However meticulous you may be about the household products you purchase or the foods you consume, it's almost impossible to avoid contact with environmental toxins and other chemicals. Walking through the streets of Houston, you'll inevitably be exposed to auto emissions and other forms of pollution, and according to a new study from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), breathing in these compounds may be more detrimental than you think.

Researchers from UCLA have found that the chemicals emitted in car exhaust can actually set off a terrifying transformation in our bodies – turning the "good," heart-healthy cholesterol in our systems into its artery-clogging counterpart.

"This is the first study showing that air pollutants promote the development of dysfunctional, pro-oxidative [high-density lipoprotein] cholesterol and the activation of an internal oxidation pathway, which may be one of the mechanisms in how air pollution can exacerbate clogged arteries that lead to heart disease and stroke," associate professor and lead investigator Dr. Jesus Araujo said in a UCLA press release.

High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is known to promote heart health by essentially cleaning up some of the low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) that accumulates along the inner walls of blood vessels and redirecting it toward the liver to be reprocessed.

If you're concerned about how auto emissions and other toxins may be affecting your overall health, contact the anti-aging doctors at Longevity Centres of America in Houston today. We specialize in detoxification treatments like IV chelation therapy. as well as bioidentical hormone replacement and other procedures that can help you age gracefully.