Copyright 2005 Trevor Dumbleton
An increasing problem in today's world is environmental stress. This is a type of stress caused by increasing pollution in air we breathe, water we drink, and even in sounds we hear. Though environmental stress seems to be simply a physical problem, it can actually alter ways that our minds work. However, too much environmental stress can also cause physical problems that will ruin our health and lower life expectancy.
One of most common, and most noticeable, types of environmental stress is air pollution. As factories churn out smoke and carcinogens, we are forced to breathe air that is filled with poisons. Whether we notice them or not, we cannot avoid them. Our lungs are constantly subjected to small particles that stick in lung tissue and gasses that can find their way into our bloodstream. Obviously, this is not a good situation, because we cannot exactly afford to stop breathing.
As well, we are subjected to a whole variety of chemicals when we drink water. With all chemicals that are used in farming, or sprayed on our lawns, or poured into our water supplies, water we drink is filled with all sorts of poisons that are doing our bodies no good. Once again, we cannot afford to stop drinking water, but we do need to be aware that water we are drinking contains a lot of things that we would not want in our bodies.
However, there is not much we can do to avoid this situation. Obviously, filtered water is superior to simple tap water, but even water filters cannot remove everything from our water. In fact, we do not want filters to remove all of substances, as water contains many electrolytes that are essential to ensuring proper functioning of our bodies. Even bottled water is not safe, as water has to come from somewhere and that somewhere is usually either a stream or from ground. Unfortunately, streams are filled with particulate matter and chemicals can soak into ground. However, some water is simply taken from municipal water supplies and those are not safe either. Thus, this is a problem that needs to be faced in day-to-day life.