We all know that air pollution is bad for our health. But just how bad? Air pollution is actually linked with some pretty serious and shocking health hazards and risks.
Air pollution isn’t just bad for the lungs; it’s also bad for the brain. How, you might ask? While air pollution causes an inflammatory response in the lungs, it also causes the same response in the brain. The particles we breathe in are deposited in the lining of our lungs, causing inflammation.
When you get dust particles or anything in your eyes, your eyes become red, itchy, and inflamed. The same response happens when polluted particles enter the lining in our lungs. Air pollution causes irritation, resulting in inflammation in our lungs.
In fact, heart attacks and strokes are both linked to inflammation of blood vessels. When hazardous air particles enter our lungs and cause inflammation, then there is cause for concern. Therefore, there is a link between air pollution and heart attacks and silent strokes.
So what can we do?
Lowering our risk of brain disease and heart attacks ultimately means lowering our exposure to air pollution. Air pollution is clearly bad for brain health, increases risk for heart attack and stroke, and is even linked to a decrease in cognitive functions.
The theory makes sense
Decreasing your exposure to air pollution is the secret to improving your health. Easier said than done, right? How can we do this other than avoiding our environment each day? This just may mean relocating to a rural area or suburb, avoiding busy or heavily traveled roadways and highways.
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