One of my favorite ways to enjoy my free time with family and to help me maintain my health and fitness is to be actively engaged in fun outdoor activities. However now that I am living in Hong Kong, being highly active outside may not be the healthiest environment for us to engage in such athletic activities. We are among the hundreds of millions who are having to deal with the smog crisis in China and neighboring regions, including Japan and Taiwan. I find it very sad that people are living in such hazardous conditions with air quality levels being at times equivalent to levels found during forest fires.
Skyline views are often lost in blankets of smog so thick that roads have been shut down and aircraft grounded because of poor visibility. Crops are suffering because the smog is reducing photosynthesis. Water resources are also becoming polluted beyond what is safe for consumption. Yet the most severe consequence of the air pollution crisis is its negative impact on our human health. The tiny toxic particle matter that is discharged from power plants and factories easily enter the lungs and blood stream and can cause serious health issues, including respiratory ailments, lung cancer and heart disease. Everyone’s health is compromised and those at greater risk, for instance with a weak immune system will suffer more. People are resorting to air purifiers, face masks and staying indoors. Watching the increasing number of air pollution reports in the news is like living in a bad science fiction movie. The World Health Organization recently reported in Hong Kong newspapers that air pollution killed 7 million people worldwide in 2012, double what it was 8 years ago. Over 5 million were in the Asian region, where air pollution has only become worse over past 15 months. Deaths related to outdoor pollution were caused by heart disease, stroke, pulmonary disease, respiratory disease and lung cancer.
I appreciate that PRC government is now implementing more stringent regulations and is setting goals to reduce air pollution but it will take years to see results. In the meantime, boosting the immune system and helping to stabilize the increased number of free radical atoms that are entering our minds and bodies are the best defenses for maintaining optimum health in toxic environments. There are effective ways to support this, including proper nutrition, staying well hydrated, getting enough sleep, exercising and getting a good dose of high-quality antioxidants. Antioxidants are crucial for stabilization of free radicals, which damage cellular function resulting in the body’s inability to fight disease and heal. Green tea contains antioxidants, so do vegetables and fruits; particularly berries and dark green leafy vegetables. So increase your green tea, berries and kale. And to be absolutely certain that you are getting enough antioxidants for optimum health, especially in polluted urban environments, supplement your diet with a high impact antioxidant such as Fortris10. Fortris10 is an extreme antioxidant formulated and made in the USA to help protect bodies from oxidative damages from physical and emotional stress and environmental pollutants. Fortris10 is made with 10 powerful antioxidants, including grape seed extract, resveratrol and CoQ10 at amounts that have been clinically shown to have positive health benefits. Everyone can benefit from Fortris10, and in this day of constant stress and toxic environments regardless of the location, we need to take control of our health.
Wishing you good health and vitality,