U-mask vs N95

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Which is the best anti pollution mask in terms of protection from smog?

Most pollution mask users are confused about  how one anti pollution mask is different from the other. This is actually a good point since when your health is at stake only the best applies.

In order to make you life easier here is a chart to compare U-Mask vs N95 , the most common standard used by companies like  3M, Vogmask, Respro and others to classify their masks. N95 is also used to classify respirators for medical use covering a broad spectrum of applications.

U-mask is the first face mask in the world to have inserted a BioActive layer in the replaceable filters in order to replicate the exclusive Biotech Air Purification principle of U-earth biotechnologies Air Purifiers, the most efficient professional air purifiers in the world.

Great for protection when riding a bike or a motorbike, also protects from allergies and during sand storms to protect from the microorganisms which travel in desert dust.

U-mask is sold online and shipped worldwide from www.u-maskstore.eu

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Learn more on how using a u-mask can efficiently protect you from all the air contaminants by reading this article.

Should i really ride my bike to work to stay fit?

Are cyclists more affected by pollution than people who commute by car?

Although cycling is considered healthier than driving, people who ride a bike within a city can be exposed to a significant higher amount of pollutants than people who commute to work by car. This year, the Fort Collins Commuter Study has published the first set of results of their study on the exposure to pollutants while commuting to work in different ways.

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The participants were 45 healthy, non-smoking workers who resided in Fort Collins and commuted to work every day, either by bicycle or by car. They were equipped with a GPS and a monitoring device in order to track both their route and their exposure to air pollution.
A similar study was also conducted in Montreal by McGill’s Department of Civil Engineering, finding that even considering the lower levels of pollution usually found in Canadian cities, cyclists were still at risk of inhaling soot and other pollutants.

How does their exposure vary?

The level of exposure varied significantly by pollutant: it was found that, on average, drivers were more exposed to carbon monoxide and gaseous pollutants, while cyclists were more exposed to particulates like black carbon.

Also, since cyclists usually breath harder, they inhaled a higher amount of pollutants than the one detected by the monitoring device; their exposure was two or even three times higher than it would have been if they had, for example, walked to work.

The exposure also varied depending on the route: Fort Collins has many bicycle lanes, but they are usually located right next to car lanes; while they are helpful in promoting exercise and in keeping cyclists safe, they also expose them to the many pollutants emitted by cars and other vehicles.

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Another study conducted in London, for example, showed that cyclists’ had, on average, two or three times the amount of black carbon in their lungs compared to people who did not bike within the city: the presence of black carbon in the lungs can be associated with an increased risk of heart attacks and reduced lung functions. While it is still unclear whether the benefits of cycling can offset the risks caused by black carbon, this is surely a result that needs to be taken into consideration.

Does changing routes help?

It was suggested that cyclists could lower their particulate exposure by taking alternative routes that were farther from the city centers, so data from these alternate routes were also analyzed. It was found that cyclists who took these paths managed to reduce their mean particulate exposure, but since these routes were also longer, their cumulative particulate exposure was significantly higher than if they hadn’t taken the alternate route.

During this part of the study, the alternate routes that were analyzed were still within the city, but it was not always possible for participants to take them. The next part of the study will concentrate on studying off-road paths and their effect on cyclists’ exposure.

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How can we lower cyclists’ exposure to air pollution?

Our environment is still very car-centric; in some areas, cars are responsible for more than one third or even half of the air pollution; thus, one of the firsts step in reducing cyclists exposure to air pollution has to be to reduce air pollution. This can be done by promoting public transport, making it easier for people to move within the city without using a car, and by giving incentives to people who walk, bike or take the bus to work.

The location of bicycle lanes also matter: by building them farther from major roadways, it is possible to lower the cyclists’ exposure to pollutants. While this will take time, especially in cities that already have many bicycle lanes, the data from these studies will help decide the best locations and layout for the new ones that will have to be built.

The researchers in Montreal are also working on applications for smartphone and computers, which will help users choose the routes with lesser exposure.

It was also suggested to build electric-only routes, to be shared by bicycles and electric cars; while these routes would certainly be healthier – as electric cars don’t emit pollutants – it would still be necessary to build bicycle lanes in order to make cyclists safe. It is also a very radical solution that will not probably be a real possibility for many years, as electric cars are still uncommon and more expensive than regular ones.

