Pollution is an unfortunate by-product of our ever-changing society. Air, water and even noise pollution can take a toll on any person’s body, without their knowledge. Fortunately, there ARE ways to fight the effects of pollution in your body, in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. There are also helpful tips to decrease the toxins that are invading your body, which could potentially cause harmful consequences later in life. Here’s what you need to know!
The Consequences of Pollution
Impure surroundings affect the lungs, heart, cardiovascular system, immune system, and organs when dangerous toxins are inhaled, consumed or absorbed by the skin or airways. Respiratory ailments, such as colds, flu, pneumonia, emphysema and bronchitis occur often because of these. The chances of contracting asthma and COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease are also more likely. Tainted environments also contribute to allergies, headaches, migraines, and skin disorders such as eczema, acne, melanoma cancer and premature aging.
Homes can become tainted by various airborne chemicals and pesticides, making breathing difficult. Installing an air purifier in high traffic areas of your home can go a long way to helping out your overall health, because it will clean and purify the air of these toxins.
Water pollution is often the most recognizable, because it affects beaches that people swim in, and ruins once beautiful vistas pretty much every year. Stay away from any water that seems iffy (virtually every river in the US or abroad, and many coastal areas too). Furthermore, be smart when you’re out in the water – don’t litter or spill. If you are an outdoors(wo)man, then fish caught should never be eaten unless boiled, to kill bacteria. It would also be wise to test drinking water in your home, so determine the level of impurities. A filter or purifier can then be installed to ensure healthy consumption!
Well Balanced Diet
Other ways to fight the effects of pollution in the body include eating a well balanced diet of organic food, with an emphasis on fruit and vegetables. These foods contain vitamins and antioxidants that naturally combat and eliminate toxins, as well as repair any damage incurred by free radicals. Fish oil with omega-3 strengthens the immune system and promotes a healthy heart and cardiovascular system. Herbs, such as grape seed, dandelion, milk thistle and alfalfa, assist the body in removing harmful poisons and prevents future invasion too.
Exercise if important, but abstaining from outdoor activities on days with heightened ozone levels is also recommended. A face mask can be worn by those who do not have a choice. Protective clothing should be worn to protect the skin in addition to daily moisturizing. If you’re not sure which days these are, a Google search can help, as will a call to a local public health center.
Pollution is something that surrounds everyone, no matter where they live, work or play. Severe health problems may result from them too, unless certain measures are taken, and the above suggestions can really help. Think of your future health – every step counts!!
– By Tonya Frankel
*About the Author: Tonya Frankel writes about finance, health & boat insurance.