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Do You Breathe?
DO YOU BREATHE?
DO YOU have or know anyone with asthma, allergies, a chronic cough, and seasonal congestion or sinus problems? Do you smoke or live with someone who smokes? Do you snore or know someone who snores? Are you generally just fed up with smells, odors, smog and contaminated air? Do you own pets? Do you work in a dentist's office, hair/nail salon or restaurant? Do you spend most of your days indoors? Do you commute for hours each day?
BOTTOM LINE: Do you breathe?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you OWE it to yourself to investigate the modern day alternatives to indoor polluted air. FRESH AIR does make a difference and there are scientific studies to show that the quality of air you breathe makes a difference in your alertness, quality of life and overall health.
DID YOU KNOW just 10 years ago, you couldn't find bottled water for sale at the local supermarket? Now, you can buy at least 30 different kinds of water packaged in all shapes and sizes. WHAT HAS HAPPENED? Well, as concerned consumers, we have become more aware of health and nutrition. We wanted clean, good tasting water and numerous companies satisfied the need. We have become sensitive to fat content, cholesterol, calories, etc. in our food and drinks. WHAT ABOUT THE AIR WE BREATHE? If you have to pay for air, wouldn't you demand that it be fresh, pure and clean?
DID YOU KNOW that you can live about four weeks without food? You can live about two weeks without water. But close your mouth and hold your nose, and in just 4 minutes, you will DIE. Is AIR important? DID YOU KNOW that you drink about two pounds of water a day, eat about four pounds of food each day, BUT you breathe 35-40 pounds of air EACH DAY! And believe it or not, your body derives about 60% of its energy from the AIR you breathe the remaining 40% from food, water, dietary supplements and vitamins. Our cities deliver chlorinated WATER to our homes that is monitored by local, state and federal authorities. FOOD quality is closely regulated as well. But AIR is ASSUMED safe in most indoor areas except in some factories and mines. The problem is; we take air for granted, when it should be better understood.
It is rather interesting that our stomach has a sewage system that disposes of contamination, BUT our lungs DO NOT. Doctors advise that dust/human skin flakes are the last great medium to human infection. It is a fact that 90% of colds and flu are caught INDOORS.
DID YOU KNOW that more than 50 million Americans (one out of six) suffer from asthmas, allergies and hay fever? Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or chronic bronchitis and emphysema, INCREASED by a dramatic 87.5% between 1970 and 1987, as a result of the fungi and bacteria in the air duct systems. (Better Health Magazine) Close to 100,000 Americans die each year because of complications related to COPD. Why is this? Is it the outside air pollution that is responsible? Or is indoor air pollution? A combination perhaps? Well, if you really think about it, we spend almost 90% of our time INDOORS, in our homes, car, office or shopping mall. We inhale up to 22 different chemicals in our homes EACH DAY. Indoor air has been found to be up to 70 time more polluted than outdoor air. Now consider that most people spend 60% to 90% of their time indoors. (EPA) Children are more likely than adults to be affected by polluted indoor air. (Department of Consumer Affairs) Humans slough off literally POUNDS of skin annually. EIGHTY percent of the particles that can be seen in an indoor sunbeam are SKIN FLAKES.
Most important, 90% of these contaminants, chemicals, bacteria and gases we breathe have no ODOR. You therefore, have no sensation that you may be breathing potentially harmful particulates. The sad reality is that we never know the true harmful effects of contaminated air until later in life when old age is easier to blame.
DUST MITES! The microscopic, spider-like organisms are found primarily in our homes where dead skin cells are plentiful. Dust mites are thought to be the most important allergen associated with asthma. It is actually the excretion (feces) of this critter to which people are allergic. Research has revealed this trigger is a microscopic protein in the mite excrement called Der p1. One tenth of the weight of a two year old pillow is dust mite feces.
A double bed mattress can easily harbor 2-10 million dust mites, with each mite producing 40 to 100 pellets per day. The average dust mite is 0.5 mm in length, not visible to the naked eye. Over 7,000 can fit on a fingernail. A dust mite molts several times during its life, producing 200 times it's weight in waste and will lay 300 eggs. Each mite produces 40 to 100 feces pellets per day. The mites droppings are coated in an enzymatic slime substance, which after drying become mixed with other particles forming - HOUSEHOLD DUST.
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