I was for few days in lapland for an interview, its been a long time when i last time hiked there. It always comes like hit to a head. Man isnt the air clean there. And i live in a quite small finnish town which is very clean atleast compared to metropolitan cities, but the difference in air quality near arctic circle is striking. I once were on school trip to a Rome and the air was absolutely disgustingly irritating to my nose, must be all the scooters etc.
I think its sometimes little bit foolish to worry one or two antinutrients in some leafy green if the air you breath is full of pollution and toxins, it goes right to your circulation from lungs. I am not a doctor but It would make sense.
How important is clean living enviroment you live in? And what do you do about it?
I think its very important. I make a conscious effort to get as much fresh air as I can each day, which is pretty easy for me due to my close proximity to the ocean.
It doesn't matter how healthy you eat if you breathe recycled and toxic fumes all day imo.
Very good question. In addition to the area where we live, we also need to consider the air quality in our own homes, which may be easier for us to control than where we live. Avoiding or eliminating off gassing materials like many carpets, filtering chlorine in showers, being conscious of cleaning methods. I live in the further out DC suburbs, so plenty of pollution here. Although I'm close to the mountains, pollution backs up against them in some weather conditions. Things I do - be very, very conscientious about my interior home air quality. Hard wood floors, swept regularly. No cleaning products from the cleaning aisle - real soap, baking soda, white vinegar, salt. Keep windows open as much as possible - most houses are more polluted inside than out. Plant lots of trees on my property for filtering and oxygen production. Walk in areas away from roads and surrounded by trees. Limit the amount that I contribute to local pollution - drive a hybrid only as needed, no AC. Limit pollution contribution in a broader area - buy used for anything possible, avoid plastic, buy local products to avoid excess shipping....
We are lucky to live in the country by a lake where the air is fresh and unpolluted. The nearest town is quite small with most of the heavy industry shut down, so it is relatively clean.
One of the things I appreciate most is the lack of traffic since we avoid a lot of fumes as well as the stress involved in driving/traffic jams/etc.
For the winter season we drive to a small town in Mexico on the Pacific Ocean. Once there, the only time we are exposed to pollution is when we take a shopping trip to the nearest city, and the air there usually gives me an allergic reaction.
We are retired and able to avoid most pollution, but it is not as easy for people who need to work in the city. In that case I think every small thing you can do to help, whether it is organic greens or good quality meat, has importance in the overall picture of health.