Of course we all need to breathe... but breathing polluted air could be making you ill!
WHO data shows that almost ALL of the global population (99%) breathe air that exceeds WHO guideline limits and contains high levels of pollutants.
From smog hanging over cities to smoke inside the home, air pollution poses a major threat to health and climate.
Ambient or outdoor air pollution isn’t just limited to man made sources. Air pollution can result from wildfires, high winds and pollen seasons. Whatever the cause, air pollution causes fine particulate matter to be present and we are breathing this in! These tiny particles can result in strokes, heart disease, lung cancer, acute and chronic respiratory diseases as well as allergies.
Research has shown that the combined effects of ambient air pollution and household air pollution is associated with 7 million premature deaths annually.
Many of us are exposed to at least one of these pollutants without even realising. We may have no choice but to be affected by poor air quality based on where we work or just the time of year (here’s looking at you spring…the aggravator of hay fever!)
So, if we can’t control the pollution we’re exposed to, what can we do? (Holding your breath isn’t an option).
How can we clean out our lungs?
HALOTHERAPY aka Dry Salt Therapy
Halotherapy is a natural treatment that can help to improve our respiratory health and clean our lungs out of air pollutants and the effects they have on us. Halotherapy involves breathing in microparticles of pharmaceutical grade salt. These microparticles can help to loosen mucus and phlegm, clear airways, and reduce inflammation. Halotherapy can also help to improve lung function and reduce the risk of respiratory infections. Basically, it’s a toothbrush for the lungs!
This salty toothbrush’s ability to assist serious respiratory issues is backed by a growing body of research. A study published in the journal “International Archives of Allergy and Immunology” found that Halotherapy was even effective in reducing the symptoms of smoke inhalation in firefighters. The study participants who received halotherapy experienced a significant improvement in their respiratory function and a reduction in their symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, and wheezing.
Another study, published in the journal “Chest”, found that Halotherapy was effective in treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a condition that is often caused by smoke inhalation. The study participants who received Halotherapy experienced a significant improvement in their lung function and a reduction in their symptoms of COPD.
Halotherapy is a safe and effected treatment for all ages, making it great for the whole family!
Other benefits of halotherapy include:
· Improved sleep
· Reduced stress & anxiety
· Boosts the immune system
· Improves dry skin conditions
· Balances positive ions within the body
So if you brush your teeth every day, then why not start doing your lungs too?