Thirdhand Smoke: Harmful residue

We all know the hazards of smoking. The person actually smoking is at risk for
many health problems. Second hand smoke can lead to emphysema and lung cancer.
But have you heard of 3rd hand smoke (THS)??
This is the less visible type which consists of all the particles and chemicals
that land on basically every surface in the smoking area. It can be on the
person’s clothes, in their hair, on the floor, and on the furniture.

There are 11 types of
chemicals that when left on surfaces, are considered carcinogens. They’re is
all bad because these are cancer causing. “Off-gasing” is the terms for when
the chemicals have landed on the surface but then release back into the air as
gas. It seems toxins are released everywhere from cigarettes. These toxins can
then interact with other chemicals in the environment. Toxins then are either
inhaled, ingested (they land on food), or absorbed through the skin. Overtime,
the toxins continue to accumulate and become more and more harmful. Let’s say a
person smokes in their car, obviously these chemicals just keep piling up.

Children are the biggest
victims of THS. Children sit and play on the floor. They put their fingers in
their mouths and touch surfaces.

It is important to be
adamant about not smoking in your home or vehicle to avoid THS. Studies have
shown in a house left unoccupied for 2 months, these chemicals were still
present. Acidic cleaners, especially vinegar, can help with some of the
cleaning.

So what is the best
solution to avoid third hand smoke?? Well, quitting smoking. Nicotine is highly
addictive and studies have shown it is nearly as addictive as heroin.

Smokers enjoy the “kick”
from inhaling nicotine. The head change from nicotine entering the bloodstream,
releases adrenaline and creates a euphoric feeling with dopamine.

Smoking doesn’t just affect
the smoker. The cigarette residue remains on clothing, drapes, furniture, just
to name a few surfaces. Opening the windows or turning on a fan don’t eliminate
the problem. You don’t want to serve a nice dinner on a thirdhand smoke residue
kitchen table. The best solution is to maintain a smoke free lifestyle. Even stepping
outside to smoke is not the right answer. It is polite to share, but not when
it comes to smoking and it’s plethora of harmful side effects.

https://academic.oup.com/mutage/article/28/4/381/2459888

https://academic.oup.com/her/article/28/5/923/617816

https://www.aappublications.org/content/30/11/8.2

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Megan Johnson McCullough owns a fitness studio in Oceanside CA called Every BODY’s Fit. She has an M.A. in Physical Education & Health Science, is a current candidate for her Doctorate in Health & Human Performance, and she’s an NASM Master Trainer & Instructor. She’s also a professional natural bodybuilder, fitness model, Wellness Coach, and AFAA Group Exercise Instructor.

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About the Author

Megan Johnson McCullough owns a fitness studio in Oceanside CA called Every BODY’s Fit. She has an M.A. in Physical Education & Health Science, is a current candidate for her Doctorate in Health & Human Performance, and she’s an NASM Master Trainer & Instructor. She’s also a professional natural bodybuilder, fitness model, Wellness Coach, and AFAA Group Exercise Instructor.

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Liver Health: Naturally taking care of your body

The liver is the largest internal organ in the body. This
organ has so many important jobs. Some of these include processing nutrients,
medications, hormones as well as helping prevent infections by removing
bacteria and toxins from the blood. The liver weighs about 3 pounds and is
located on the right side of the stomach. Think of the liver as about the size
of a football. It is protected by the rib cage, so we aren’t able to touch or
feel it. This organ is composed of two large lobes on the right and left sides.
The liver is assisted by the gallbladder and pancreas to perform its functions
which includes the digestion, absorption, and processing of food. Along with
its role in the digestive tract, the liver filters blood before it travels to
the rest of the body, metabolizes any medications we take, and make proteins
for our blood’s health.

As important as the liver is, there are a number of
disorders than can disrupt its functioning. Some of these conditions include
hepatitis which is inflammation of the liver, cancer, cirrhosis which is
permanent scarring, liver failure, and gallstones, just to name a few. This
dysfunction can be due to genetics, viruses, alcohol use, and obesity. Signs
that the liver is poorly functioning include jaundice (yellowing of the eyes
and skin), dark urine, chronic fatigue, easily bruising, abdominal pain, itchy
skin, and swelling of the legs and ankles. Factors that can put one at
increased risk for these symptoms includes unprotected sex, diabetes, obesity,
heavy alcohol use, drugs injected by needles, and tattoos or piercings. It is
important to find the cause and extent of liver damage upon any of these signs.
Alcohol use inflames the liver and excessive drinking leads to scarring. Treatment
is determined by these results, but always starts with lifestyle modifications
including stopping the use of alcohol and losing weight.

There are plenty of self-care approaches that can improve
liver health. This starts with detoxifying the liver. One of the main jobs of
the liver is to rid the body of toxins, so it is important to not have alcohol,
smoke, or excessive amounts of sugar including sucrose and fructose. Milk
thistle is associated with improving liver health. This herbal remedy can help
reduce inflammation. Green tea and vitamin E are also beneficial. Curcumin can
also help protect the liver. It is easy to take advantage of what our body can
do, especially when we don’t see these functions happen. Don’t take for granted
what your liver can do and is mean to do. As it works in silence, this organ is
critical for our health. Don’t toxify the detoxing organ in your body.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/liver-problems/symptoms-causes/syc-20374502

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https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/detoxing-your-liver-fact-versus-fiction

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-dubious-practice-of-detox

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Megan Johnson McCullough owns a fitness studio in Oceanside CA called Every BODY’s Fit. She has an M.A. in Physical Education & Health Science, is a current candidate for her Doctorate in Health & Human Performance, and she’s an NASM Master Trainer & Instructor. She’s also a professional natural bodybuilder, fitness model, Wellness Coach, and AFAA Group Exercise Instructor.

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About the Author

Megan Johnson McCullough owns a fitness studio in Oceanside CA called Every BODY’s Fit. She has an M.A. in Physical Education & Health Science, is a current candidate for her Doctorate in Health & Human Performance, and she’s an NASM Master Trainer & Instructor. She’s also a professional natural bodybuilder, fitness model, Wellness Coach, and AFAA Group Exercise Instructor.

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