Do you suffer from allergies & asthma?

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75% of Americans live with someone who suffers from respiratory illnesses. Do you suffer from allergies and asthma?

Respiratory illnesses (allergies and asthma) affect more Americans than any other disease. Yet, for the most part, we go about our daily lives breathing 5 to 10 times a minute without one thought about what’s in the air we breathe.

To help you understand the magnitude of this reality, we should clarify that the average person—when at rest—breathes about 340 cubic feet of air each and every day, which is equal to 2,543 gallons of air . . . daily! Just take a moment to consider that most of us struggle to drink 8 measly glasses of water a day, while in breathing (without even thinking about it) we are inhaling and exhaling almost 41,000 8-oz. glasses in that same 24-hour period. Over a year’s time, you will “consume” 142,000 cubic feet of air. Amazingly, this is equivalent to all of the air contained in 9 typical Minnesota homes. So . . . do you think you ought to be concerned about what’s in all that air?

Do you know?

Health complications from air pollution include asthma, coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, lung inflammation and susceptibility to infections. In fact, 75% of Americans live with at least one person who suffers from asthma, allergies or other respiratory illness. That’s 3 from your next foursome on the golf course . . . or about 9 of the 11 hometown players on the field at the next high school football game.

Outside air pollution can cause a variety of environmental effects such as acid rain, haze, ozone depletion and forest damage. When it comes to a healthy outdoor environment, how’s the air quality in your city? Do you even know how to find out?

The American Lung Association offers some useful information on the “State of the Air.” Click on this link to find more information on air quality in your neighborhood. This website also provides detailed information on 2 critical elements of air quality: ozone pollution and particle pollution. Click on each article in the link above; you’ll find them in the list at the top left of the home page.

Ozone Pollution

Read the whole the article yourself for all the details, but consider this compelling statement in the meantime: “The most widespread pollutant in the U.S. is also one of the most dangerous. Hundreds of research studies have confirmed that ozone harms people at levels currently found in the United States. In the last few years, we’ve learned that it can also be deadly.” I will be delving into this area in more detail in future posts.

Particle Pollution

Again, the American Lung Association has a lot to say when it comes to particulate matter in the air. According to their website, it can increase the risk of heart disease, lung cancer and asthma attacks and can interfere with the growth and work of the lungs.” This is another subject I’ll cover in greater detail in future posts.

Once you began to understand the nature of this topic, awareness and knowledge will give you the ability to take action. Air quality is reported in nearly every city in the US. If you live in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, follow this link to AIRNow for daily information. We recommend that you check the data reported and monitor it—for your own health, and for that of your family and pets. It’s important to realize that animals are seven to ten times more sensitive than humans. Now you know the rest of the story and why Paco has so much interest in what Life’s Pure Balance is doing.

Hoping you’re breathing easy and living life to the fullest,

Gene Wood, Life’s Pure Balance

References

American Lung Association. (2013) Ozone Pollution. Retrieved from http://www.stateoftheair.org/2013/health-risks/health-risks-ozone.html

American Lung Association. (2013) Particle Pollution. Retrieved from http://www.stateoftheair.org/2013/health-risks/health-risks-particle.html