There are several environmental problems that affect the health of people in homes and at work, in the modern society. These environmental health problems are associated with deleterious human activities, which cause emission of pollutant substances and chemical wastes. Some of the most common environmental problems affecting families in homes and at work include drinking unsafe water, household chemicals, lead, and indoor air pollution. Drinking of unsafe water, results due to the fact that the Environmental Protection Agency’s rules, that protect public drinking water systems do not apply to privately owned wells. This gives private well owners a loop hole to indulge in unhealthy practices, in a bid to gain profit. This may endanger the health of individuals who consume such water, because the water could be contaminated by microorganisms, nitrates, lead and copper.
Common household chemicals automotive fluids, cleaning products, laundry products, lawn and garden products, and home maintenance products. Indoor air pollution arises from various sources, and includes pollutants such as asbestos fibers, carbon monoxide, mold, secondhand tobacco smoke, and radon vapor. These pollutants cause serious health hazards, which include respiratory diseases (such as asthma, bronchitis, and pneumonia), heart diseases, brain and nerve damages, skin cancer, tissue damages, visual and hearing impairment.
In conclusion, the ability to boost immunity has proved elusive for several reasons. Immune system is not a single entity; therefore to function well it requires a balance and harmony. Hitherto, researchers have not succeeded in determining the interconnectedness and intricacies of the immune responses, thus causing difficulty in identifying the direct links between lifestyle and enhanced immune function. However, of researchers are exploring the effects of exercise, diet, age, herbal supplements, psychological stress, and other factors on the immune responses. The preliminary results show that immune system can be boosted through observing healthy living, proper diet, incorporation of herbal supplements in the diet, stress management, and exercising.
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