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Is cycling still healthier than driving?

While we still don’t know all the risks associated with cycling within cities, it is still reasonable to believe that cycling to work is still healthier than driving. The next part of the study, which will analyze off-road paths that are very far from major roadways, will shed some light on how alternate routes can really protect cyclists from pollution.

Still, we do not have enough data to make an informed decision; this is why it is important to keep looking for ways to make cycling healthier for everyone, especially when it is not possible or practical to take an alternate route.

Meanwhile your best option is to protect yourself with the best anti-pollution mask you can find on the market. Learn more on U-mask, definitely one of the best option, on www.u-mask.eu.

Your health deserves only the best against air pollution.

the 4 best ways to avoid anti aging effects of air pollution

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Avoiding air pollution on your skin and in your lungs, will bring more oxygen to your blood cells and will keep your skin more radiant and young.

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Burning cole for heating, gasoline for an engine to work, a forest fire, anytime something gets burned there is a release of nano particles in the air. The direct damage from air pollution is that once inhaled, those particles will lodge into your lung tissue.

A similar process happens on the skin.

When you are walking in the street of a city like Honk Kong, Dubai, new York or London, alongside the traffic you get the exhaustion of the cars in your face plus related nano particles.

In this case  the nano particles touch the surface of the skin and start bouncing around poking holes in the skin’s collagen. The result is that the skin will loose its original structure and thickness. On top of this , the toxins on the skin surface clog up causing a number of skin problems like lack of circulation ( causing dry, dull skin), acne, puffiness, wrinkles.

The worst damage air pollution is responsible for is age spots. The pollution particles sitting on the surface of the skin while in urban environments increase the amount of melanin, or “skin pigmentation” , creating dark or discolored  spots.

French researchers also found that exposure to high levels of particulate is linked to suffer more easily of skin rashes and pink eye.  Not to mention the skin reaction to aerosolized environmental allergens found even in the countryside, released by chemical fertilizers and pollens.

There are a few ways to limit  the exposure, especially is walking in urban centers or riding a bike or a motorbike !!!!

1–    when outdoor limit the exposure to the pollutants by using a good anti pollution mask. U-mask for example is the first biotech mask in the world which will filter the air you are breathing to avoid pollution build up in your lungs, and also physically screen your face from the nano particles.

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2–    once home go religiously though a deep cleansing of the skin ( better if with natural products) in order to remove any larger particle sitting on your face.

3–   Eat heaps of anti oxidants. A diet rich of fruit and vegetables will help you fix your face. Vitamins A, C and E are the ons you mostly looking for and are found in red yellow and orange foods such as Oranges, carrots, and squash.

4-    spend as much as possible time in Pure Air Environments even when indoors. The exposure to indoor air pollution such as smoke, dust, mold, chemical in paints, furniture and cleaning products and  poor indoor air quality are one of the highest causes of premature aging and low productivity. Pure Air Zones will be your best choice when closing a gym , hotel, or any public space because it provide CERTIFIED  pure indoor air quality. Make sure the  air is treated with the best air purifiers on the market when you spend a lot of time in public spaces.

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Microorganisms in desert dust: are they dangerous for human health?

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DDT sprayed in Africa against malaria has been found in the fat of polar bears. What about desert sand storms?

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Desert dust is the dust resulted from the mobilization of soil into the atmosphere, which occurs primarily in arid regions such as deserts, especially in the presence of high energy winds. These winds can also cause dust storms that can be so powerful as to disperse significant amounts of soil across very large areas, including oceans. While the atmospheric pathways of desert dust clouds have been extensively researched in the past years, it is still largely unclear how desert dust affects human health, and specifically there have been few studies regarding the presence of microorganisms in desert dust and their impact on health.

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The main sources of desert dust are the largest deserts on Earth, which are located in North Africa and Asia: they are the Sahara and Sahel deserts in Africa, and the Gobi, Takla Makan, and Badain Jaran deserts in Asia. The African deserts are responsible for 50-75% of desert dust worldwide, but the process of desertification that has occurred in Asia for the past 20 years has caused the dust activity in that region to increase. The main difference between these two regions is that while dust storm activity is a seasonal event in Asia, being more prominent during the spring and causing effects in America and in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, it occurs year-round in the Sahara and Sahel deserts, impacting air quality in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, and America.

