GENERAL HEALTH

When is the best time to go out for a walk /run?

Afternoons are the best time to go for a walk/run contrary to the popular belief of early morning or evening times.

Is the air purifier safe for kids?

These air purifiers are very safe for kids. In fact this is the reason, we at BreatheEasy recommend these air purifiers for the homes to create a healthy atmosphere for the kids to breathe in as their lungs are more susceptible to the harmful effects of the air pollution, both indoors and outdoors.

Will my immunity come down if I breathe clean air for a few hours?

Our respiratory system and digestive system are very different. If we get used to “RO Water” and then drink tap water, there is a high likelihood that we will fall ill. However, with air pollution, there are 3 kinds of pollutants – particle pollutants, gaseous pollutants and microbiological pollutants. The first two are harmful to the human body and have a cumulative effect on the human body. The third pollutant is something that if we are exposed to, it may actually increase our immunity. We do NOT want to be living in a completely sterile environment because that will lead to lower immunity. Hence, targeting the microbiological pollutants only is not the best strategy when it comes to air pollution. We strongly believe that if we are breathing healthy air inside our homes even for 8-10 hours, we are giving enough time for our lungs to recuperate from the damage that outside air and confined spaces without the air purifiers do. As an individual, we cannot do much to control the outside air we breathe in but we can definitely control the air quality within our homes and breathe in healthy air.

I have to live in Delhi and by putting this air purifier; it will make my lungs weaker as I will develop immunity to fight the pollution outdoors. Is this right?

All research points the other way. High exposure to PM2.5 and Ozone has proven to lead to higher levels of stroke and ischemic heart disease. By eliminating the PM2.5 levels indoor for even 6-10 hours during sleep will reduce the burden on the lungs and will give the lungs rest to make them stronger to fight the pollution when outdoors. In children, the young years are very important for lung development. If these young lungs are constantly “bombarded” with high pollutants, they do not grow. Studies show that Indian lungs are 30% weaker than European lungs. And this is NOT a genetics issue. We strongly believe that if we are breathing healthy air inside our homes even for 8-10 hours, we are giving enough time for our lungs to recuperate from the damage that outside air and confined spaces without the air purifiers do. As an individual, we cannot do much to control the outside air we breathe in but we can definitely control the air quality within our homes and breathe in healthy air.

What is the effect of breathing clean air?

The effects of breathing clean air are numerous. But to understand the concept better, it would be best to throw light on breathing polluted air and its effects on a human body. Breathing polluted air can make eyes and nose burn. It can irritate the throat and make breathing difficult. In fact, pollutants like tiny airborne particles and ground level ozone can trigger respiratory problems, especially for people with asthma. Asthma sufferers can be severely affected by air pollution. Air pollution can also aggravate health problems for the elderly and others with heart or respiratory diseases. Some toxic chemicals released in the air such as benzene or vinyl chloride are highly toxic and can cause cancer, birth defects, long term injury to the lungs, as well as brain and nerve damage. And in some cases, breathing these chemicals can even cause death. Other pollutants make their way up into the upper atmosphere, causing a thinning of the protective ozone layer. This has led to changes in the environment and dramatic increases in skin cancers and cataracts (eye damage).

What is alveolar macrophage? And what does it do?

Alveolar macrophages are cells found in the lungs which are part of the immune system. Macrophages are phagocytes implying that they are able to take in and digest dead or damaged cells and potentially harmful substances such as bacteria or toxic particles including finer particulate matter. They help prevent infections by removing microorganisms before they enter the respiratory circulation. They also clear allergic and toxic substances from the air spaces in the lungs. Alveolar macrophages are able to deal with the small number of bacteria and viruses which are commonly breathed in every day. They engulf microorganisms and destroy them, and also secrete substances which attack microbes. If larger numbers of microorganisms invade the air spaces, alveolar macrophages are able to produce substances which trigger an inflammatory response, attracting other immune cells into the lungs.

I am very confused...there are too many people saying too many things and they are all over the place. Is pollution really a threat?

In a report issued by World Health Organization (WHO), Delhi air is supposedly the world's dirtiest (WHO surveyed 1,600 cities in 91 countries) with smog nearly three times worse than Beijing's. The particulate matter, PM10 and PM2.5, are called fine particles which can wriggle deep down into the lungs and trigger acute lower respiratory infections and even cancer. Below are three figures which show the amount of air that a child, female adult and a male adult respectively breathe in per minute. On an average, any person drinks about 2-3 liters of water every day. The amount of air that we breathe in a day is humungous as compared to the 2-3 liters of water and therefore it is imperative to control the air pollution, both indoors and outdoors. With today’s lifestyle, on an average, an adult spends about 80% of the day indoors and hence breathing in cleaner air is all the more important.

My kids are on a nebulizer. Will this help in any way?

The purifiers create healthy and cleaner breathing air indoors and hence will help kids with a nebulizer. We have had many clients with small children who have called us and said that they have got relief from the nebulizers or with asthma attacks after installing solutions from us.

Can I go for walk in the night?

We always recommend checking the pollution level before going out for walk.Another precautionary measure that can be taken is to wear a mask if the pollution levels outdoor are  high.