How Air Quality Affects Health

Somebody once commented that our breath is a true example of what is constant. Back in the 1970’s, The Hollies sang a song indicating that all which was needed was the air that I breathe and to love you. But if breathing is hampered by emotional stress, pollution or  toxic substances such as cigarette smoking, we are decreasing our oxygen intake to the body and brain. By reducing this ability, our mental and physical conditions are at severe risk for any kind of productive life.

According to the CDC, outdoor air quality has improved since the 1990s as far as smog and particle pollution, however, what about air temperature and how does that affect breathing? Is it healthier to breath in cold or warm air?

Cold Air

If you are an asthma sufferer, cold air is a common trigger for an attack according to Mayo Clinic. Cold air causes lungs to constrict and cold air can cause the lungs to swell and become inflamed. Constant breathing of cold air can cause problems for people with bronchitis, COPD and emphysema. Working outdoors in cold climates can lead to lung conditions and premature aging when over-exposed.

Hot Air

Hot temperatures can affect the entire body and cause heat stroke. As far as breathing it is not really the high humidity that is a problem but bacteria that likes to gather in humid environments. High humidity can be uncomfortable and the desirable range is about 50% percent for rooms whose temperature runs about 70 degrees. If humidity is too low, it can create drying conditions. High levels of humidity can often increase the growth of mold. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with COPD may be more sensitive to mold exposure, especially in people with a compromised immune system.

Protecting your lungs with the best air quality and humidity choices that benefit you will be long-lasting and help to avoid disease.

In 2010 (the most recent year numbers are available)—the CDC stated that more die from lung cancer than any other disease.

  • 201,144 people in the United States were diagnosed with lung cancer, including 107,164 men and 93,980 women.
  • 158,248 people in the United States died from lung cancer, including 87,698 men and 70,550 women.

Filling out an application for life insurance will offer the best opportunity for lower rates when you are strong and healthy. Take a deep breath, make a decision that can protect you and your loved ones, and contact an agent today.

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