How Will Your Choices Affect Your Body?

You have most likely been informed of the dangers that tobacco, drug, and alcohol use behold. However do you truly understand the threat they pose against your life? Your everyday choices can affect you long term by either harming or benefitting your body. Small actions taken to improve  the amount you exercise, quality of air, and kinds of food you eat will only benefit you in the long run.

In the United States alone, an estimated 42.1 million adults smoke. While 53,800 people die every year from second hand smoke exposure. A single cigarette contains over 600 chemicals, while when they burn, more than 7,000 chemicals are generated producing poisonous and cancerous chemicals exposing you and others nearby. When you inhale this smoke you are damaging your lungs and overtime causing them to lose there ability to filter these toxic chemicals. "Over time, smokers are at increased risk of developing these forms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Long-term smokers are also at increased risk of lung cancer."
- http://www.healthline.com/health/smoking/effects-...

Imagine everything you've managed to accomplish all wiped away because of drugs. Drugs can change a person's body and brain in ways that last over their entire life. Drugs often impact people through stress, addiction,  violence, physical injuries, relationships, legal issues, internal damage, mental illness, and put people through financial issues. The temporary satisfaction that drugs provide are not worth the long term effects they put on your body and entire life.

"Alcohol misuse not only harms the individual, but damages relationships and society in general in terms of violence and crime, accidents and drunk driving," according to Know Your Limits. As well as alcohol having immediate effects, such as nausea and vomiting,  prolonged heavy drinking over long periods of time can effect you in many different ways. Excessive drinking over time can cause negative effects on your whole body including brain damage, cancers, heart and circulation issues, lungs, liver, stomach, pancreas, intestine, kidneys, fertility, bones, weight gain, skin, and mental health. As you continue to drink, temporary relief is needed all the time and you fall into a vicious cycle of addiction.
-http://www.knowyourlimits.info/know%E2%80%A6-effec...

Obesity is associated with nearly 1 in 5 US deaths, according to a study in the American Journal of Public Health. Simply exercising controls weight, combats health conditions and diseases, improves mood, boosts energy, and promotes a  better life style. Sacrificing a little bit of time each day is truly worth the endless benefits that come with exercising.
-http://greatist.com/fitness/13-awesome-mental-heal...

Are you aware of the particle pollution in the air that you breath every day? Well scientific studies have linked long-term particle pollution, especially fine particles, with significant health problems including increased respiratory symptoms, such as irritation of the airways, coughing or difficulty breathing, decreased lung function, aggravated asthma, development of chronic respiratory disease in children, development of chronic bronchitis or chronic obstructive lung disease, irregular heartbeat, nonfatal heart attacks, premature death in people with heart or lung disease, and death from lung cancer. These particles that cause the significant health problems above are in the air that you could potentially be breathing right now. By avoiding exposure to poor quality air, you are helping your body to live a healthier, longer life.
-http://www.sparetheair.com/health.cfm?page=healtho...

You already know healthy eating can have a positive impact on your life, but just how far do these benefits extend? Evidence suggests regularly eating healthy, well-balanced meals contributes to sustained weight maintenance, a better mood, increased energy levels, positive inspiration to others, and a heightened quality of life. Exchanging that bowl of ice cream for a bowl of fruit goes a long way. Sacrificing some of your favorite foods for those that are healthier for you seems like a big deal. However before you eat your next meal, truly ponder the benefits that a salad may hold over that hamburger, and you may reconsider your diet. After all, you are what you eat! To receive instruction on what a healthy diet should consist of click the link below:
- http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/

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