Even when it seems nice and clear outside the air we are breathing in may be full of harmful contaminants. In fact 84 potentially deadly contaminants are in the air thanks to coal-fired power plants. Some of the contaminants include arsenic, mercury and formaldehyde. It is scary and according to environmental study I recently read nearly two million people worldwide die due to air pollution. Here a few tips that can help you protect your lungs.
CHECK THE AIR QUALITY -
You can check the air quality around your home by going on airnow.gov. It gives you specific information about your area and if its a bad day then limit the amount of time you spend outdoors. Keep in mind that during the afternoon hours ozone levels are at their peak.
LIMIT THE USE OF YOUR FIREPLACE AND WOOD BURNING STOVE -
These two items are a huge source of particle pollution and will make your area worse.
EXERCISE AWAY FROM HIGH-TRAFFIC AREAS -
You know while exercising you breath heavier then normal, meaning you will inhale more air. So choose a place away from high traffic areas to avoid congestion.
THE BASICS -
Of course you know the basics - don't smoke. It causes chronic inflammation or swelling in the lung and can lead to lung cancer. You also want to get regular check-ups.
WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY -
Washing your hands frequently will help protect you from getting infectious lung diseases like the flu or a cold to name a couple.
DON'T LEAVE YOUR CAR IDLING -
Leaving your car idling causes more pollution, so avoid leaving it idling.