Air, Sleep, Stress: 3 Major Health Issues in the United States and What You Can Do Right Now

Of course, there are a lot of health issues we can talk about that need our attention right now in the United States. But these three, in particular: air, sleep, and stress can actually be combatted at home. Relief is, surprisingly, easier than you may have imagined.


First, however, let’s talk about the problems just to get some perspective about how important they are.


Air. In 2014, reports revealed that the nation’s air quality was dangerous for more than half of the population thanks to high levels of pollution. And although the 2017 “State of the Air” published by the America Lung Association shows continued air quality improvement over the last few years, there’s still cause for concern. The same publication noted that four out of every ten people in the United States live in communities with unhealthy air conditions, putting people with asthma, COPD, lung cancer, and cardiovascular disease at increased risk.


Sleep. According to the CDC, one-third of the adult population in the United States don’t get enough sleep. Fueled by stress and anxiety, as well as issues like insomnia, Americans continue to be one of the most sleep-deprived populations in the world. When you are unable to sleep and don’t get the recommended seven hours each night, there is “an increased risk of developing chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and frequent mental distress.”


Stress. Stress is rampant in the United States, perhaps now more than ever. According to a 2017 study done by the American Psychological Association, 59% of people believe that this is “the lowest point” in our nation’s history, which directly translates to personal stress and anxiety. Every generation is now experiencing more stress than ever before, whether it’s caused by health insurance, crime, wars, or other personal issues happening at home.


Air. Sleep. Stress. Those are three big issues and, because of how big they are, seemingly impossible to tackle on your own.


Of course, that’s not true. There’s a lot you can do at home to help combat all three, and chances are one of these helpful tips isn’t at the top of your list (although it should be): live herbs.


Herbs are surprisingly beneficial when it comes to combatting poor air quality, lack of sleep, and increased levels of stress. In fact, just the act of having fresh herbs in your home can be helpful.


The long-term effect of all three of these issues should be a concern to all of us. You really can take much of your health into your own hands. And, when your hands are full of herbs, they’re even more powerful than you might have imagined.

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