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Posted on 06-29-2017
Air pollution is a national health hazard – but what can we do about it and why is it important?
According to the World Health Organisation, people in the UK are twice as likely to die from air pollution as those in the US.
In April, scientists from the British Heart Foundation published a study that suggests tiny particles from diesel fumes – one of the main causes of pollution – can penetrate the lungs, get into the bloodstream, and colonise areas prone to disease.
Here are some tips to help tackle the effects of air pollution on your body:
Chiropractors focus on realigning the spine to ensure the impulses from the brain and travel along the nerves to each cell, muscle and organ without interference. When the spine is not in the correct position this is referred to as a subluxation. Subluxations are created through 3 different types of stresses: physical, chemical and emotional. It is normally quite easy for us to picture how a physical stress, for example being involved in an accident, can shift a bone out of alignment. However, it can sometimes be more difficult for us to understand how a chemical or emotional stress can affect our bodies. These stresses tend to affect our hormonal balance.
Our bodies have two modes: ‘fight or flight’ or ‘rest and digest’. Fight or flight can be as simple as running across the road when a car is coming towards us, or having a deadline at work to meet, or it ca n be as extreme as going through divorce or when someone we know has passed away. An example of rest and digest is how our heartbeat slows down when we sleep. Normally our bodies are somewhere between these two modes. When we are constantly being stresses, chemically or emotionally, it causes our bodies to release adrenaline and cortisol (stress hormones).
The long-term activation of the stress-response system — and the subsequent overexposure to adrenaline and cortisol — can disrupt almost all your body's processes. This puts you at increased risk of numerous health problems, including: