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How about clean air?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 17, 2011 at 11:03 AM

I was for few days in lapland for an interview, its been a long time when i last time hiked there. It always comes like hit to a head. Man isnt the air clean there. And i live in a quite small finnish town which is very clean atleast compared to metropolitan cities, but the difference in air quality near arctic circle is striking. I once were on school trip to a Rome and the air was absolutely disgustingly irritating to my nose, must be all the scooters etc.

I think its sometimes little bit foolish to worry one or two antinutrients in some leafy green if the air you breath is full of pollution and toxins, it goes right to your circulation from lungs. I am not a doctor but It would make sense.

How important is clean living enviroment you live in? And what do you do about it?

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at 11:43 AM

I notice the same thing. I am in SW Norway, and when I travel up North I notice such a difference. My town has great air, so I am always shocked by how much crisper and cleaner it is more north!

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on September 17, 2011
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When we were deciding to move to Santa Fe & away from the ocean, the first thing I checked was the air quality.

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on September 17, 2011
at 04:53 PM

Good question, I just used my last upvote for the day on this.

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on September 17, 2011
at 01:50 PM

I use air and water filters and avoid toxic cleaning products, which means buying organic ones. Since I am living along a street where car fumes get inside the window and toxic materials from carpets etc are gassing out it is useful to just filter it out. From this point you can go on and figure out how to avoid toxic substances at all in the long term. Since I use a water filter my hair is less irritated.

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on September 17, 2011
at 12:40 PM

No _hot_ running water i mean ;)

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on September 17, 2011
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I have been living about 8 months on a old wooden house made before WW2. Anything that has survived natzies and russians cant be that bad cant it;) I used to live in concrete building whole my life and its interesting how much better the air is inside old house that has no plastics or anything in the walls, everything is wood, paper or hay :) Best thing is the real root cellar. Wooden houses get terribly hot during summmer tho. Rent is very low, hence no running water and sauna/showers are in the basement, but i think its better that way. Less chances of any molds or fungus or other nasties

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at 11:08 AM

I live 500 metres from a highway...

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on September 17, 2011
at 11:22 AM

I think its very important. I make a conscious effort to get as much fresh air as I can each day, which is pretty easy for me due to my close proximity to the ocean.

It doesn't matter how healthy you eat if you breathe recycled and toxic fumes all day imo.

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on September 17, 2011
at 05:31 PM

When we were deciding to move to Santa Fe & away from the ocean, the first thing I checked was the air quality.

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on September 17, 2011
at 12:24 PM

Very good question. In addition to the area where we live, we also need to consider the air quality in our own homes, which may be easier for us to control than where we live. Avoiding or eliminating off gassing materials like many carpets, filtering chlorine in showers, being conscious of cleaning methods. I live in the further out DC suburbs, so plenty of pollution here. Although I'm close to the mountains, pollution backs up against them in some weather conditions. Things I do - be very, very conscientious about my interior home air quality. Hard wood floors, swept regularly. No cleaning products from the cleaning aisle - real soap, baking soda, white vinegar, salt. Keep windows open as much as possible - most houses are more polluted inside than out. Plant lots of trees on my property for filtering and oxygen production. Walk in areas away from roads and surrounded by trees. Limit the amount that I contribute to local pollution - drive a hybrid only as needed, no AC. Limit pollution contribution in a broader area - buy used for anything possible, avoid plastic, buy local products to avoid excess shipping....

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on September 17, 2011
at 01:50 PM

I use air and water filters and avoid toxic cleaning products, which means buying organic ones. Since I am living along a street where car fumes get inside the window and toxic materials from carpets etc are gassing out it is useful to just filter it out. From this point you can go on and figure out how to avoid toxic substances at all in the long term. Since I use a water filter my hair is less irritated.

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on September 17, 2011
at 12:40 PM

No _hot_ running water i mean ;)

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on September 17, 2011
at 12:35 PM

I have been living about 8 months on a old wooden house made before WW2. Anything that has survived natzies and russians cant be that bad cant it;) I used to live in concrete building whole my life and its interesting how much better the air is inside old house that has no plastics or anything in the walls, everything is wood, paper or hay :) Best thing is the real root cellar. Wooden houses get terribly hot during summmer tho. Rent is very low, hence no running water and sauna/showers are in the basement, but i think its better that way. Less chances of any molds or fungus or other nasties

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on September 17, 2011
at 03:26 PM

We are lucky to live in the country by a lake where the air is fresh and unpolluted. The nearest town is quite small with most of the heavy industry shut down, so it is relatively clean.

One of the things I appreciate most is the lack of traffic since we avoid a lot of fumes as well as the stress involved in driving/traffic jams/etc.

For the winter season we drive to a small town in Mexico on the Pacific Ocean. Once there, the only time we are exposed to pollution is when we take a shopping trip to the nearest city, and the air there usually gives me an allergic reaction.

We are retired and able to avoid most pollution, but it is not as easy for people who need to work in the city. In that case I think every small thing you can do to help, whether it is organic greens or good quality meat, has importance in the overall picture of health.

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