KIN RASHES. Breathing problems. Alzheimer's
disease. Heart disease.
Underweight births. Stuffy nose. Migraine. Cancer.
LMOST EVERY disease has an environmental component. Environmental health
concerns are medical problems that may be worsened by or may result from exposure to
environmental health hazards. The environment affects a person's health from
before conception until death.
HE HUMAN BODY is extremely sensitive
to many environmental factors, including the air we breathe, the substances
that touch our skin, and the quality of the food and water we ingest. Some populations, such
as children and the elderly, are generally more
susceptible to environmental health hazards than are others.
Nevertheless, many factors, in addition to one's genetic predispositions, influence whether an individual
person will actually get sick following exposure to an environmental health
the nature of the exposure itself, as well as the body's ability to deactivate
and excrete the toxins. Maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, getting
sufficient sleep, eating regular nutritious meals, avoiding
other environmental health hazards whenever possible, and maintaining a positive
important factors in helping your body contend with exposure to toxic substances.