Aging gracefully is hard enough on its own, even without regular exposure to harmful pollutants that can threaten your health and impair your quality of life. With this in mind, agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and other watchdog organizations are dedicated to protecting the environment – and the general public – from harsh chemicals.

One of the most recent developments in this field is the release of various smartphone apps that provide air quality readings from areas across the United States.. According to CNN, the EPA released a free app called AIRNow in January. The program allows smartphone users to enter a specific zip code and find out the pollution level in that region.

The app reportedly accounts for levels of a certain pollutant, PM 2.5, that is especially harmful for people with lung and heart problems. By making this information easily accessible via AIRNow, representatives from the EPA have expressed the hope people with heightened sensitivities will be able to avoid more polluted areas. However, everyone can benefit from an increased awareness of this toxic presence. In addition, the software shows a map of the United States that is color-coded to show high and low pollution parts of the country.

In June, the American Lung Association released a similar program called State of the Air® that provides air pollution readings, along with health-related recommendations regarding what activities are safe in current conditions.

But, even with these new developments, heavy metals and other toxins are too prevalent in household products, building materials and other items that we come into contact with regularly. To flush these potentially harmful substances out of your system, Longevity Centres of America offers detoxifying treatments including infrared sauna therapy and IV chelation.