Remember that song from the 70s that goes, “All I need is the air that I breathe”? Well, it’s gotten to the point where taking a deep breath can be hazardous to your health!
According to a new report from the American Lung Association, low air quality will shave YEARS off the lives of more than HALF of all Americans… and things are just as bad in the UK, with London being one of the cities with the highest air pollution in Europe.
A recent study reviewed areas in Hong Kong and found that higher air pollution counts increased the risk of dying from ANY form of cancer by 22 per cent.
The numbers get even scarier when you at the cancers individually, with the risk of death increasing by:
- 80 per cent from breast cancer for women
- 42 per cent from upper GI cancers
- 36 per cent from lung cancer for men
- 35 per cent from organ cancer (liver, pancreas, etc.)
Even if you manage to live despite the exposure to all of those toxins, pollution can severely impact your quality of life – causing asthma flare-ups, lung cancer, cardiovascular damage, developmental problems in kids, and fertility problems in adults.
Heavy metal toxicity – like what you’d get from exposure to pesticides or lead – has also been inked to dementia.
Sure, thanks to some regulations, air pollution is getting better… and many of people are doing their part by reducing their “carbon footprint.”
It’s not just the stuff you can see and smell, either. Some toxic gasses are odourless and practically invisible, yet if there’s a leak nearby, they can still sabotage your wellbeing.
So if you want to live longer…without having to wear a gas mask and a hazmat suit… here are some things you can do to breathe easier:
1) Filter: Using a quality air purifier with a HEPA filter can at least limit the toxins you breathe while you’re at home, where you have some control over your air quality. Depending on the size of your home, you may need more than one.
2) Clean: You wouldn’t believe what’s in the dust that sticks to your carpets, curtains, table tops and more. Clean often… and clean well. Try to really capture the dust rather than spreading it around, like with a vacuum.
3) Detox: The reality is you can’t just decide to stop breathing, so that means you can’t keep these toxins totally out of your body. Fight them once they’re in with supplements like a daily probiotic or spirulina. Technically, spirulina is “pond scum”… but the chlorophyll in it helps rid your body of toxins.
An alternative health practitioner can do a thorough evaluation of your exposure level and any damage that’s been done in your body. In severe cases with my patients, I recommend chelation therapy to flush everything out.
Exposure to particulate air pollutants associated with numerous types of cancer, eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-04/aafc-etp042716.php