The Effects Of Pollution On Our Health

By | July 12, 2016

Environmental pollution has become a major concern for the entire global community. Man-made pollution issues has managed to create the destruction of air, land, and sea, and raised concerns about the future of the planet as well as the generations to come. Estimates suggest that the oceans of the world will have more plastic than fish by 2050. Such terrifying information has led to many steps being taken to avoid such a disaster and to minimize the effects of pollution, in addition to pollution in general.

In addition to issues raised of the environment, concerns have also been cited about the effects of pollution on the health of human beings.

Effects on the skin

The skin is the most exposed part of the human body, and as such, pollution is a great contributing to its damage. Pollution has led to the depletion of the ozone layer that blocks out the harmful rays of the sun. This has led to exposure to these rays, leading to fatal skin cancers. Heavy-duty sunscreens are required to be used daily in order to avoid such detrimental effects.

Pollutants in the air also cause irritation and leads to rashes, due to dust and micro-debris settling on the skin, especially on the face, as dust and dirt gathers on any creams or cosmetics that is applied to the face, including sunscreen. Due to this, it is necessary to use an exfoliating face scrub or cleanser to get rid of oil and dirt, in order to avoid clogged pores and breakouts.

Effects on the body

The pollution of soil, through the dumping of garbage and the harmful gases and chemicals that are released into the ground due to decomposition, has led to both the pollution of land as well as ground water. Consuming any food items from crops grown in such land can lead to high levels of chemical and metal deposits in the body, such as mercury deposits. Certain chemicals and growth hormones provided to livestock are also released back into the soil and ground water when consumed. This is a major concern of the global environment-friendly organizations, due to the difficulty that arises when looking to eliminate this problem. It is a dangerous cycle, where for example, certain kinds of plankton growing in the water can be exposed to chemicals in the soil, and once consumed by fish, these deposits, especially mercury, settle in the fish’s system, and once consumed by humans, settles in theirs. In order to break this cycle, the oceans of the world are one of the main areas on which scientists have chosen to focus.