There are two components in desert dust that can negatively affect human health: micro particles (. It is easy to assert the damage made by micro particles: they can cause irritation, allergic reactions and asthma, which has a higher prevalence in areas frequently impacted by desert storms such as the Middle East and the Caribbean.

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The health impact of microorganisms is much trickier to study: while desert soil is rich in bacteria, viruses and fungi, it is important to ascertain how many of them are harmful for humans, and how many can actually arrive at their destination alive. There is also another aspect that might make dust storms dangerous for human health: the inhalation of dust particles might cause abrasion of the nasal mucosa, allowing bacteria that might normally reside on the surface of the mucosa to enter the bloodstream, causing infections or making them worse. So far, hundreds of bacteria and fungi present in desert dust have been identified and studied, while the presence of infectious human viruses in dust storms has yet to be investigated.

There are many different techniques used to detect and analyze microorganisms in desert dust, such as gravity deposition and volumetric assays for detecting and morphologic and sequence-based identification for analyzing.

These techniques have allowed scientists to prove the presence of live bacteria in desert dust, but no study so far has been able to definitively link their presence to outbreaks of diseases in humans. While there have been outbreaks of meningitis in the so-called “meningitis belt” of North Africa, in fact, there is still no definite proof that the outbreak was caused by the inhalation of Neisseria meningitidis present in desert dust. Among the other bacteria found in desert dust there are Staphylococcus aureus, Acinetobacter calcoaceticus and Staphylococcus xylosus; according to most studies, though, a relevant percentage of these bacteria are opportunistic pathogens, meaning that they don’t usually cause diseases in humans unless there are other concurrent causes, such as a depressed immune system, while only 5% of the bacteria found in desert dust are actual human pathogens.

The number of studies conducted on this matter is still small, but it seems plausible that there is some degree of risk associated with dust-borne microorganisms, especially for the young, old and immunocompromised.

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Among the fungi commonly found in desert dust, Coccidioides immitis is one of the most well-known and studied; it is also the only fungus that has been definitively linked with an outbreak of disease in humans. These outbreaks have been observed after large dust storms in California, with a sharp increase in the incidence rate of coccidioidomycosis, a disease that shows a definite difference in racial susceptibility, with Asians and black people being the highest risk groups. Similar outbreaks have been observed following exposure to earthquake-generated dust clouds, which are also common in California.

For a long time, the desert has been believed to be inhospitable and incapable to host a rich and diverse microbial community; today we know that this is not true, and we are only beginning to understand the risks connected with their presence in the air due to desert storms. There are a lot of questions that still need to be answered: how can we prevent outbreaks of diseases due to desert dust? How are people who move to desert areas affected by these pathogens? How does climate change influence desert dust?

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While research is progressing on the matter, it is advised to efficiently protect the respiratory tract from the fine dust during sand storms, specially for people prone to allergies and asthma, in order to limit the exposition as much as possible. U-earth biotechnologies has developed a new biotech dust mask called U-mask which has an innovative extra Bio-active layer which provides the highest protection available today on the market in dust masks, allergy masks and anti pollution mask. U-mask efficiency is better than any N95 and N99 face mask on the market and the internal Bio-activated layer will remain active for one year after opening the package.

Fine dust unfortunately is also able to travel into ducted air and reach indoor environments. This is probably the most dangerous form of dust, PM 2,5 and finer, which can cross the blood brain barrier.

Pure Air Zones are the solution to the need for certified Indoor Air Quality Environments where AIRcel professional air purification systems can render the air pure such as mountain air and U-monitor, the first real time 24/7 air quality monitoring system, can certify the quality of the air you are breathing.

Learn more on how to create your personal Pure Air Zone today on www.pure-air-zone.com and start living a new life free from allergies and airborne diseases.

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u-mask premium pack

U-mask premium pack is a ste containing one envelope to carry your U-mask in your bag while you are not using it, two sets of elastic ear bands  in different sizes, one interchangeable Refil, which can last up to one year , instructions and a cover for your Refil, for unlimited use. The cover displayed here is the model “Panda” available HERE.

3 ways a biotech anti-pollution mask can save your life

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At U-earth biotechnologies dealing everyday with air pollution problem solving, has made the research and development team aware of the terrible consequeces of exposure to outdoor contamination on human health.

