As more pollution circulates in the air, more and more people are concerned with the quality of the air they breathe, and with good reason. It has been shown that even nonsmokers who live in high air pollution areas suffer with the same kind of symptoms that smokers do. A phenomenon known as secondary smoking.
The pollution in the air decreases the amount of oxygen that can actually get circulated in the blood. A prevalent ingredient in polluted air, carbon monoxide, actually binds with the oxygen in the blood, making it ineffective.
So what can we do?
- Exercise: Exercise strengthens the lungs and provides the system with more oxygen. During exercise, the lungs are trained to breathe more deeply while we increase their ability to expand.
- Good posture: Shallow breathing is often due to tight fitting clothes and poor posture. This causes blood to become impure because there is less oxygen for the system. Consequently, we become depressed, our concentration is lessened, and our digestion disrupted.
- Drink enough water: Water is essential for good respiration. The lungs are 75 percent water and we lose at least one pint of water in our exhaled breath each day.
- Air purifier: For those who drive daily in heavy traffic, a portable air purifier in your car would certainly be of great benefit. There are also purifying units for the home
- Water filter: It is a good idea to get water filter to purify the water that we drink especially in more polluted areas.