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Rush Hour Pollution May Be More Dangerous Than You Think

If you spend a lot of time driving during rush hour, it may be worth noting that new research shows that rush hour pollution may be worse than previously thought, according to Science Daily. Researchers detected as much as twice the amount of particulates within vehicles traveling in high traffic areas, as opposed to measurements outside commuters’ cars. They also noted the pollutants they recorded contained twice the amount of chemicals that cause serious respiratory and heart disease, as well as cancer and neurological diseases.

With nearly 92 percent of the world breathing polluted air that doesn’t meet the World Health Organization’s air quality standards, you must be your own advocate for reducing your own exposure to toxins that pollutant the air you breathe. Research demonstrates nanoparticles may slip from your lungs into your bloodstream and cling to injured areas of your arteries, increasing inflammation and damage to your lungs, heart and immune system, so the strategies need to include ways to address these nanoparticles.

And, since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says air pollution may be two to five times higher indoors than what you experience outside, you also need to be aware of what those insider polluters might be. One surprising inside polluter is chlorine gas, which can come from a steamy shower or simply from evaporating toilet water and aerosolized kitchen sink water, due to the chlorine used to treat most water supplies. That’s why a whole house water filter is important for reducing your exposure to chlorine.

VOCs, organic compounds released from man-made products, are also in your home. Paint cans, fuel containers in your garage, personal care products, dry cleaned clothes and upholstered furniture are some of the more common sources of VOCs.
 
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