Chlorinated Swimming Pools Jump-Start Asthma

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August 03, 2006 | 9,134 views

The incidence of asthma has risen by over 50 percent in developed countries in the last 25 years. As many as 150 million people worldwide suffer from asthma, and roughly 180,000 die from it each year.

Exposure to chlorine bi-products, both in air and in water, could be a factor in the rising number of cases of childhood asthma. This could mean that indoor swimming pools might be partly responsible for the rise. A new Belgian study links the prevalence of childhood asthma with the number of indoor pools.

After taking into account additional factors such as climate, scientists found that childhood asthma increases by 2-3 percent for every indoor swimming pool in a geographical area.

Other risk factors for the illness include a family history of the illness and exposure to tobacco smoke.

With temperatures exploding to record highs in many parts of the United States, you may be tempted to beat the heat and get some exercise at the same time in an indoor pool, but because of the chlorine, that's not the healthiest choice. Your body absorbs more chlorine after one hour in a swimming pool than you would from drinking unfiltered local tap water for a week.

Other alternatives -- such as ozone and Baquacil -- kill microorganisms just like chlorine and are becoming more common in public pools.

In the meantime, if you suffer from asthma, there are several steps you can take to make yourself less susceptible:

Strengthen Your Immune System

Eliminating sugars and grains from your diet, as detailed in my nutrition plan and in more depth in my Total Health Program, are two crucial physical principles to strengthen your immune system. Additionally, make sure you get enough sleep and exercise.

It's also important to address the emotional traumas in your life; EFT is one profoundly simple, inexpensive and effective tool to address the underlying emotional traumas that can devastate the immune system.

Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids

The essential fatty acids found in fish oil and krill oil can reduce both allergic and inflammatory response.

Consider Food and Chemical Sensitivities

If you think a food allergy could be partly to blame, avoiding sugar, fruit juices, most grains and pasteurized dairy products is nearly always helpful. Chemical sensitivities can result if your body is sensitive to any number of toxins such as pesticides, synthetic paint or building materials, cosmetics, or plastics.

Air Purifiers

A simple option to reduce your exposure to potential allergens is to purchase an air purifier for your home or work environment. There are many different types of air filters on the market, so you will want to choose one that is suitable to your needs (think about the type of allergens you want to remove, as well as the amount of space you need to clean).

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