Protecting Yourself from Pollution
It’s simply a fact that in today’s world, we will be exposed to any number of pollutants. No matter where you live or what you do for a living, the ability to avoid toxins is nearly impossible. So if we can’t avoid it, how we can ameliorate the effects? Read on to find out.
How Serious is the Problem?
According to the EPA report on air quality, there are six major categories of air pollutants. They are carbon monoxide (CO), ground level ozone (O3), lead (Pb), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), particulate matter (PM) and sulfur dioxide (SO2). In the past several decades, the EPA has reported a trend in the decrease of these levels – but that doesn’t mean the problem has been solved. Far from it. Although reductions in toxic levels represent a positive trend, it does not reduce risk to the environment and to human health.
The United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that the root cause of more than 80% of all illnesses are found in personal environments or lifestyles. People who live in urban areas are constantly exposed to toxic substances such as automobile exhaust gases, dust, toxic particles in the air, and other sources.
What can happen when the human body is continuously exposed to pollutants? As the level of toxins builds up, the body’s immune system responds by producing inflammation. Such inflammation is in turn linked to the top 60 degenerative diseases.
How to Protect Yourself
You could move to a completely uninhabited island far, far away from the mainland of a major continent, but even there you will likely encounter some airborne pollutants. So the best defense is a good offense.
For those who live in a major urban area, it is a good idea to download a free American Lung Association State of the Air app for your smartphone. If you can avoid going out of doors when the air quality is going to be particularly unhealthy, it’s best to do so. Exercise indoors on those days. To help your lungs, avoid places where people are allowed to smoke indoors and limit fireplace or wood-burning stove usage.
Detoxification is important because it strengthens the body’s immune system and helps the body’s biochemical processes function efficiently so that we are not taken toward inflammation. Periodic infrared detoxes may represent a very efficient way to rid your body of the toxins it absorbs during the course of a normal day. Immersive IR detoxification is based on the action of heat waves to penetrate the skin and aid in the removal of toxic substances within one’s sweat. Ridding the body of these through such a detox may help relieve symptoms, prevent future illness and increase overall health and vitality.
Using FIT Bodywrap® for detoxification could be much more effective than other methods. Research has shown that immersive infrared use generates sweats containing 15-20% solids (i.e. cholesterol, fat & fat soluble toxins, acids, salts and heavy metals) compared to only 3-5% in traditional saunas or through regular exercise.
We may not be able to avoid exposure to pollutants in the air, but we can take steps to lessen the effects. Stay indoors when the air quality is particularly bad and schedule regular FIT Bodywrap® sessions to help your body rid itself of toxins more efficiently.