Environment - Proactive Pollution Protection

Health Benefits

  • Enhanced overall wellness
  • Improved detoxification
  • Reduced risk of cancer and other illnesses

Overview

Exposure to air pollution has been linked to many health issues. Research shows that air pollution can increase risk of lung disease, heart disease and some cancers. That’s what can make this topic so overwhelming. But here’s the good news: you may think you have little control over air pollution, but you definitely have control over how you support your body’s ability to detoxify air pollutants. In this Action Step, you will learn that you can actually reduce risk through your diet! Many studies have shown that key nutrients in some foods have the ability to enhance and support effective detoxification. You’ll learn more about these special compounds during this Action Step.

Week-At-A-Glance

This week we are going to learn about some yummy ways to support the body’s innate ability to detoxify toxins. That’s right, we said yummy and toxins all in the same sentence! Diet provides an amazing “vehicle” for detoxification support. And then at the end of the week, we are going to leave the kitchen and go into the garage! Have fun!

Why It Works

Research demonstrates that compounds in certain foods can help enhance detoxification. In addition, these same foods can help reduce risk of cancer by enhancing immunity and reducing inflammation.

Citations

Chen H, Goldberg MS. The effects of outdoor air pollution on chronic illnesses. Mcgill J Med. 2009;12(1):58-64.

Hodges RE, Minich DM. Modulation of metabolic detoxification pathways using foods and food-derived components: a scientific review with clinical application. Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism. 2015(2015).

Rahmani AH, Al shabrmi FM, Allemailem KS, et al. Implications of green tea and its constituents in the prevention of cancer via modulation of cell signalling pathway. BioMed Research International. 2015;2015. 
 
Tong H, Rappold AG, Caughey M, et al. Dietary Supplementation with Olive Oil or Fish Oil and Vascular Effects of Concentrated Ambient Particulate Matter Exposure in Human Volunteers. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2015;123(11):1173-1179