Radon gas exposure might not be something that you’ve heard of, but it’s so dangerous that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated the entire month of January National Radon Action Month. Here are some things you should know about radon gas and why you should avoid it:
What Is Radon Gas?
Uranium is a radioactive substance that occurs naturally in small amounts in many soils. When uranium breaks down, it produces radon gas, and this gas then leaves the soil and enters the air. In many cases, this would be the end of the story, but the radon gas released from the soil can penetrate through cracks in the foundations of your home. In turn, radon gas can then build up inside your home.
How Does Radon Gas Affect the Lungs?
A building up of radon gas in homes is problematic because of the negative effects this gas can have on the lungs. Often, people aren’t even aware that radon gas is present in their home because it’s colorless, odorless and tasteless. However, breathing it in for long periods of time can allow the gas to enter the lungs. When it does, the gas becomes stuck in the tissue that lines your lungs, and it gives off radiation that can damage your lungs over time.
Does Breathing In Radon Cause COPD?
Radon gas is a well-known cause of lung cancer. In fact, the American Cancer Society (ACS) reports that radon inhalation is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. However, a study published by the European Respiratory Journal (ERJ) also links this gas to the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
COPD is often caused by a factor that causes increased inflammation in the lungs. Radon gas inhalation leads to the release of radiation that can cause inflammation, and it also tends to cause COPD-linked symptoms like chronic coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath if your exposure continues for long enough. The ERJ study also reports people who already have COPD are likely to have a shorter life expectancy if they’re being exposed to radon gas in their homes.
What You Can Do
Now that you have this information about how radon and COPD are related, you may be ready to take action. As many as 1 in 15 homes has high levels of radon. If you suspect your home has high radon levels, you can purchase a test kit at home improvement stores or online.
Find Out How Lung Health Institute Can Treat COPD Symptoms Naturally
A big component of the AI2 is information about many lung-healthy food options, including antioxidant berries. You’ll also find that it contains specific recipes that are designed to help your lungs. Other information in this initiative includes exercise advice, relaxation tips and foods that patients with chronic lung disease should avoid. All these natural methods are combined with the intention of helping to boost your immune system and training your body to fight inflammation using fats.
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