Winter and pollution is a lethal combination. The air quality is at its lowest, which spikes health and respiratory problems. With a number of Indian cities already breathing in gas chambers, here is a little list of things that will help you maintain your health during these cold months.
Indoor Air Purifying Plants
Indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to health. While we cannot stop the polluted air from residing at our place, we can surely clean it. Plants purify air by absorbing some of the particulates from the air at the same time when they take in carbon dioxide. Also, the microorganisms in the potting soil also help with the cleaning. If you want to know which are these indoor plants, click here.
It is essential that we protect ourselves from inside out. Food proves to be one of the best fighting agents against pollution. What to eat? Chilli peppers, oranges, kiwis, kale, almonds, olive oil, flaxseeds, chia seeds, carrots, spinach, sweet potatoes, etc. All these foods are filled with antioxidants which greatly help curb the repercussions of pollution. Sounds like a lot of food, Want a quick fix? (Of course, you do) Make an anti-pollution smoothie!
Take a handful of berries
Half an avocado
One tablespoon flaxseeds/chia seeds
Blend, and have immediately.
You can also add jaggery to your diet. It substantially pulls out pollutants from your lungs and helps you breathe better.
Refrain Going On Morning And Evening Walks
Winter mornings are so cosy, you anyway feel like skipping your morning walk/jog. And now you have a legitimate reason to do so! (No, really). We say this because the smog or the hazy air we see in winter mornings is nothing but a mixture of smoke and fog. So, all you are doing is breathing pollution, and if inhaled continuously, it could lead to severe health problems. However, if you don’t want to give your walk a miss, you can go around 11 or 11:30 am when the smog has considerately settled.
Sweat It Out
Despite taking meticulous steps to duck pollution, it still manages to seep in your system. Luckily, there is a solution to that as well. You can pull out pollutants from your body through the skin. Take a steam bath regularly and add some drops of eucalyptus oil to the water for added benefits. This will cleanse the skin. For those suffering from breathing problems, is it advised to take inhale steam a couple of times during the day to clean your respiratory tract. Gargling with saline water also helps relax the throat and washing your face and eyes after coming home will help soothe the burning eyes.
Invest In A Car/Home Air Purifier
Infants, people with lung diseases and the elderly are more prone to get affected by air pollution. And since polluted air is omnipresent, it pushes the need for a good home and car air purifier. It helps subdue pollutants and keep the AQI (Air Quality Index) relatably better.
Opt for these measures, and breathe free!