How to Protect Yourself Against the Effects of Pollution
Industrial countries such as China have the worst pollution in the world, leading to cancer and serious lung conditions. If you are living in a location with a lot of pollution or know loved ones who are, there are steps you can take to reduce your exposure. Living around pollution doesn't mean you have to endure the painful symptoms. These are just a couple of ways to protect your body from environmental damage.
1. Creating a Community Garden
Pollution is the root cause of many forms of cancer, lung cancer being one of the most common. Many unexplained cases of lung cancer are linked to airborne contaminants. If you live in a polluted town or city, why not get together with neighbors and create a community garden? For homes and apartment buildings, plants that produce extra oxygen can be grown on balconies and windowsills. Plants are therapeutic and are appealing in any setting.
Example of Community Garden on an apartment rooftop in South Africa
2. Air Scrubbing Plants for Your Home
Did you know that people who live around plants are much healthier overall and experience less respiratory problems than people who don't have plants in the home? Certain varieties of plants are better at scrubbing the air and absorbing dust and mold that come from pollution.
Spider plant, garden mum, weeping fig and peace lily are a few houseplant varieties that are easy to care for and maintain indoors.
A Spider Plant seen below
3. Supplements that treat environmental damage
There are certain supplements you take can effectively reduce your toxic load from the poisons you come in contact from the atmosphere.
1.Spirulina-part of the Blue-green algae group is a versatile supplement you should add to your water or juice if you want to remove toxins or treat industrial disease. Just remember that the sources you choose matter.
2.Lung Support Supplement- contain antioxidants, which may assist in protecting the body from the damaging effects of free radicals as factors such as stress, alcohol, cigarettes and pollution may increase free radicals in the body and the potential for oxidative damage.
3.Selenium- It has been found that a group of antioxidant nutrients including Vitamin A , C , Vitamin F and Selenium protects against smoke damage and the effects of toxic pollutants throughout the body. The mechanism through which these antioxidant nutrients act involves sacrificing themselves in order to stop harmful chemical reactions.
4. Foods that treat environmental damage
What you eat affects the ability of your lungs to withstand smoke and many pollutants. Improving your diet could also be the difference between getting cancer or not.
Almonds, avocados, apples, basil, beets, blueberries and broccoli - are foods that you can use in your diet to cleanse your body.
Carrots, liver ,sweet potatoes, butter, margarine ; assists formation and maintenance of skin and mucous membranes that line the body cavities and tracts, such as nasal passages and intestinal tract, thus increasing resistance to infection.
Oranges, grapefruit, papaya, mango, strawberries- increasing resistance to infection and strengthening blood vessels
Vegetable oils, leafy green vegetables, whole grain cereals, wheat germ, egg yolk, butter.
Protects against cell and ensures oxygen supply to the cells. It also strengthens the immune system.
Installing air purification systems in your home will be an investment that is worth making. If you combine vacuuming often, nutrition/supplements, plant therapy and air purification within the home, this will make a considerable impact on your health.