1 AnswerDr. Clifford W. Bassett, MD , Allergy & Immunology, answeredResearch done decades ago by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) found that certain house plants can actually "clean the air" of pollutants and dust. A growing amount of plant researchers are identifying various plants that will remove pollutants from your home or place of business. These plants are peace lily, English ivy, weeping fig, devil's ivy, flamingo flower and mother-in-laws tongue. It is estimated that the average size home will benefit from between 6-12 plants.
1 AnswerHome air filters sound like they'd be the best things for your lungs since snorkeling tubes. After all, when used and maintained properly, they can filter allergens out of the air.
Unfortunately, many people don't see big benefits after bringing an air filter home. Why? The primary reason isn't a mechanical malfunction, but an owner malfunction. Most people don't service the air filters regularly, so they're not that effective. They don't clean or change components as the directions recommend. If you stick to regular maintenance, however, air filters can be useful for taking allergens out of the air.
1 AnswerIf your throat and skin become dry in the winter months, having a humidifier may help that. But for many people, having a humidifier does more harm than good-because they get lazy about maintenance. Humidifiers must be cleaned regularly, or they'll form a cesspool of water that grows mold and fungi-and you'll end up breathing in that stuff.
1 AnswerDiscovery Health answered
The average adult, when resting, inhales and exhales about 7 or 8 liters of air per minute. That totals about 11,000 liters of air per day.
Inhaled air is about 20-percent oxygen. Exhaled air is about 15-percent oxygen. Therefore, about 5-percent of breathed air is consumed in each breath. That air is converted to carbon dioxide. So, as far as how much air is actually used, human beings take in about 550 liters of pure oxygen per day.
A person who is exercising uses a lot more oxygen than that. To determine how much air is moving through your lungs, exhale into a plastic bag of known volume. See how long it takes to fill the bag.
1 AnswerRealAge answered
Give your walking workout more green by hiking trails or parks instead of asphalt and concrete. You'll do your heart a huge favor.
Car pollution in high-traffic zones isn't just bad for your lungs. It can really test your heart too.
In a study, men who previously had heart attacks (but had stable heart disease) exercised while being exposed for short periods to traffic-equivalent levels of diesel exhaust. The result? Reduced blood flow to their hearts. This is not a good thing for anyone, but especially worrisome for people with heart problems.
Smog is a chemical mixture of ozone, particles of dust, soot, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and even lead. When your skin absorbs these pollutants your whole body can be affected negatively.
1 AnswerAir pollution caused by particulate matter so small that it can't be seen is what aggravates and leads to respiratory (and cardiovascular) problems—and even death. Particles from the polluted air that are too small to be filtered out by the cilia travel deep into the lungs. Though the immune system responds to those foreign particles, those particles do a number on immune function, allowing infections to occur and asthma to develop.
One of the reasons we know this happens? Due to a labor dispute, the single largest pollution source in a Utah valley, an old integrated steel mill, operated intermittently. When the mill was operating, pollutants contributed to increased asthma and other severe respiratory problems, and increased deaths. When the mill stopped working, the number of problems and deaths dropped—and not by a little, but by more than 50 percent in a three-month period. And, of course, when the strike was settled and the pollution resumed, the respiratory illnesses and the deaths increased by over 50 percent.
Many people are rats in someone else's experiment if they live close to a freeway, where small particles roam the air and increase lung problems.
1 AnswerIntermountain Registered Dietitians , Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Intermountain HealthcareProtect your health by following these tips:
• From May to September, get your outdoor physical activity before noon or after 6:00 PM.
• If you are physically active between noon and 6:00 PM, stay indoors or keep your physical activity light to moderate (walk instead of run).
1 AnswerAs one of only three ways the inside of your body interacts with the outside world (skin and intestines are the others), your lungs can be exposed to a great deal of nasty toxins.
The outdoor pollutants that mostly affect your lung health appear to be ozone, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and lead. Others include dioxins, asbestos, and particulate matter (those are the particles produced by the combustion of diesel, gasoline, and other fuels, and tobacco smoke).
1 AnswerMolds produce mycotoxins, which weaken or kill the things they live on or compete with. Short-term exposure can cause breathing problems, and the research indicates that long-term exposure may also be linked to cancer.