Can Environmental Pollution Effect Our Skin

Pollution

Pollution carries tiny harmful particles in the air, and even in water, that can harm the biggest organ of our body. These particles erode the Vitamin E and other good nutrients in the various layers and cells of our skin, which can trigger the deterioration of the dermis.

What is even more dangerous is that the effects of pollution on our skin cannot be determined overnight. Not like the sun where we instantly feel and see its impact on our skin. For air and water pollution, it would take some time before we recognize the harm it has already inflicted on our body. But to what extent can pollution break our skin?

Skin breakouts

Dust, smoke, oil and tiny particles that enter the pores may clog it leading to the development of acne, eczema or other skin diseases. With toxic chemicals that may be carried along with these elements, the skin will react adversely that may cause skin allergies and rashes.

Serious skin problems

Every day you are exposed to car exhaust, rainwater, cigarette smoke, smog, ground water, and various kinds of air and water pollution. Worse of all, pollution and its harmful radicals can cause serious skin problems, such as skin cancer, without you knowing it.

Dull & dry skin

Since these tiny specks and grains of dirt penetrate the skin’s barriers and can go deeper into its layers, they can also block the moisture and dry the skin. When this happens, the skin loses its firmness and elasticity. This will lead to the premature aging of the skin wherein wrinkles and an uneven skin tone may become visible.

To counter the negative effects of pollution on your skin, it is highly recommended that you clean your skin thoroughly day and night. Take out make-up before going to bed. To neutralize the free radicals in your body, apply a serum with antioxidants after you take a bath in the morning and after you wash your face at night. It also helps to consume foods that have antioxidant qualities, like berries, vegetables and other fruits. Exfoliate your skin once or twice a week and moisturize it daily to nourish the skin with helpful oils that have been depleted due to pollution.

Today’s Environment

Factory pipe polluting air

The study of environmental studies relates to identifying and understanding environmental issues. There are a wide range of environmental issues we are currently facing. Some of these issues include pollution, land clearing, and the mining industry.

Here we will talk about each of them:

Pollution

The most common forms of pollution are:
• Air pollution – Emissions from cars, factories, etc
• Light Pollution – This is over illumination of areas which can cause issues for some animals.
• Noise pollution – Construction noise, airports, road noises, etc
• Littering – People these days are carelessly throwing things out and not disposing of them properly. For example, I have seen many things in our beautiful forests from electronics to products for weight loss. These things should never be out in our forests.
• Water Pollution – This refers to the contamination of the water ways by chemical waste water. This can cause major issues for animals in the area.

Land Clearing / Deforestation

Land clearing or deforestation is the process of demolishing the forest and removing the trees. This may be for a number of reasons including to enable the area for another use of the land or sell the trees for profit.

Deforestation breakdown (approx. figures):
Agriculture is responsible for about 49%
Commercial agriculture is responsible for about 32%
Logging is responsible for about 14%
Fuel wood removals is responsible for about 5%

Mining Industry

You can’t argue that the mining industry does terrible things to our environment. Just look at the massive holes left in the ground, or any tailings dam spills/breaches. Although these days mining companies are held responsible for their mess ups (in some countries), there is still more that they can do to help the environment and lessen the impact of their work.

The good news is that things seem to be getting better. Environmental issues are getting more exposure and people / companies are being held responsible for their mistakes.

Sources:

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_environment

Things That You May Not Have Thought Of That Are Filling Our Land Fills

Filling our landfills

It is easy to get caught up in our day to day lives and not even realize the damage we can be causing the environment and just how much we are filling our landfills. Everyday products are contributing to this issue and there are many things we can do to actually help slow the landfill issue. There are many things that are filling our landfills that don’t really need to be there, so what are they?

Food Waste

You wouldn’t believe how much food waste the average household actually throws out each week and that really contributes to our landfills (at least before composting). An easy way around this is to have a compost bin, they are far more efficient then our landfills in composting our food scraps. Throw in all your scraps from egg shells, apple cores, orange peels, to left overs that weren’t eaten. Just be sure to check your local government regulations on composting before you purchase one.

Disposable Diapers

This is one that many don’t think about. Did you know that some babies can use up to 10,000 disposable diapers? And if you have 3 kids for example, that’s around 25,000 – 30,000 diapers. And this is just for your family, then you have your neighbor’s family and the family across the street and so forth. That creates a huge mess of our landfills. So what can we do? More and more families are making the switch to reusable cloth diapers which is great for our environment and is actually a fair bit cheaper than disposable diapers.

Water Bottles

For some reason more and more people in the United States are only drinking bottled water as opposed to tap water. This is probably due to the impression that bottled water is cleaner and better for you. The fact is that most bottled water is taken from the same places your tap water comes from. So what is the alternative to bottled water? If you’re home, have a glass of tap water or if you don’t like the taste of that, get a water filter. And for times when you’re out and about, get a reusable water bottle that is BPA free. These bottles are actually better for you to drink out of over bottled water.

