How pollution affects our health
The most dangerous opponent is one that we don’t feel attacking us directly.
The quality of the air we breathe is sadly becoming a dangerous opponent to our good health. We truly underestimate how harmful toxic air pollution really is.
Particulate matter is a serious public health issue.
As defined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, “Particulate matter, also known as particle pollution, is a complex mixture of tiny particles and liquid droplets that get into the air. Once inhaled, these particles can affect the heart and lungs and cause serious health effects.”
One of the most common types of particulate matter is black carbon.
Black carbon can bond with heavy metals in the environment and be absorbed into the liver, potentially working its way into the brain.
Black carbon attracts heavy metals to its surface bringing more potential harm to our bodies.
Heavy metals like aluminum, lead, and mercury disrupt normal metabolic functions. They increase inflammation and inhibit needed enzymes from working.
Chronic exposure to heavy metals can lead to impaired growth, allergies, autism, lower IQ, and edema in the brain.