The future of Health care is SELF CARE (Pt.2)
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution is responsible for killing roughly 4.2 million people each year globally and this number is expected to rise if we continue to spew out toxins into the air by our "business -as-usual" lifestyles, industry and the growing greed for more "stuff".
In many developing countries like India and Africa, air pollution caused by the burning of wood, coal and other dirty fuels for cooking is another contributor to deaths. As we speak about self-care, I'll like to touch a bit on the air we breathe, which is often overlooked when we speak about health.
In today's society, when we discuss health even among our colleagues, friends and family, we usually speak about diet and exercise only. We'll debate over what the best types of foods are, number of hours we should sleep and the most effective exercise routines. Most of the times, the topic of AIR QUALITY never sees the light of day. Why is this so important to health? Well did you know that each day, your precious, beautiful and amazing lungs takes exchange roughly 11,000 liters of air. The air we breathe ideally should contain about 20% oxygen and the majority nitrogen with small amounts of other gases like carbon dioxide, methane and argon.
When this precious life force (air) is polluted (indoor and outdoor) from vehicle exhaust, burning of fossil fuels, forests, VOCs in paints, cleaning agents and even methane from raw sewage and other forms of waste; it affects the natural processes inside our bodies. Symptoms may vary (depending on exposure and quantity of pollution in the air), and manifest in the form of headaches, increased fatigue, shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing and allergies (just to name a few). In some countries like Mongolia, babies are suffering tremendously because the air is so polluted. Their likelihood of being a healthy child and even adult, is very slim. Mongolia's air crisis can become the future of many cities and countries around the world if we don't take the right preventative actions now.
In some cases, a lot of these symptoms can be confused with lack of sleep, lack of water, poor diet etc. rather than poor air quality. The only way to truly determine the quality of air you breathe is by monitoring yourself , symptoms as well as testing the air itself using simple apparatus. In another post, I'll be doing a comparison to find the best, affordable, reliable portable air monitor and filtration systems that can be used in the spaces we live, play and work; so stay tuned!