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Irregular Periods, PCOS and Infertility? Blame the Air Pollution!

Sign of a missed period may not invariably mean that you’re pregnant! Your body undergoes a lot of physical and hormonal changes to prepare itself for the onset of menstrual cycle. As such, there are a number of factors which have an influence on your periods.

These factors are both external and internal like weather, kind of air you breathe in, the type of food you consume, the kind of activities you do and the level of hormone secretion in your body. Exposure to any of these factors can affect your menstrual health.

Did you know that prolonged exposure to air pollution can destroy the regularity of your menstrual cycle! In fact, the magnitude of this problem will shock you- most women in the urban sectors of the country have developed health issues due to air pollution. A report titled ‘Airpocalypse’ written by Sunil Dahiya and Lauri Myllyvirta, Greenpeace studied 280 Indian cities and monitored their air quality. Out of these cities, 228 cities fall short of the annual permissible level of 60 micrograms per cubic meter for PM10, particulate matter in the air with a diameter less than 10 microns, exceeding the safe limits.

About 55 crore Indians live in these areas of high pollution, out of which 4.6 crore are little children! Imagine, if you’re facing this issue due to breathing in polluted air, your adolescent daughter too is breathing in the same air. Think how adversely she will be affected by this problem!

According to a study published in the journal of Human Reproduction, air pollution has negative effects on women’s health. It has stated that continuous exposure to polluted air may lead to infertility, metabolic syndrome and polycystic ovary syndrome. The study also revealed that girls between the ages of 14 to 18 years have become susceptible to having irregular menstrual cycles. The more they get exposed to air pollution during their high school years, the higher chance they have of irregular menstrual cycles even during their adulthood. Moreover, it is very difficult to regularize the cycle once it goes out of order.

The air we breathe contains toxins, pollutants, allergens and even PM 2.5. PM 2.5 is particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 microns or less. These small and fine particles can travel into the respiratory tract and lodge themselves in the lungs. They can be found in the exhaust of vehicles and gases that are emitted from burning of wood, oil, coal or other natural sources. You tend to breathe these particles in and end up having not just respiratory and cardiovascular problems but your reproductive system goes haywire too.

Air pollution is rising and soon, the air quality around us is turning caustic. Too bad, some cities have already experienced a spike in their air pollution levels and it’s not just the metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore but smaller cities like Dharwad, Bidar, Davangere and Kolar have also touched the ‘Severe’ mark. Other states like Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, have also been reported to have horrible air quality and the PM10 is way above the permissible levels.

After seeing the condition of the outdoor air, you might want to stay indoors to keep away from the pollution. According to the study conducted by EPA, the air inside your home can be up to 10 times worse than the air outdoors. The main culprits of indoor air pollution are your destructive activities like burning candles and agarbattis, cooking fumes, and lack of proper ventilation, spraying deodorants and room fresheners. Even the air you breathe inside your home can become your fatal enemy!

Don’t worry, we’re right here to help you fix your worries. So, here are a few preventive measures you can take and most importantly, switch to a healthier lifestyle TODAY! Here are a few things you can do to ensure that your menstrual health is in check!

1.Vitamin C

Add citrus food in your regular diet as it contains antioxidants which fight against impurities. They also fight against the free radicals floating in your body and boost your immune system. Include food items like guava, lemon juice, amla etc in your diet to stay healthy.

2. Get an air purifier at home

Getting an air purifier will be the best solution to tackle the negative impacts of air pollution and hence, we recommend Dr. Aeroguard as we ourselves are using it since a year!! It is also German GUI Lab certified and is built using the latest technologies. So, it won’t just eliminate the harmful particles, infection carrying microbes and dust from the air around you, but will also release vitamin C and silver diatoms thereby making the air clean and healthy for consumption.

Its 9 stage filtration system constitutes a HEPA filter, antimicrobial filter, anti-dust filter and a special therapeutic filter which ensures that your family breathes safe and healthy air. Don’t take it from us, try it for yourself. You can book a free home demo here.If you want to purchase an air purifier right away and protect your family’s health you can buy it online.

3. Omega-3 fatty acid

This is a good fat quotient as it helps to counter the effects of air pollution. It also helps the body prevent harmful side effects of air pollution on the individual’s heart and increase the lipid formulation. So, include food items like walnuts, chia and flax seeds in your diet to fight against air pollution.

4.Beta-carotene

This is the most important nutrient you need to include in your diet. It contains a number of antioxidants that you need to keep the inflammation in check. Vitamin A comes from beta-carotene which is good for your skin and eyes! It is generally found in green leafy veggies, carrots, radish, pumpkins and coriander seeds.

Menstrual health is a growing concern in our country and it is essential that you take care of your health starting from today.

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