These pollutants can penetrate our lungs, increasing cancer risk. They also enter our bloodstream and can cause serious cardiovascular, cerebrovascular and respiratory harm. If you regularly spend time in the city, follow these tips to protect yourself from these ubiquitous pollutants:
1️⃣ Take smaller, side roads or park routes whenever possible when walking in the city. Main roads have the largest concentration of nitrogen dioxide, exhaust fumes and car tire/car brake wear particles in the air.
2️⃣ In the summer, harmful tropospheric ozone—a result of man-made air pollution—peaks later in the day. If you run or cycle in the city, try to go in the morning when ozone levels are lower.
3️⃣ Eat healthily, including lots of antioxidant-rich fruit and veg. These can help shield your body from the damaging effects of free radicals created by air pollution.
4️⃣ Live an energy-efficient life and reduce your carbon footprint as much as possible. Climate change is now the greatest threat to future generations—the time for governments and citizens to act is now 🌎