There is little more important to the survival of any human than the air we breathe. Unfortunately, the air quality, especially in urban areas, continues to degrade each year. Besides factories and power plants, there are several other things that contribute to dirty air we take in every day.
People who smokes, perfumes, and pollens in the air help to make breathing a more difficult process. Instances of COPD, lung cancer, and asthma continue to rise every year. So, what can we do to help us and our families to breathe a little easier? Here are a few suggestions.
Avoid The Smoke
There are several companies that strive to incorporate ways to make the air we breathe cleaner. There are also several million people that go against the flow and insist on making things more difficult for air breathers everywhere. It’s no secret that almost anywhere you go, even at church, you will find several smokers.
In most cases, it feels as though non-smokers are simply outnumbered. There have been several stabs at the smoking industry in recent years from making all public places non-smoking facilities to higher prices per pack.
The number of smokers has indeed fallen, but not enough. If you want to ensure a healthier atmosphere for you and your family, avoid cigarette and cigar smoke. If you are a smoker, quit and make sure to educate yourself and your family on the dangers of first and second-hand smoke.
Keep Up With Your PCP
Each year, we cycle through the four seasons, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter. Each season brings its own pollens or seasonal allergies. As the decades have past, it seems that more of us are having trouble with allergic reactions to the freshest option for air.
Along with this, there are several children and adults, alike who deal daily with allergies to pet dander, clothing fabrics, perfumes, and certain foods. All of these can cause breathing trouble. It’s a smart idea to stay in contact with your primary care physician (PCP.) Many people who deal with seasonal allergies also deal with asthma.
Illnesses related to breathing also include COPD, chronic bronchitis, and cancers of the lungs. Whatever the issue, keeping regular appointments with your PCP may help you breathe a lot easier.
Air Filtration Systems
Unfortunately, there is very little we can do about outside air pollutants. However, when considering the breathability of the air in our home, we have total say. It is a great idea to include one or more good air filtration systems, or air purifiers, in your home.
This allows you to filter out any of the pollutants you or your family bring in from outside. If, like many, you have pets that you are allergic to, an air filtration system will also help to limit the amount of pet dander in the air.
Breathing is essential to life and breathing well can contribute to a long, satisfying one. Don’t settle when it comes to the air you and your family breathe.