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Stress And Depression At An All Time High Due To Pollution

If you live in a polluted environment, it can be difficult to avoid pollution, and this can lead to what’s known as depression anxiety. How pollution causes depression anxiety is by triggering an immuno-inflammatory reaction, causing inflammation in the brain, resulting in depression and anxiety as well as a myriad of other health conditions.

When your immune system attacks these foreign air pollutants it causes inflammation, and in the process cytokines are released which enter the brain, and cause inflammation in the brain. When inflammation occurs in the brain, specifically the hippocampus region responsible for learning, memory, and mood, your brain neurons can not communicate as effectively.

You become slow, get brain fog, have trouble remembering, can’t concentrate, and get depression and anxiety symptoms. Air pollution causes depression anxiety in the same way allergies cause depression anxiety. Canadian researchers discovered that emergency room visits for depression go up on days with high air pollution. Hospital visits for depression anxiety went up by as much as 20% on days with high amounts of air pollution. One Canadian study estimates 2 million deaths per year are caused by air pollution.

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What To Do To Reduce Depression And Stress Linked To Pollution?

Obviously the first thing to do is to reduce all avoidable exposures in the  home, because it is not only affecting you, it can also be affecting the whole family. We have written about this at length over the years, because it is one of the under recognised health related risk factors. What’s more it’s one that can be easily, effectively and economically rectified.

If you are someone who is heavily affected by this issue, on days with heavy air pollution, stay indoors or in a location with filtered air, such as at the movies or the mall. Don’t exacerbate the problem by smoking. Avoid walking along streets with heavy traffic, driving in traffic, or excessive physical activity. Most importantly, boost your immunity with supplements.

The supplements we recommend contain immune boosting vitamins, minerals, and anti-inflammatory nutrients, which counteract the negative impact pollution has on your depression or anxiety symptoms. Individuals report a higher pollution tolerance, and tremendous changes in their moods, their weight, and general feelings of wellbeing.

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