 Air pollution kills more than AIDS and Malaria put together. The numbers released from  the World Health Organization in 2012 on air pollution speak very clearly: 1,78 billion people in the world are currently breathing unsafe air and 1 on 8 premature deaths are caused by air pollution.

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Volatile Organic Compounds, viruses and bacteria, pollution from traffic are amongst the worse contaminants you are exposed to, without mentioning fine dusts generated by sand storms and haze.

People living in urban settings should seriously consider changing their behavior in order to protect themselves from outdoor air pollution.

 Unfortunately most of them either are not aware of the problem, or they don’t wear a face mask because they are too embaracced for how it looks.

 On top of this, most anti-pollution masks are not effective on the finest contaminants and, most of all, they don’t destroy pollution but only just block it.

 This is very dangerous, especially when dealing with viruses and pathogenic bacteria contamination in crowded places such as hospitals, airports, subways. All crowded places are exposing you to potential diseases which can be easily avoided just by adopting the best practice of using a good anti pollution face mask / respirator.

 U-earth biotechnologies, a company leader in biotechnology for air purification, has studied the problem in order to find the way to use the science of biotechnology to improve the protection level of the current available face mask technology.

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The research came up with the development of a groundbreaking fabric layer, immobilized with enzymes to effectively screen and destroy the captured pollution.

The result is a brand new biotechnology face mask called U-Mask.

 The exclusive U-Ox® BIO-ACTIVE TM Layer inside U-mask performs tremendously more effectively than the nearest competitor which uses replaceble activated carbon cloth or surgery medical masks.

  The current competitors face masks are mostly made by a membrane of different pieces of cloth placed on your face.

This is , basically, like “sweeping the problem under the carpet.”

 THINK ABOUT IT, DO YOU REALLY WANT TO WALK AROUND WEARING A FILTER FULL OF CONTAMINANTS ON YOUR FACE?

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This is main reason why U-earth biotechnologies research and development team started looking for a solution for face masks.

Because of its unique ingredients, U-Ox® proprietary formula enzyme compound BIO-degrades the harmful compounds, viruses and pathogenic bacteria instead of simply filtering them.

The U-Ox® bio-active layer is designed to remain active up to one year of discontinued use after opening the package.

This said, let’s see how a biotech anti pollution mask has improved the current available technology :

 1- VIRUSES AND BACTERIA:

 once trapped into the mask pathogenic bacteria and viruses remain trapped into the layers of cloth of the mask and because of the heat and humidity of the breath they are prone to gladly survive.

U-mask internal biotech U-Ox® Bio-Active layer will recreate the conditions found in U-earth’s groundbreaking air purifiers, AIRcel, proven to capture and destroy 99% of airborne viruses and bacteria in hospitals.

 2- TRAFFIC POLLUTION:

 when jogging on the road, riding your bike or motorcycle, or simply walking in urban environments, you are constantly exposed to fumes and vapors emissions from traffic. Carbon Monoxide, heavy metals, black carbon and SOx and NOx compounds exposition should be taken in serious account !

 U-earth is specialized in industrial air purification, therefore dealing with those pollutants is a normal task for us to destroy in urban concentrations. U-mask will protect you activity and make your outdoor experience safe and enjoyable.

3- FINE DUST

 Fine dust coming from sand storms should also be taken in very serious consideration. Sand storms carry superfine particles, under 0,3 microns down to a few Amstrongs, which enter into your system and are are able to cross your Blood Brain Barrier, accumulating in your brain over the years.

 U-mask creates an internal proprietary phenomena we called ” molecular charge attraction”, well studied and explained  in U-earth air purifiers,  for which e  particles too small to be filtered by a membrane get trapped and held. 

 Note that U-mask is reusable and therefore can be gently wiped from external dirt lasting for hundreds of hours.

 The idea behind U-mask is the creation of a wearable Biotech Air Purifier.

On top of this, in order to make a face mask a gadget just as precious and good looking as a scarf or a tie, U-mask has a whole set of stylish covers which can be worn on the basic face mask in oder to match you outfit’s style.

 In order to make the technology immediately accessible to everyone, U-mask can be purchased online HERE  and shipped worldwide.

Don’t miss the chance to look stylish while effectively protecting your health with the firs biotech mask in the world, but most of all, protect your health from air pollution !!!

 If you have more questions or you need more informations please contact U-mask customer service and SUBSCRIBE to U-mask newsletter  to get updated with the latest news.

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