Is Poor Indoor Air Quality Harming Your Lungs?
Even if you don’t live close to a chemical plant, use coal for fuel, or have smokers in your family, you might be at risk of lung damage.
When you think of “air pollution,” you probably picture a hazy skyline or smokestacks releasing dark clouds of particulates into the air. Smog, acid rain, and exhaust residue are all obvious signs of outdoor air pollution, which can cause serious lung damage and contribute to the premature aging of the respiratory system. Findings from a 2019 study done by the European Lung Foundation conclusively (and unsurprisingly) demonstrated that outdoor air pollution exposure decreases lung function and increases the risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).2
But in developed countries, most people spend the majority of their day inside, whether at home, work, or school. What you may not realize is that indoor air pollution can put your lungs at risk, too—but the signs are much less apparent.
It’s normal to think of your home or office as a clean, safe place where you don’t have to worry about the contaminants and pollutants that affect the world at large. If you don’t have any tobacco smokers in your family, or you use an air purifier to filter out microscopic pollutants, you might assume that the air in your home is perfectly safe. However, a host of factors within the home can lower indoor air quality. If you frequently burn candles or diffuse essential oils around your home, you’re releasing particulates into the air around you. When you breathe that air, particulates enter your lungs and become trapped in your body by the mucous membrane.
Collected dust, fumes from cleaning chemicals, and even cooking can affect air quality as well. According to the WHO, nearly 4 million people worldwide die every year from illnesses that can be traced back to household air pollution caused by inefficient cooking practices.1
If you live in an older house, or in a very humid climate, it’s very likely that you also have another unseen pollutant to contend with—one that can have unpleasant and long-lasting effects.
Mold and Indoor Air Quality
No matter where you live, there are mold spores traveling through the air, invisible to the naked eye. When the spores land on a dark, damp surface, they can quickly take root and spread on moist surfaces. This makes older homes, which often have structural damage or compromised roofs, and residences in humid places particularly prime real estate for an unseen invasion. But even if these characteristics aren’t true of your home, there’s a good chance that it still has mold contamination lurking somewhere. Surveys conducted by the LBNL Indoor Environment Group suggest that roughly half of homes in the United States have an untreated dampness problem or mold growth.3 Humidity in buildings can also trigger the release of harmful chemicals from building materials.
Mold spores are likely to grow in hidden areas, such as on rafters, between walls, and under floorboards. In these kinds of spaces, they can multiply quickly without being disturbed or detected. As mold grows, the concentration of mold spores in the air increases and can cause respiratory inflammation or infection, exacerbate asthma, aggravate eczema, and encourage the presence of dust mites, which often contribute to allergic reactions.
Why Air Purifiers Might Not Help
Signs of irritation due to indoor air pollution from mold and other contaminants can include:
- Itchy, irritated eyes
- Sore, irritated throat
- Stuffy and/or runny nose
- Asthma flare-ups
- Skin irritation
Other symptoms may not immediately point to particulates as the culprit, as they are often experienced for other reasons as well. These include:
If you’re noticing any of these symptoms while spending time indoors, you should immediately take the following steps to eliminate as many potential irritants as possible:
- Clean and vacuum your home to remove excess dust.
- Choose natural cleaning products with low fumes whenever possible, and open windows for adequate ventilation.
- Wipe down your vacuum canister before and after use.
- Clean vacuum filters.
- Reduce the use of scented candles and air freshener sprays.
Like many people, you may have an air purifier in your home to help trap and remove pollutants. However, if your purifier’s filter isn’t the right size, it can’t catch all contaminants, including mold spores. Even worse, if the filter is dirty or damp from moisture in the air, the filter itself could start to grow and spread mold. Then your air filter will begin to compound the problem of pollutants, rather than mitigating it.
If you have a purifier, unplug it and carefully clean around the outside to remove dust and dirt buildup. Next, remove the filter and replace it or clean it following manufacturer instructions. When choosing a filter or air purifier unit, look for a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter, which is tightly woven to trap most pollutants, including mold spores.
If you suspect or find any mold growth, call in a professional mold-removal expert to safely resolve the issue. DIY jobs may release more mold spores into the air, increasing the likelihood of breathing them in and creating the possibility of mold growth somewhere else.
While frequent cleaning and proper use of air purifiers can help to reduce irritants in the air, it won’t be enough to eradicate them completely. Mold spores are always present even with the use of filtration systems, and mold growth can often go undetected for long periods of time. That’s why it’s essential to protect your health by supporting your body and lungs, too.
Boost and Protect Lung Health
Soothing inflammation or irritation in the lungs and respiratory tract is necessary for comfortable, healthy breathing. A well-functioning respiratory system works hand-in-hand with your immune system, encouraging good defense against bacteria and viruses.
While over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can reduce inflammation throughout the body, their ongoing use can create other problems, including liver and kidney damage, stomach ulcers, high blood pressure, and dizziness. Choosing a natural, plant-based supplement can provide everyday relief from irritation without side effects.
The U.S. Doctors’ Clinical Lung Support Formula is a clinically proven blend of natural ingredients rooted in the concepts of traditional Chinese medicine. It takes a multi-pronged approach to lung care, simultaneously reducing inflammation, repairing damage, and providing everyday support for healthy lung function.*
U.S. Doctors’ Clinical Lung Support achieves these benefits without the use of NSAIDs thanks to a proprietary blend of 12 natural extracts paired with supportive vitamins and minerals. Combined, they create a formula that soothes inflammation through the throat and lungs, relieves congestion, supports good airflow through the respiratory tract, and helps to strengthen the lungs for better aerobic performance.*
While the Lung Support formula is based on traditional herbal medicine practices that date back centuries, its effects have been proven in modern clinical tests. In 2013, researchers at the Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled study of Lung Support’s effects. The researchers found that subjects taking Lung Support reported a reduction in symptoms of chronic cough, expectoration, and bronchitis in just twelve weeks.
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Lung Support doesn’t just help to restore lungs to normal function. It also includes magnesium, zinc, and vitamins A and C to support a robust, healthy immune system that can withstand attacks from pathogens and other invasive particles.* In combination with its proprietary blend of natural extracts, these essential nutrients encourage the production of the mucus needed to expel germs and viruses from the respiratory tract and keep lungs clean and clear.*
Whether you’re dealing with a known air quality issue in your home or seeking to proactively defend against the effects of both indoor and outdoor pollution, Lung Support is a simple and natural option for everyday use. Plus, it’s made right here in the USA at laboratories that follow the FDA’s current Good Manufacturing Practices and are regularly inspected by third-party quality control organizations. It’s also backed by U.S. Doctors’ Clinical Advisory Board of Doctors, an expert panel of physicians and health practitioners, and rigorously tested to ensure that this formula, like all U.S. Doctors’ Clinical products, is grounded in scientific research and delivers real, measurable results.
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Your home should be a safe place. With U.S. Doctors’ Clinical Lung Support, you can let yourself breathe easier.
*These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.