MITIGATING AIR POLLUTION EFFECTS VIA EXERCISE

Air pollution in populated areas such as modern cities has sort of become a norm for most of us. Just because we can’t see airborne pollutants, we tend not to even think about it. But there are so many contributing agents and many aren’t adequately mitigated. Counties like the United States, Canada, EU, and Australia have strict emission laws. Australia for instance, recently imposed a Carbon Tax for polluting industries.

But there are various contributors to air-pollution which also includes the common haze. However, we are more concern with toxic or hazardous air pollutants - an unseen enemy! Basically, toxic air-pollution is known to cause various serious ailments like cancer, neurological, reproductive and birth defects, damage to the immune and respiratory systems plus a host of other health dampeners.

Some of the common toxins affecting air quality include benzene, perchloroethylene, methylene chloride, dioxin, asbestos and toluene. The United States EPA has been working tirelessly with state, local and even tribal governments to reduce release of 187 toxic pollutants into the environment.

Toxic air pollution comes from numerous man-made sources. These include mobile sources such as motor vehicles, stationary sources such as factories, refineries and power plants as well as some materials such as solvents. Natural sources include volcanic eruptions and forest fires. These pollutants reach you when you breathe contaminated air, eat contaminated food, drink contaminated water and touching contaminated products. Once they enter your body, they accumulate in body tissues. This also means that foods such as vegetables, fish and meat retain more toxins than its contaminated environment. Hence food is the most vulnerable catalyst in conveying toxins into our bodies.

Detoxification or commonly referred to as detox is the internal cleansing of the body of accumulated wastes, poisons and toxins. In reality, our bodies are rather resilient and engineered to heal itself. Toxins in the human body are usually stored in the body fats. Experts opine that exercise does help to rid the body of toxins and suggest that cleansing the liver, kidneys and colon are primarily important in detoxification.

Exercise cleanses all your internal organs and at the same time and accelerates detoxification because when you exercise blood circulates more forcefully throughout the body and carries nutrients to all the organs and muscles. It also helps lymph fluids circulate throughout the body and removes toxins. During exercise, you take in more oxygen which in turn nourishes your cells and they function better including the removal of contaminants and toxins.

Walking, cycling, swimming, running and even dancing are common exercise that helps your body detoxify. Even 30 minutes of exercise can do wonders for you. Drink a lot of water too. But still the question of outdoor and indoor exercise would arise. Which is better? Much of this is dependent on attributes and environment. Jogging along a busy road may actually be counter-productive. Vehicular danger is one thing but you would also be vigorously inhaling copious amounts of toxic emissions from motor vehicles. Jogging or walking in a park therefore is way better because trees and other plants absorb quantities of atmospheric toxins while releasing fresh oxygen.

On the other hand, indoor air quality could be controlled via, ionizers, air-filters and air-conditioning. This would also mean that you would likely opt for exercise machines and other aids plus do aerobics and yoga.

The bottom-line is clear in that exercise in so good for you in many ways which ultimately promotes good health and fitness. So get on your bike and ride, stroll, jog, run or simply do simple but varied exercise with the aid of the multi-beneficial gym ball.

 

Happy exercising!