IN YOUR DAILY DOSE: today is research from Simon Fraser University demonstrating air pollution is connected to at least 15 percent of early deaths.
MAKING CHANGES: There are several ways you can reduce your exposure to polluted air, and they’re easy!
FACT OR FICTION: Your blood pressure affects an amazing number of body systems. Here are some statistics that may surprise you!
In The News
Researchers from Simon Fraser University estimate 9 million deaths - or 16 percent worldwide - are premature and related to exposure to air pollution. In their global analysis they found air pollution is at the root of many diseases and is entirely preventable according to the researchers. Diseases that result from air pollution are responsible for three times more deaths than AIDS, TB and malaria combined.
Pollution disproportionately affects the poor and physically vulnerable, such as the elderly and the young. The generation of air pollution is tied closely to agribusiness, poor biodiversity and climate change.
Daily Health Tip
You health is intimately related to the quality of air you breath and water you drink.
While you can’t make a difference as an individual in the lack of biodiversity or the massive amount of toxins poured into the ground, and then the ground water - there are steps you can take to reduce the amount of pollution you breathe in your home and in your car.
- Open your windows in your home for 10 minutes every day, no matter the air temperature outside. Pollution in your home comes from your carpet, your upholstered furniture and the variety of chemicals you use to clean your home.
- Switch to cleaning with green materials to reduce the chemicals you inhale. As you stop using toxic chemicals, remove them from your home as they continue to leak from the bottles. Remember that as you walk down the aisle at the grocery with the cleaners you can smell them - and these are sealed bottles.
- When driving in heavy traffic, shut your windows and turn the re-circulator on in your car so you aren’t drawing air in from the outside. This reduces the amount of car exhaust you breath, which is full of microparticles that are inhaled and are often small enough to go through your lung tissue and into your bloodstream.
- Add plants to your home. They help to filter the air in your home.
I turn to some of my favorite things to help me relax. My favorite tea, snacks, books, and television shows help me unwind.
Sometimes I use nature to rejuvenate. I might stop by a local park or just sit in my own backyard. The beauty of nature helps me overcome the stress, connect to the universe, and feel more alive.
Fact or Fiction?
Your blood pressure affects an amazing number of body systems. Here are some statistics that may surprise you!
The statistics of the number of people who suffer from hypertension, or high blood pressure, are phenomenal. 90 percent of Americans over 55 are at risk for high blood pressure, with women more likely than men to develop hypertension. Half of all women age 60 and over and 77 percent of women over 75 have hypertension. Cardiovascular disease, affected by blood pressure, stroke and diabetes are the three biggest healthcare concerns of people over 60.
Have a wonderful day!
Your Healthy Life America Team