Top 5 Environmental Factors That Affect Your Health

Have you or someone that you know had a time when you’ve found yourself feeling really under the weather but you couldn’t directly attribute it to anything? The reality is that it might simply be due to the kind of poor air quality that you live in; according to several studies, that is the ultimate cause of things like asthma and cancer. As a matter of fact, of the amount of deaths that happen annually across the globe, 25 percent of them can be directly attributed to various environmental factors.

So, what are the ones that put your health at the most risk? That’s a good question. We did a bit of research and were able to provide you with the top five on our list below:

Secondhand smoke. There are a lot of us who do not smoke because we know it’s not good for our health, but sometimes we’re still affected by the smokers who are around us. Research indicates that close to 88 million individuals are exposed to secondhand smoke each year. Overtime, that can lead to having serious health issues including lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, asthma and it has even been linked to SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) in newborn children.

Carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a gas that forms from fuel that burns. One very dangerous thing about it is that it’s a gas that you can’t see or smell, which makes it oftentimes quite challenging to detect. If you do happen to breathe high levels of it, that can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning and according to the Center for Disease Control, that attributes to approximately 450 deaths per year.

Lead. Lead is a kind of slow-burning metal that is found in everything from batteries and plumbing tools to paint and even pencils. The reason why it can be a health hazard is because when lead dust is inhaled or pieces of the lead are digested (such as when children or pets eat pieces of flaking paint), it can accumulate in the bones and lead to seizures and hearing loss, colic and constipation and also anemia and hypertension.

Allergens. People who have an early exposure to things like pet dander, mold, dust mites, pollen and even cockroaches can develop allergens at a very early age that can cause all kinds of health complications. These would include nasal problems, swelling of the mouth and throat, abdominal cramps, dizziness and even an irregular heartbeat.

Toxic chemicals. When it comes to a lot of changes that the eco-friendly movement is striving to encourage us all to make, one place where they are hoping that we’ll all find someĀ common ground is by wanting to make as many of our own cleaning products as possible. That’s because many of the commercialized ones contain toxic chemicals that cause minor health issues like skin rashes and also major ones such as brain tumors and leukemia. For different ideas on how to make homemade cleaning products, simply go to your favorite search engine and put “homemade cleaning products” in the search field”. Not only is it a healthier alternative, but a much cheaper one too.

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