An incredible 96 percent of homes need better indoor air
Indoor air pollution is something to seriously consider. According to the EPA, indoor air is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air regardless of where you live.
On average, a person spends approximately 90 percent of their time indoors and take between 17,000 and 23,000 breaths every day.
Results of in-home air tests for indoor air pollution across the United States support this government finding. Nearly every home (96 percent) had at least one indoor air quality problem: 71 percent were filled with odors and potentially harmful gases and chemicals, while 86 percent had high levels of particles and bioaerosols, such as pollen, dust, and viruses. In that context, it’s certain that your indoor air quality should always be a high priority.
Biological pollutants such as molds, dust mites pollen, animal dander, and bacteria promote poor indoor air quality. People living in buildings with poor indoor air quality report a wide range of health problems including allergies, autoimmune conditions, and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). While MCS is typically an adult diagnosis, pediatric case references are growing.
According to the American Heart Association, negative indoor air quality can cause heart problems and certain types of cancer, especially lung cancer. So, what should you do to reduce your exposure to these environmental toxins? In this post, we will discuss Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Allergies, and Autoimmune conditions as well as the top five environmental toxins in the air your breathe.
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity? More Like Exponential Chemical Sensitivity
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, also known as Environmental Illness refers to an allergy-like reaction or severe sensitivity to many different environmental toxins including solvents, VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds), smoke, perfumes, paint strippers, pesticides, caulking, dyes from clothing, and many other chemicals. It also encompasses problems with regards to pollen, dust mites, and pet dander and fur.
According to the National Department of Health, 15 percent of the American population is chemically sensitive. Forty percent of the general population may be affected even though they do not realize that their symptoms are related to toxic exposure in homes, schools, or work environments.
Some of the main symptoms of MCS include:
- Muscle and joint pain
- Headaches; including migraines
- Central nervous affectations, such as disorientation, lack of concentration, and poor memory
- Irritation to the eyes, such burning and stinging
- Vertigo and dizziness
- Lower and upper respiratory illnesses, such as lung conditions, breathing difficulties, sinus irritation, and asthma
- Sleeplessness and nausea
- Irregular heartbeat
- Mood disturbances
According to Dr. Jennifer Weinberg:
In people who have increased sensitivities (MCS), air quality can really impact their lives in many ways. I see many of my clients impacted by chemicals and allergens leading to conditions like hormonal imbalances, metabolic problems, autoimmune diseases, and other sensitivities. I have found that addressing air quality and other aspects of one’s environment is really a key component to the comprehensive approach to healing and preventing diseases with my patients and clients.
There are many things you can do to stay healthy, including maintaining good nutrition, exercising, and getting enough sleep. However, it is also critical to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals. This is essential for anyone with MCS and it’s also the key to recovery. Using the right air purifier, such as the EnviroKlenz mobile air purifier, can remove these dangerous chemicals from your indoor air; however, the wrong air purifier can often make matters worse, as the majority of air systems only focus on particle filtration, as opposed to neutralization.
While activated Carbon filters do a good job at removing toxins in the air, they are doing so by physical absorption, which poses a risk of the very same toxins being released back into the air. HEPA filters using NanoActive metal oxides, however, have the ability to filter, neutralize, and destroy toxins, preventing them from being released back into the air.
Autoimmune Diseases And What they Have In Common With Allergies
Autoimmune disease refers to a group of more than 80 severe illnesses, including diseases of the nervous, endocrine, and gastrointestinal systems as well as skin. This disorder occurs when the body’s immune system is misdirected attacking the very organs it was designed to protect. Some examples of autoimmune diseases include type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and lupus.
Symptoms of autoimmune diseases vary according to the specific condition. For instance, Type 1 diabetes causes an imbalance of blood sugar, while Rheumatoid arthritis causes swelling joints. Gluten, sugar, stress, dairy, hydrolyzed oils, unbalanced microbiome, and environmental toxins can trigger a flare up.
An allergy is an overactive response by the immune system to any external trigger, such as pollen, dust or certain foods. One of the connections between allergies and autoimmune diseases is that the body perceives something as a threat that isn’t and unnecessarily attacks it. Both allergies and autoimmune conditions cause similar symptoms, including swelling or redness, itchiness as well as feelings of fatigue and sickness.
EnviroKlenz Mobile Unit Specs
- 4-speed controls
- Comes with EnviroKlenz Air Cartridge & HEPA filter
- Height: 19: x Width: 15” x Depth: 15”
- Net weight: 38 lbs. (17.1 kg) – Shipment weight: approx. 45 lbs. (20.5 kg)
- Cord length: 5 feet (7.6 M)
- Power: 115V / 60Hz / 1 amp
- CFM Rating: 85, 150, 200 & 250
- EnviroKlenz Mobile Air System, 250 CFM Type – 115V
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