Smog, Commutes and Computers – Links to Premature Aging

Smog, Commutes and Computers – Links to Premature Aging

Daily commutes, smog, and hours spent in front of a computer are major contributors to oxidative stress that prematurely ages the body inside and out. Even those who work from home can’t escape the oxidative stress and aging that comes from staring at a monitor for several hours each day.

Smog is the biggest producer of free radicals that cause oxidative stress when they enter the body. Too small to see with the naked eye, particles contained in air pollution are absorbed through the skin and inhaled. Those particles form free radicals in the body and result in oxidative stress that damages cells and inhibits the body’s ability to repair itself properly when high levels of pollutants are present.

Air pollution – a global problem

Smog consists of a variety of pollutants ranging from manufacturing process emissions and vehicle exhaust to construction projects form photochemical smog. Soot and smoke from volcanoes and forest fires further fuel the levels of free radicals. Global weather patterns transmit those pollutants around the world, influencing pollution levels thousands of miles away.

The topography of a city and the surrounding area can work to trap and concentrate air pollution, thereby intensifying its effect. Buildings, mountains, valleys, and atmospheric conditions are all elements that alone or in combination work to restrict air flow and circulation. The type and level of pollutants also varies by city and the time of day. Schedule outdoor tasks during cooler hours whenever possible and utilize areas with shade to minimize exposure.

The perils of computer screens

Computers are great tools for work and entertainment, but individuals who are sensitive to the light emitted by computer monitors can find themselves experiencing skin rashes, allergies, and skin discolorations similar to those that arise from sun exposure. Monitors emit small amounts of radiation that enhance oxidative stress within the body.

From smog to computer screens, oxidative stress affects heart and lung health, has been associated with dementia, and plays a role in numerous eye diseases and conditions. It’s helpful to employ a screen filter and try to stay at least two feet away from monitors when working.

Aside from oxidative stress, men and women who squint at screens, look down at their monitors and sit in one position for long periods are developing frown lines, “turkey neck” and jowls as a result. Younger men and women are feeling the effects more acutely as people become more saturated in information technology. The same effects can be observed as a result of smartphone use.

Boosting glutathione levels

The body manufactures a natural antioxidant – glutathione - that helps the body repair damage inside and out. When glutathione levels are insufficient for making repairs, the body suffers and the signs of aging appear. RxQ Antioxidant Complex provides men and women of all ages with a proprietary formula of ingredients that are unavailable in any other single source that may help to increase glutathione levels and mitigate the damage done by free radicals.

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  • Joe B. says...

    Enjoyed reading your blog post. Yes, it is a major concern with free radicals – oxidative stress.

    On Apr 04, 2017

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