Old Furniture & Unwanted Items

Next time you are going to throw out something from your home whether it is a chair, auto parts you no longer need or anything, try giving it away for free on websites such as Craigslist or Kajiji. This will prevent our landfills from filling up and you may make someone else’s day as they get something for free. And everyone loves getting things for free. Like the phrase goes, “one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure.”

Things Our Environment Can Cure

boost energy levels

There are so many things in the environment today that can help us cure many things from sicknesses to skin conditions. There are also natural things that can give us more energy, look younger, and feel better. The actual full list of these items the environment has given us is massive so obviously we cannot mention all of them on this list, but here are some of the highlights we think that everyone should know.

Boost Your Energy Levels

There are many ways to boost your energy levels naturally. Things like going for a short walk each day, increasing your magnesium levels, drink more water, and goji berries can help greatly for boosting your energy levels. Even just going outside and getting into nature can really help boost your energy levels. There are many options for this all around us, and they are natural.

Stretch Marks

There are actually a few things we can do naturally to help hide our stretch marks. You could always go out and buy yourself a tube of stretch marks cream or you could use what the environment has already given us. One great way to fight stretch marks is to cut potatoes into strips and rub them on your stretch marks and let dry. After, wash off in the shower. There are also other options such as spreading lemon juice on your stretch marks, caster oil, or even egg whites.

Reduce Anxiety

Anxiety can cause many health issues if left unchecked. But the good news is that there are many natural remedies our environment has given us to help reduce anxiety. The first is camomile tea. This tea contains natural ingredients that help relax you and reduce anxiety. Try 2-3 cups of camomile tea a day and check out the results. Make sure you don’t add sugar to the tea though. Other options are having 1 to 3 grams of omega 3s or even try to breath in lavender. This has also been found to relax you.

The Affect of GMOs on the Environment

protein powderWhat does GMO even stand for and why are they bad for you? There has been a lot of press lately surrounding Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) and their potential effects on our health. I thought I would break down here what they are and what are some of the main foods you might not know are commonly genetically modified. As well as how GMOs affect the environment.

 

GMOs are by definition plants or animals that have been genetically engineered generally to withstand the direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. They are also meant to increase yield, withstand drought and offer enhanced nutrition but these are yet to be proven as yet. DNA from bacteria, other plants or animals are used to modify the plant or animal to be brought to market.

 

Most nations do not consider GMOs safe. In more than 60 countries around the world including Australia, all countries part of the European Union and Japan have restrictions or bans on the production and sale of GMOs. In the US however GMOs are approved for production and sale.

 

The most commonly genetically modified foods include corn, canola, soybeans and cotton. Papayas, chrysanthemums, poplars and spruce trees are also often modified along with milk, squash and zucchini. Genetically modified soy is often found in protein powders used by many as a vegan alternative to whey protein. Check out some other vegan friendly alternatives to soy protein.

 

So how do they affect the environment? Millions of extra kilos of pesticides. The six biggest producers of GMOs are also the biggest producers of chemical herbicides and insecticides. Crops are modified to be able to be immune to herbicide so that farmers can destroy weeds with without killing their crops. But weeds have grown more and more resistant to the herbicides and therefore farmers are needing to use more and more and stronger and stronger pesticides. These chemicals get into our soil and our water courses as well as being on the foods that we are purchasing every day.

GMOs are not labeled however they are prohibited in organic products.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetically_modified_organism

http://realenergyfood.com/protein-powders-basics/

Get Outside And Enjoy The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors

Look, this post is really a reminder for us all. We all get so caught up in our day to day lives that we never seem to go outside anymore. And no, I am not talking about going to the mall or grabbing a bite to eat. I am talking about going outside and spending some time in nature. Go for a walk. A ride. Picnic. Our forests are shrinking and more polluted, so the time is now to go and explore before it is too late.

I often hear the excuse, “I am too overweight to go for a hike”. In this case and you really cannot go for a hike because of your weight, then sounds like you really need to lose weight and now. I too was overweight but managed to lose a whole bunch of weight using weight loss shakes. I personally used IdealShape and is worked for me. Once you are at a weight where you feel comfortable going for a walk/hike, here are some ideas for finding a good hike in your area:

 

  • Look for the closest National Park to you. National Parks are usually a really good place to start as the hiking trails are well signed and well kept. They are often breath taking and usually well worth a visit or 2. They often also offer camping sites for a reasonable price to let you get more in touch with the outdoors.
  • Google “best beginner hikes in (your area)”. These results should bring up forums and other website which often have great suggestions. Please bear in mind that some peoples suggested trails may not be signed well so use common sense when choosing a trail.
  • Visit an Information office in your city. Going to Information is a great place to get a lot of good ideas. You can usually get free maps from there also.
  • And finally, you could also ask friends or family for suggestions.

 

There you have it. You should now have the required information to find a hiking/walking trail that suits you. I would also recommend that you get the appropriate gear for the hike if you don’t already have it. I recommend at least a good pair of hiking shoes, appropriate clothing for the hike, plenty of water, and healthy snacks. Also, always let someone know where you are going and when you should be back.

 

Happy hiking!

 

 

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