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Healthy Cell Concept

Part 5 - Cell Environment

A healthy environment is important for good health!

Cell Environment

Cell Environment

Cell environment is an important part of the Healthy Cell Concept, but it is also perhaps the most frustrating. This is because it is probably the hardest concept for us to change. We have the means to easily obtain or change cell food and cell exercise; but changing our environment is a much more difficult chore. It is difficult to avoid air and water pollutants. air

Air

In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently proposed new air-quality standards. They have met with a firestorm of criticism from many who believe they're too expensive, too regulatory. But whatever you think of the government and regulation, the EPA proposed these new standards for reason; the air around us is polluted, and living in polluted air affects our health.

Air pollution comes in many different forms. The most well-known air pollutants are sulfur dioxide (power plants, diesel engines), suspended particulate matter (construction, industry, wood-burning), ground-level ozone (automobiles), and carbon monoxide (automobiles).

Our indoor air is often polluted, too...approximately 35% of the office space in the United States has pollution levels higher than the air outside. This comes from chemicals in cleaners, carpet adhesives, plastic products, and other sources, and is compounded by poor ventilation.

The result of these air pollutants is a decrease in quality of life and an increase in medical bills. Air pollution damages the lungs by causing irritation that leads to inflammation and the destruction of lung tissue. It weakens the lungs' ability to fight further contamination which makes the prolonged exposure to air pollutants increasingly destructive.

Air pollution also hurts our natural defenses against airborne invaders such as dust, pollen, and germs. Air pollution dries up mucus and destroys cilia. This is dangerous because the mucus in our airways traps germs and particles before they reach our lungs, and the cilia, hairlike cells, push the mucus out of the body.

Health statistics are telling. The examination of lung tissue from young people who were raised in cities indicate that 80% suffered from precancerous lung lesions, most likely due to breathing polluted air. Other studies estimate that 5% of the deaths in major U.S. cities can be linked to air pollution, and that some 60,000 deaths a year can be attributed to air pollution.

Last July, researchers from the EPA and the National Center for Health Studies released a report saying that air pollution may increase the risk of babies dying from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The researchers found that there were higher rates of SIDS in areas with high levels of soot.

What Can Be Done?

If you live in a polluted area, there is little you can do. Monitor air quality and on "bad air" days, stay indoors, especially if you are young, elderly, or suffer from heart or respiratory problems. Also, avoid cigarette smoke...stay out of smoking areas, indoors and outdoors. You can contribute to clean air by limiting your driving...join car pools, ride bicycles, or use mass transit. Finally, support strong federal, state, and local pollution-control laws. These may appear to cause a hardship, but they will help your health and save you money. After all, would you rather pay a few dollars a month for car emission tests, or thousands of dollars a month in hospital bills for respiratory disease?

Water

Water

Water is perhaps the most important nutrient in our bodies. Although water does not contain "nutrients" as we know them...protein, carbohydrates, enzymes, vitamins, without water, we cannot survive.

What Does Water Do?

  1. Water helps break down foods into the nutrients we need. Without it, we would have no digestive juices.
  2. Water transports nutrients and helps us absorb them.
  3. Water helps remove from the body the waste created naturally by the body. If we do not dispose of this waste, we die.
  4. Water helps remove toxins that we get through foods and pollution.
  5. Water lubricates the body. It prevents friction from destroying our joints, lubricates our eyes, and makes it possible for muscles to work smoothly.
  6. Water keeps us from overheating by regulating our temperature.

Drink Pure Water

One of the best things we can do for our health is drink water. The human body needs approximately 2 qts. of water a day. We get this through the food we eat, through metabolism, and through drinking water. We should drink eight glasses of pure water throughout each day...try to drink a glass every hour.

This is important because if you do not give your body enough water, it takes it from your cells and from your blood. This causes your body to close some smaller blood vessels, called capillaries, and makes your blood thicker and harder to pump around your body. This has implications in high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease. Lack of water may also be linked to headaches, arthritis, and heartburn.

Dehydration is also linked to obesity. Without water your body cannot convert triglycerides (a type of fat) into energy.

Just any liquid will not do! Soda, tea, and coffee often function as diuretics, which stop your body from recycling salt and water and causes you to loose important nutrients.

What To Do

Pay attention to what you drink. Tap water is polluted almost everywhere...according to the EPA, virtually every type of industrial substance we create ends up in our water supply. And when we use this water, the pollutants it carries harm our cells.

this means you should consider the options. Many people buy bottled water, but be careful. There are no standards for bottled water, and it can be as bad as, if not worse than, tap water. Others buy water filters. Today, technology has made possible efficient and cost effective filters.

You can help maintain water quality by watching your habits. When you use fertilizer on your lawn or dump old paint in an alley, these substances eventually end up in the water supply. See if your community has a "hazardous waste day" when you can dispose of toxic substances. As with air-pollution standards, get together with others to ensure that water-quality standards in your community are sufficient and are met.

AIM Products

The AIM Products

The AIM product targeted most closely at cell environment is AIM Catalyst Altered Water®. This unique product, when added to water, strengthens water's natural ability as a solvent. This means it will transport and absorb nutrients better and do all of water's other physiological jobs better.

AIM products that aid detoxification are also helpful in ridding the body of pollutants picked up in air and water. These include AIM Herbal Fiberblend®, AIM Herbal Release®, AIM Corbicula™, and AIM Para 90™. The AIM Garden Trio, AIM Barleygreen®, AIM Just Carrots™, and AIM RediBeets®...when mixed with pure water, contributes to a healthy inner environment. Recent studies on Barleygreen conducted at the University of California, Davis indicate that it may have the ability to detoxify organophosphate insecticides. Knowledge

Using Your Knowledge

Adopting the AIM lifestyle is perhaps the best way to concentrate on cell environment. If you attempt to live a healthy lifestyle, you will be concerned with the environment both inside and outside your body. This will lead you to like-minded people and greater potential for interest in the AIM products and business opportunity.

What To Do:

Read "Cell Protection" by eugene Wagner, Ph.D., in the "Healthy Cell Concept" pocket book.

Read "Cell Protection" in the "Healthy Cell Concept" softcover book.

Think About This

  1. What is the immune system? What are its components? What are three important factors in maintaining a healthy immune system?
  2. In what way does sugar affect the immune system?
  3. What nutrients and foods are helpful to the immune system?
  4. Which AIM products help in cell protection? Why?

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