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Is Your Car Making You Sick?

By Sara Butler

If you own a car, chances are you're in it every single day. A car really does represent freedom, but it's also something that can make you sick if you're not careful. We're not talking about motion sickness, though that is a problem in cars for some people. What we're talking about are the illnesses that can be caused by things as hazardous to your health and mold and toxic fumes, as well as things you may not suspect, such as sitting in your car for hours at a time. Here are a few things you should be on the lookout for in your car to make sure it's not making you sick.

Bacteria - On Wheels!

Your car is full of more hazardous bacteria than you may realize. Places like your door handle, radio buttons, steering wheel, and gear shift are all teeming with bacteria, including the possibility of very dangerous ones such as salmonella and E. coli. That's why you should give your car a thorough cleaning every few weeks, making sure to focus on the places mentioned with a good anti-bacterial cleaner.

Mold - In Your Vents!

Your air conditioning helps to make your car bearable to travel in during the dog days of summer and the vents keep you toasting during the colder months of the year, but they may have mold lurking in them. Any dampness in your car can cause mold to grow in the vents where it can then easily spread throughout your car. If you happen to smell mold when you turn on your car, then you need to get it checked out. And make sure to clean the air vents periodically.

Sitting - For Far Too Long!

Have you heard that sitting is the new smoking? Meaning that if you sit for long periods of time, then you're putting your health at great risk. Sitting for too long each day can literally take years off of your life and make you more susceptible to developing a chronic disease such as diabetes and heart disease.

No matter how long your commute, make sure you get some movement into your day. Take a walk at lunch or take frequent breaks at work to get up and stretch. If you are in the car a lot, then make sure to stop periodically to stretch and move around too. And don't forget to exercise regularly when you're not in your car.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Downey, Calif.

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