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Increase Longevity, Breathe Cleaner Air

Applied Health Briefs

Applied Health Briefs

Topics of Health and Natural Healing
Issue {2}
ISSN: 1525-6359


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What’s the secret to a healthy, long life? Take a deep breath . . . . Breathe in clean air!

In the past, studies have found that air pollution has a negative impact on health by increasing illness and death rates. To add to these findings, a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine compared air quality from the late 1970’s to early 2000’s with life expectancy in 51 US cities.

In the study, researchers from Brigham Young University and the Harvard School of Public Health found that life expectancy increased over the last few decades by three years. Out of the three-year increase, five months were related to improvements in air quality. They discovered several factors were related to life expectancy, including an increase in healthy diets and decrease in smoking prevalence. Researchers concluded that cleaner air was an important factor for increasing health and longevity. Breathing in pure, clean air, reduces heart and lung disease risks, as well as improves circulation, oxygen flow, and relieves stress. Just breathe and say Ohmmm….  


Pope C., Ezzati M., Dockery D. Fine-particulate air pollution and life expectancy in the United States. N Engl J Med. 2009 Jan; 360(4): 376-386.

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