28 November 2020
Humans can live without food for about three weeks, and three to four days without water — but only three minutes without air. Yet we simply take our air for granted.
In a lifetime, about 9,000 litres of air pass through our lungs and oxygenates blood pumped through the heart each day. Granted, nothing is more vital to life than breathing.
Toxic air pollutants now pose the biggest risk of early death. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), air pollution is responsible for one out of nine deaths. It kills nearly 7 million people a year — more than malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV combined.
Unfortunately, no one can escape air pollution — no matter how rich an area you live in. Harmful air particles are all around us.
The microscopic air pollutants we breathe have changed over the years, and though largely invisible to us we experience the impact of air pollution on our health — since air pollutants can slip past our body defenses in a snap.
Some of the health effects of air pollution include:
While air pollution is closely linked to climate change, you can limit its effects. For example, avoid living near a busy road or areas with a factory. However, massive change relies on improvement on air quality particularly indoors.
Here’s everything you need to know about air pollution…
Air particles (responsible for air pollution) consist of a range of pollutants that contaminate the air we breathe — and they are often natural or artificial.
These air contaminants linger in the air indoors (in our living spaces or offices) and outdoors, too.
Indoor air pollutants include:
Outdoor air pollutants include:
Among the toxic air contaminants that pose the biggest risk to your health — according to W.H.O — include:
Yes. Short-term air pollution like ground-level ozone can affect the respiratory system because most toxic air pollutants are microscopic (ultrafine) — and therefore, so easy to inhale them deep into your airways and lungs.
And when you breathe in harmful air particles you risk reduced lung functions and respiratory illnesses.
Short-term exposure to Sulphur dioxide, for example, can exacerbate asthma symptoms, cause eye damage, irritate the skin, and even damage the respiratory tract.
Long-term health problems are closely linked to air pollution but research is still ongoing. Evidence suggests air pollution can lead to premature deaths, adverse birth outcomes, and a host of other serious health issues including:1. Lung cancer
According to W.H.O, approximately 29% of lung cancer deaths and prevailing cases are caused by air pollution. The microscopic size of the air particles largely contributes to this figure as they can reach the lower respiratory tract fast.2. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
The high number of COPD deaths and cases worldwide — which is around 43% — are closely linked to air pollution. Other health-related problems that COPD (a group of diseases that make breathing difficult) causes include:
Unfortunately, COPD has no cure. But treatment is seen to help alleviate its symptoms and improve life’s quality.3. Cardiovascular disease
If you live in an area with high levels of air pollution you risk not only death but also cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and stroke.
Based on the Global Burden of Disease Study 2018 review estimates, air pollution was responsible for 19% of cardiovascular deaths. The review also adds coronary artery disease caused about 24% deaths and stroke 21%.4. Premature delivery
According to research, exposure to certain air pollution levels can instigate premature birth (PTB) in pregnant women. The researchers note that with lower exposures to air pollution, more women experienced low preterm delivery cases.
To reduce exposure to air pollution, limit the time you spend in areas with poor air quality both indoors and outdoors. Surprisingly, most toxic air pollutants lurk in the very place you spend most of your time in — and that’s indoors.
1. Outdoor air pollution
To improve air quality outdoors, individuals, businesses, and governments can help minimize air pollution levels such as reducing vehicle emissions, and more.
Track current air quality levels in your area as well to better protect your health when outdoors, and if possible:
2. Indoor air pollution
Harmful air pollutants lingering in the air (in your living space) can also negatively impact your health. According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) statistics, household air pollution is responsible for approximately 1.6 million deaths each year — W.H.O estimates 4.3 million succumb every year.
Reason for the death toll? Half the world’s population cooks on open fires with toxic fuels such as kerosene wick lamps (produces toxic smoke), charcoal, dung, and wood.
Dust, mould, and pollen can also cause indoor air pollution, even increase the risk of respiratory illnesses such as asthma.
Carbon monoxide and radon gas (radon can cause lung cancer) are also present in most homes and affect your health without your knowledge.
But the best way to monitor carbon monoxide levels in your home — and improve air quality indoors, too — is to invest in an all-natural air purifier.
A great example is VBreathe Tasman.
This portable, intelligent device protects you and your loved ones against harmful airborne viruses, bacteria, and mould.
VBreathe all-natural air purifier and detoxifier combine HEPA filtration and VActive Gel technology to improve indoor air quality — by dispersing the natural gel vapour into the air, and filtering heavy particles through the device.
Most traditional air purifiers rely on HEPA filters alone, which only filters the air passing through the device.
Conversely, VBreathe uses our all-natural VActive Gel and medical-grade HEPA filtration to fight airborne toxins inside your home for hours — a patented combination no less.
The best part? The HEPA filters in this device boast anti-bacterial coating that traps and reduces toxins and harmful particles that pass through the device. Plus the all-natural VActive Gel vapours are expelling into the surrounding air to attach to and encapsulate harmful airborne particles and pathogens. This starves them of oxygen and renders them harmless thereby significantly reducing the airborne health threat from harmful particles, toxins, viruses, bacteria and mould. That’s why we’ve pivoted to calling it the all-natural air purifier and detoxifier. It’s more than an air purifier.
Here’s more of what the device can do:
VBreathe takes about 24-36 hours to detoxify and purify the air in a 4x4 room (with no open doors and windows). For ongoing protection, leave the device running 24/7.
Air pollution is a fast-growing concern in the world, and for a good reason. Millions have lost their lives and others are nursing severe respiratory illnesses and disease — all these are also a colossal economic burden.
According to a 2016 World Bank report, nearly $225bn was lost in labour income in 2013 due to air pollution.
We can’t overstate, therefore, the importance of investing in an all-natural air purifier to protect you and your loved ones from harmful air particles that linger in the air indoors.
Did you know you can age more rapidly in dirty air? Having VBreathe can help you avoid being exposed to more damaging air pollution than what you experience outdoors.
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