Coronavirus Strategies to Boost Community Coronavirus Strategies to Boost Community

ADVERTISEMENT

Trees Actually Lower Your Risk of Dying

Trees Help Reduce Air Pollution

Story at-a-glance -

  • Trees and forests in the US removed 17.4 million tons of air pollution in 2010, with human health effects valued at $6.8 billion
  • Although this pollution removal equated to an average air quality improvement of less than 1 percent, its effects on human health were significant, especially in urban areas
  • The health impacts of trees on air pollution resulted in the avoidance of more than 850 deaths, 670,000 cases of acute respiratory symptoms, 430,000 incidences of asthma exacerbation, and 200,000 school days lost
  • Trees remove air pollution primarily by uptake of pollutants via leaf stomata (pores on the outer “skin” layers of the leaf)
  • Houseplants can be living air purifiers for your home; NASA recommends using 15 to 18 "good-sized" houseplants in 6- to 8-inch diameter containers for an 1,800-square-foot house

By Dr. Mercola

Outdoor air pollution is a serious environmental health risk linked to both chronic and acute health conditions, including stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and respiratory infections.


Read the Full Article for Free!
Subscribe to the #1 Natural Health Newsletter
  • Unlock censored health information that Google doesn't want you to read
  • Keep your privacy secure — We are no longer active on Facebook and are blocking our content from Google search to ensure your privacy stays protected
  • Get access to all of Dr. Mercola's health articles, E-books and special reports

Existing Subscribers: Enter your email address for instant access