Your Air is Killing You: 3 Steps for Reducing Your Daily Toxic Exposure
By Dr. Noreen Khan-Mayberry | Contributor July 25, 2016, at 6:00 a.m.
What is the fastest way to be exposed to chemicals? Breathing. Each time we inhale, we introduce a variety of potentially harmful chemicals (gases, vapors) and particles (solids) into our upper and lower airways, which can lead to a number of short- and long-term health issues. For this reason, whenever I advise people on how to limit their exposure to toxins, I lead with air quality. Particularly, indoor air quality – not just because this is where we spend the vast majority of our time, but because it's also an environment over which we actually have some control. We spend approximately 80 percent of our time indoors on average, yet we often fail to properly maintain the air in those spaces – and to make matters worse, many of the products we use each day contaminate our breathable air even more.