Air Pollution Increases Your Potential Risk of Obesity

TuesFeb14CI.jpgIN YOUR DAILY DOSE today are the results of research that has found a link between air pollution and obesity.

IN MAKING CHANGES today are strategies you can use to reduce your exposure to air pollution and reduce the effects on your body.

IN FACT OR FICTION you’ll discover a bit about the black, the brown and the speckled. You’ll find more when you click through to Fact or Fiction!

In The News

Researchers have discovered that lab rats who were kept in an environment replete with the highly polluted air from Beijing experienced both cardio-respiratory and metabolic dysfunctions after only three to eight weeks.

After only 19 days, pregnant rats and their offspring showed dangerous changes in their lungs and livers. These rats also experienced a 50 percent increase in the LDL cholesterol levels and a 46 percent higher triglycerides. These rats also suffered from an increase in insulin resistance and a precursor to type-2 diabetes.

The effects of the air pollution were less pronounced after three weeks than they were after eight weeks. This result suggests that long-term exposure may be needed to generate the continuous inflammation and metabolic changes that increase weight. Senior author and professor of global and environmental health at Duke University was quoted in Science Daily, saying, "Since chronic inflammation is recognized as a factor contributing to obesity and since metabolic diseases such as diabetes and obesity are closely related, our findings provide clear evidence that chronic exposure to air pollution increases the risk for developing obesity, If translated and verified in humans, these findings will support the urgent need to reduce air pollution, given the growing burden of obesity in today's highly polluted world."


Daily Health Tip

You spend a great deal of your time in your home or office each day. You can reduce the amount of air pollution to which you are exposed each day when car for the air in your home and office. There are a few very simple strategies you can use, including staying indoors during times when you are notified that the outdoor air has higher pollution ratings.

Making Changes

Air pollution is present in every major city and even in your home, no matter where you live. Here are several ways of reducing the pollution you breathe in every day.

1. Get rid of the “air fresheners” and fabric softeners you use. Each are loaded with scents that damage your neurological system. They have good smelling scents and other chemicals that reduce your ability to smell.

2. One of the most common indoor air pollution is from cigarette smoke. If you have a smoker who lives with you, ask them to smoke outside. Smoking in any other room of the home distributes the toxic agents through your ventilation system.

3. Household cleaners and chemicals give off toxic fumes. You might not smell them in your home, but they are there. If you don’t believe it, walk down the cleaning aisle in your local store. You’ll smell the chemicals that are emitted from the bottles. The same amount comes out from the bottles in your home too.

 4. Other indoor pollution can be from scented candles, irritating perfumes, allergens, wood-burning stoves and fireplaces, increasing levels of radon and carbon monoxide, and older buildings which are full of asbestos and formaldehyde.

 5. Remove the carpeting in your home if you can. The carpet is full of chemicals to make it fire retardant and traps and keeps dust and dust mites.


My Daily Affirmation

My relationship with food is healthy and I have the desire and willpower to continue this positive mindset. I enjoy being able to leave the old, needy mindset behind.

I recognize the triggers that lead to emotional eating and stop these triggers in their tracks. I am free of food cravings that tempt me to resort to my old ways. I use food to fill my stomach instead of some void in my mind.

Fact Or Fiction?

In today’s fact or fiction you’ll discover some pretty fun facts about bears - the brown, the black and the speckled.

Bears come in all shapes and sizes. Like children, bear cubs are playful. If the play gets too rough, momma bear will stop the roughhousing to stop someone from getting hurt. They are very intelligent, have excellent memory and know how to use tools to play or hunt. Bears form deep bonds with their cubs and siblings. They have been known to grieve for weeks after being separated from their mother or siblings. Most bears live at ground level but can climb larger trees. However, some of the Asiatic bears build their nests in trees.


Have a wonderful day!

Your Healthy Life America Team

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