Are you conscious you are breathing or you don’t even notice? Do you recognize the different air quality? I guess, if you live in a big city or are indoors all the time you probably do, right? This post is another part of Dr Gary Lindner’s series on self-care awakening and will share valuable information and tips.
Air pollution is turning Mother Nature prematurely grey.
How long can you be without air?
It is very difficult to address the concept of Self Care, an Active Wellness Lifestyle or the Wellness Home without addressing Healthy Air. Air quality is one, if not, the major pathway that toxic chemicals and particulates enter our bodies to cause innumerable health concerns.
Global health issue
Air pollution is a global problem of concern to us all. According to Professor Michael Brauer, University of British Columbia, “Air pollution is the 4th highest risk factor for death globally and by far the leading environmental risk factor for the disease.”
Indoor and outdoor poor air quality
Poor air quality air, both outdoors and indoors, is a global environmental concern and is a contributing factor to many health challenges. Air pollution isn’t just experienced in highly populated towns and cities but occurs everywhere. In their book, Invisible Killers, Dr Stewart Lonky and biochemist Rik Deitsch report, “There are over 1460 metric tons of airborne toxins that travel on the jet stream around the world. Because of this, there is no place on the planet that can be considered a pristine environment.”
How can you be proactive?
This is a problematic issue as many times we feel ineffective in helping or improving the problem overall. One way that we can be pro-active is to realize that much of the air we breathe, we breathe indoors. Currently, indoor air pollution ranks tenth among preventable risk factors contributing to the global burden of disease. The air within our homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air even the largest and most industrialized cities according to the US Environmental Protection Agency.
What are the indoor toxic pollutants?
Indoor air pollution can be 2 to 5 times higher than what we are exposed to outdoors. Virtually every household and office building is a potential source of excessive amounts of one or another toxic pollutant – nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, formaldehyde, radon (a radioactive product of radium), sulfur dioxide, asbestos, not to mention the chemicals in hairsprays, deodorants, oven cleaners, paints, pesticides, laundry aids, floor and furniture polishes, glue and, ironically, air fresheners, car air fresheners.
What are the adverse health effects?
Indoor air pollution has been linked to a wide variety of adverse health effects, including headaches, respiratory problems, frequent colds and sore throats, chronic cough, skin rashes, eye irritation, lethargy, dizziness and memory lapses. Long-term effects may include an increased risk of cancer. Though children, the elderly and those with chronic ailments like asthma, allergies and heart and lung diseases seem especially vulnerable, symptoms may also occur in otherwise normal, healthy persons.
Dust, moulds, pollens and other particles in our air can directly impact us through hay fever or other allergies. Improving the quality of our air can reduce the air pollution we experience, as well as helping to reduce airborne transmissions in offices, schools, and other such environments.
Importance of Indoor Air Quality
“Indoor air quality” refers to the quality of the air in a home, school, office, or other building environments. The potential impact of indoor air quality on human health is noteworthy for several reasons:
People living in the western world, on average, spend approximately 90 per cent of their time indoors, where the concentrations of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations. People who are often most susceptible to the adverse effects of pollution (e.g., the very young, older adults, the infirm and people with the cardiovascular or respiratory disease) tend to spend even more time indoors.
More indoor pollutants
Indoor concentrations of some pollutants have increased in recent decades due to such factors as energy-efficient building construction (when it lacks sufficient mechanical ventilation to ensure adequate air exchange) and increased use of synthetic building materials, furnishings, personal care products, pesticides, and household cleaners.
Did you know?
“Cleaning up the air we breathe prevents non-communicable diseases as well as reduces disease risks among women and vulnerable groups, including children and the elderly…”, says Dr Flavia Bustreo, WHO Assistant Director-General Family, Women and Children’s Health.
Air as nature intended
The air in natural settings such as forests, waterfalls, and the ocean has a soothing, relaxing sensation. In forests, the Japanese call this ‘Shinrin-yoku’ or “forest bathing”. This feeling in part is caused by the abundant negative ions found natural environments. Negative ions are particles in the air that carry a net negative electrical charge. Research suggests that negative ions contribute to the sense of well-being that we get from breathing fresh, clean air.
Your indoor solution
The KenkoAir® Purifier is designed to combat allergy and harmful causing particles and enhance the negative ion content of the air we breathe. The KenkoAir® Purifier utilizes an H3 multi-stage Hepa filtration process that eliminates 99.9% of air particles as small as 0.3 microns. The negative ion generator does not produce ozone as seen with many other air filtration systems on the market. Contact me to get one.
An easy solution
We breathe without even thinking, (approximately 23,000 times a day) as such, air wellness is a simple solution for a huge problem that fits into and compliments the Nikken Wellness Home, allowing us to enjoy a more natural, pollutant-free environment. Contact me get the solution in your home or office.
Join the Master Class
Breathing cleaner air is one way we all can be Healthy by Choice. This topic will be included in our next Healthy by Choice broadcast. The class will cover the problem of indoor air pollution, the solution and what and why some choices are healthier than others.
Please join us and invite guests for Air Matter Matters on Tuesday, February 11th at 9 pm Eastern, 6 pm Pacific. Together we can all help anyone Be Healthy by Choice. To Join the broadcast click this link and follow the prompts www.theroyalalliance.com/live see you on Tuesday.
Dr Gary’s wish and mine is for you to BE HEALTHY BY CHOICE.
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