Air pollution may be damaging every organ, and cell in the human body according to new research.
From heart and lung disease to diabetes and dementia, and from liver problems and bladder cancer to brittle bones and terrible skin.
The damage is the result of pollutants causing inflammation that then floods through the body and particles being carried around the body by the bloodstream.
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HEART AND LUNGS
Dirty air enters the lungs when pollution is inhaled. This results in breathing problems, from asthma to lung cancer.
Air pollution can also result in serious harm, not only to the lungs but heart as well! It increases the risk of heart attacks, as arteries narrow and muscles weaken.
BRAIN AND MIND
Strokes, dementia, and intelligence decline are all conditions that affect the brain, which now has been linked to air pollution.
Evidence also predicts that poor sleep can be due to breathing in toxic air.
How does this happen? Immune cells think pollution is a bacterium, they go after it and try to kill it by releasing acids and enzymes (all the good stuff we need to break down food and kill virus’s).
The liver is mostly affected by air pollution, which can cause damaging effects on other organs, as its primary role is to remove toxins from the body.
Pollution is also responsible for cancers in the bladder and the gut, where an increase in IBS has also been found.
Skin and bones can also be affected, along with aging skin, hives and brittle bones.
HOW CAN YOU AVOID TOXIC AIR?
- Limit walking on busy streets
- Limit time spent at traffic hotspots (like traffic lights)
- Exercise in less polluted areas
- Limit the use of cars on polluted days
- Purchase an air purifier for the house
- Keep windows and doors closed when inside