stress and environmental toxins that are a part of modern day life. When our vital organs are placed under too much pressure and unable to work efficiently, this is when illness and disease can appear. Taking time to cleanse the body and nurture these vital organs goes a long way in prevention, and also has immediate effects- greater energy, clearer skin, better digestion, mental clarity and so much more.
Similarly, plants do need a detox on a regular basis due the presence of ammonia in fecal waste disposed by fishes which affect the health of plants. With aquarium its much simpler compared to human body, simply changing a little water in the aquarium once every week can result in a much better environment.

Conclusion

The bottom line is that, our food, our water, our livelihoods, all come from nature. But we are taking more than our share, and now the fate of our one and only planet that we called home is uncertain. The challenge facing the Mother Nature’s oceans, rivers and forests affect us all, and it’s up to all of us to tackle them.

Just by adapting a few minor changes in our lifestyle and paying attention to what we already carry in our DNA from our ancestors can have a huge impact on our health and the environment. There by ultimately saving Nature is the only way we can save ourselves.
Having a Nature Aquarium makes this possible.

 

 

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