From city streets to rural roadsides, people across the nation are running, jogging and biking their way to better health and fitness. The effects of fitness are obvious, but what isn’t apparent is the damage that polluted air is causing. Those who combine exercise with an appreciation for the great outdoors experience air pollution differently than others.
Individuals with any type of lung condition who exercise in dirty air will find themselves experiencing difficulty breathing, get winded quicker, or need an inhaler. Those in peak physical condition may not feel the immediate effects as acutely, but the damage done by air pollution can show up years later in the form of disease.*
Those who exercise outdoors typically breathe through their mouth instead of their nose, thereby introducing more pollutants into the body. Exercisers also tend to take deeper breathes that introduce the pollutants deeper into the lungs. Runners can move up to 10 times more air through their lungs while exercising than those at rest.
Pollutants in the air can cause fluid to accumulate in the lungs. The pollution in some U.S. cities for a 30 minute run is equal to smoking up to four cigarettes per day. The long-term effects run the gamut and particles from air pollution have even been identified in the brain.
The most dangerous pollutants are carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxide, ozone, and sulfur dioxide. Normally thought of as beneficial, ozone is protective in the upper layers of the atmosphere but is noxious to life when it forms near the ground.
In 2012, Olympic athletes were warned that London air pollution posed a threat to their performance, ability to compete, and could cause illness. In January 2017, those training for the London Marathon were warned not to engage in physical exertion or train inside due to the high levels of air pollution.
Those in large cities are at greatest risk from air pollution, but the threat to those living in rural areas is increasing. Weather patterns carry pollutants away from cities and into the countryside and global weather patterns also transmit air pollution particles across oceans to the shores of the U.S.
When pollution is inhaled or absorbed through the skin, it interacts at the molecular level in the body to create free radicals. The body produces glutathione, a natural antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals, but the body must have sufficient nutrients to produce glutathione. As air pollution increases, the body’s need for nutrients also increases to manufacture enough glutathione.*
One of the best ways exercisers can help themselves fight the effects of air pollution is with an antioxidant supplement that supplies the raw ingredients needed for the body to manufacture glutathione. The RxQ Antioxidant Complex provides a single source of a comprehensive array of bioavailable ingredients that may aid in the production of glutathione.*
*Disclaimer: The statements and information contained in this press release have not been evaluated by the United States Food and Drug Administration. The products featured in this news release are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.