Did you know, according to the EPA, indoor air pollution may be 100 times higher than outdoor pollution levels? And indoor air pollution has been ranked among the top 5 environmental risks to the public. This is why, as a physician; I seek to get a complete environmental exposure history from my patients.
Vehicle and industry emissions from outside air blend with the byproducts of indoor air pollutants, that can make your home toxic. These are the most common sources for health issues from indoor air pollution:
Mold produces antigens, or a substance that can cause allergic reactions, by either contact or direct inhalation. Common symptoms of indoor mold exposure include non-asthmatic coughing, inflammation, allergies, wheezing, headaches and sneezing. These symptoms can be intensified if you live in an energy-efficient home, where ventilation is closed, in a home where there has been water damage or with high humidity and temperatures.
Products Within many of the materials used to build your home, and within your everyday products contain ingredients that are harmful to your health. The fragrances and chemicals used in building materials, candles, makeup, soaps, air fresheners, paints, glues, cleaning sprays and wipes can all lead to asthmatic symptoms and hormone disruption…and our hormones control our vital functions like energy, weight, mood, digestion, libido, appetite and sleep! Think about how many chemical products you currently have and use daily in your house. With every use, you are creating a chemical buildup in your body. Is it any wonder why our health is so affected by our environment?
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Secondhand and Thirdhand Smoke & E -cigarettes Did you know approximately 1 nonsmoker dies from secondhand smoke exposure, for every 8 smokers who die from smoking? The smoke that is released from the end of a cigarette burning and the smoke exhaled by the smoker is what you know as secondhand smoke. There are over 4,000 chemicals created during smoking, that lead towards cancers, respiratory issues, hormone dysfunction and the list goes on. But! even if you are smoking outside, it is your thirdhand smoke that can contribute to these health issues, inside your home. Thirdhand smoke is the cigarette byproduct that lingers on the smoker’s hair, fabrics, carpets and surfaces even after secondhand smoke has dispersed. And those e-cigarettes? Recent tests have verified that they too, release chemicals.
Having clean air is a basic right and is vital for good health. And seeing as on average, we spend 90% of our time indoors, it is essential to consider whether some of your health issues could be affected or worsened by the conditions and materials inside your home.
Besides eliminating these toxins from your home, it is also good to find out whether certain foods are causing bad reactions to your health. The best way to figure this out is by doing my Elimination Diet. Click the link below to get your personal copy for free.
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