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Know how air quality affects your health and some steps you can take to deal with these effects
Modern lifestyles make health more and more affected: few hours of sleep, poor diet, alcohol, cigarette, lack of exercise and some excesses. More and more diseases appear without apparent explanation and the figures for diseases such as cancer and diseases such as cerebrovascular accidents and neuropathies increase. Some people have tried to take a healthier lifestyle as an option. But what to do when the biggest problem is in the same air we breathe?
Leer en español: “Me enferma respirar”: salud y contaminación del aire
Air pollution is one of the main problems facing countries today. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 90% of the population breathes contaminated air. In fact, according to this same source, exposure to fine particles takes seven million lives each year. Those particles enter the lungs and cause severe damage to the cardiovascular system. This generates serious consequences to health and can result in death.
In fact, the problems derived from air pollution are not only from the lungs and the heart. Air pollution generates from problems in the eyes and skin to behavior problems. According to the Psychiatric Association of Latin America, unhealthy environments in terms of their air upset the daily life of people in terms of their quality of life. Due to poor air quality can be affected in the appetite, in sleep and even generate anxiety, depression and irritability problems.
As you can see, air pollution poses a very high environmental risk to health. In addition to outdoor air pollution, air pollution problems are also present indoors. This usually occurs in households where cooking with charcoal or with biomass fuel (wood burning, agricultural residues or animal excrement). This form of cooking produces emissions of elements harmful to health, including methane, and soot, which are not only harmful to human health but also to the 'health' of the planet.
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LatinAmerican Post | Natalí Ramírez-Giraldo
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