Reducing pollution and encouraging hygienic living habits is the best way to keep our environment clean.
It is not enough to get annual health check-ups and take prescription medication diligently. We must also ensure that the environment we live in is conducive towards leading a healthy lifestyle. Every year thousands of people succumb to medical conditions caused or aggravated by exposure to pollutants or toxins in their home or work environment. This makes it essential to maintain a clean and hygienic environment for all our sakes. Our planet, our health – the link is inevitable.
WHAT ROLE DOES THE PLANET PLAY IN YOUR HEALTH?
Environmental Health refers to the impact of chemical, physical, biological, and social factors in the environment that affects the health and well-being of humans. Without us even knowing there are pollutants or toxins in our immediate environment that are detrimental to our health. Understanding what these factors can be and building a suitable environment is important to maintain proper health.
Key requirements for a healthy environment that promotes healthy living:
Ways in which the environment can affect our health:
It is important to note that being aware of possible health hazards related to our environment is the only way to protect ourselves. Reducing pollution and encouraging hygienic living habits is the best way to keep our environment clean.
In recent years, Climate Change has been a great topic of debate and concern. This is because research has shown that human activity and lifestyle choices have increased the amount of carbon dioxide in the air and increased the temperature of earth by 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit in the last decade. Though it might appear to be a slight change, the impact is multifield. Increase in earth temperature will melt glaciers, increase sea level, cause coastal storms, endanger wildlife and lead to droughts and floods.
Ways to protect the planet and ourselves:
Maintaining a healthy environment has a considerable impact on the quality of life we lead. It is important for the community as a whole to come together in order to improve environmental health and thereby the planet’s health. Policymaking bodies must make an extra effort to ensure the environment is protected, in order to protect the health and well-being of the public.
CONSULTANT – FAMILY MEDICINE
MBBS, DNB (FAMILY MEDICINE)