Studies have shown that exposure to particulate air pollution can lead to serious lung conditions – such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) – cardiovascular disease, cancer, and shortened lifespan, etc. As the levels of pollution continue to be high in many regions across the globe, people with respiratory disorders, in particular, will have to be extra careful to reduce the chances of having asthma attacks. Here are a few tips to protect yourself and your loved ones from the negative impacts air pollution.
PUT ON MASK: Pollution levels usually surge during festive season like this which causes people to experience breathlessness, coughing and irritation in their nasal passages. Dust is the major reason behind the rise in pollution level, therefore, wearing a mask while in traffic and other public places will help to a great deal. Invest in masks with sub-micron filters as it helps prevent dust particles from getting into your lungs. However, if you aren’t comfortable with masks, you can always cover your face with a handkerchief.
EAT HEALTHY TO STRENGTHEN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM: Studies have shown that certain food help build the immune system and combat pollution. Jaggery contains iron which increases our lungs’ capacity to carry oxygen through the blood. Vitamin C-rich foods, especially lemon and oranges, help increase our body’s immunity. Foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium too help the body fight pollutants. People who suffer from breathing issues can have honey as it can also help with clearing mucus. On top of this, a balanced and healthy diet consisting of seasonal fruits and will help reduce inflammation as well.
GARGLING AND STEAM: Pollution and smog cause congestion in the throat which can be very uncomfortable. Practice gargling with alkaline water after coming home from outside. It should cause relief and clear the cough. Taking steam will also help clear the nose and cause relief.
NATURAL HERBAL AND AYURVEDIC REMEDIES: Having turmeric milk can help reduce inflammation. Also, tulsi and neem can help with ill effects of air pollution. Also, make sure that your house has a tulsi plant to absorb air particles.