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A New York Breath

A New York Breath

Lauren Carlstrom

As a New Yorker, I appreciate Oxygen Plus (O+) because I know – and can be in control of – what's going into my lungs. Living in the tenth most polluted metro area in the U.S., even a quick walk with the dog can leave me coughing and gasping for a breath of fresh air (Rice).

Just today, I turned a corner with my pup, only to be greeted by a big cloud of second-hand cigarette smoke. Next, the taste and smell of a building renovation viscerally coated the inside of my mouth. To top off our walk, several large trucks whizzed by spouting out black exhaust fumes. And I felt terrible.

Knowing that most air pollution in a city (e.g., dust, soot, dirt, smoke), which scientists call Particulate Matter (PM)*, is invisible to naked eye made me feel all the worse (Air Visual). My mind raced to the thought of how these tiny particles may be lodging themselves deep into my, and my dog’s, respiratory tract. I counted myself in as one of the 9 of 10 people worldwide who breathes polluted air, and, as cited in a recent study, can harm my cognitive abilities (BBC News).

It’s days like today that I’m especially grateful for pure recreational oxygen from Oxygen Plus. A few deep breaths get a blast of pure oxygen directly into my body, restoring my oxygen levels to optimal levels, and helping mitigate exposure to dirty, polluted air.

I didn’t have a canister of O+ oxygen with me today, and I wanted to share my experience so I always remember – and you do, too – to carry a small canister of Oxygen Plus in case the big city sneaks up and steals all my oxygen again.

Breathe Easy,

Lauren Carlstrom

O+ Team Member

 

* Particulate Matter (PM) particles are so small they can only be seen with an electron microscope. Of all air pollution measures, PM2.5 is believed to pose the greatest health threat. Due to its small size, it has the ability to both remain suspended in the air for long periods of time, and be absorbed deep into the bloodstream upon inhalation. (Source: Air Visual, https://www.airvisual.com/air-quality/pm2-5).
Rice, Doyle. California has eight of 10 most polluted U.S. cities. USA TODAY. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/04/18/california-has-eight-10-most-polluted-u-s-cities/524815002/. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
Air Visual, PM2.5. https://www.airvisual.com/air-quality/pm2-5. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
BBC News. Air pollution may harm cognitive intelligence, study says. https://www.bbc.com/news/health-45326598. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
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