Purifying the body – or detoxing – is increasingly popular, with 'dry January', juice fasting and various remedies, such as detoxing foot patches. Detoxing has its critics, of course, who argue that the liver and kidneys function quite adequately to remove so-called toxins (whose very existence is debatable) from the body.
Whether or not formal detoxing is necessary, it is surely sensible to supply the body with high quality, nutritious food, with an emphasis on fresh produce, rather than processed products. But, when you are planning a healthy lifestyle, you have to also think about the quality of the air you are breathing in, which is as important for your health as the food you put into your mouth. So we will have a look at detoxing with clean air through the use of a HEPA air purifier.
We spend up to 90% of our time indoors, whether that be in school, the workplace or home. Levels of indoor air pollution can be up to 10 times higher than they are outdoors, with modern energy-efficient buildings that allow pollution to build up, owing to the lack of natural ventilation. Some of the components of indoor air pollution include:
The World Health Organization attributes as many as 7 million (one in eight) deaths a year to air pollution (indoor and outdoor). Exposure is associated with a number of health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma and lung cancer. Therefore, the air you breathe is as important to your health as the food you eat.
There are a number of ways in which you can detox the air around you, as follows:
Use an air purifier fitted with a HEPA filter and an absorbent like charcoal to pull particles and gaseous pollutants out of the air.
Avoid conventional air fresheners – especially to 'cover up' poor air quality. These may contain chemicals that trigger sensitivity reactions in some people. Detoxing with clean air – by improving the air quality in your immediate environment requires a multi-faceted approach. It is well worth making the effort for the sake of your long-term health.