Contributed by Harleen Kaur

Introduction

It’s that time of the year again when Delhi’s air quality deteriorates to an all-time low, creating a health emergency.

The toxic air is making everyone cough, irritate their throats, and even spread viral diseases. People with asthma and cardiovascular problems fare worse.

After Diwali, when winter sets in, air quality drops in metro cities. So we must take care of children and ourselves and follow safety measures to prevent damage to the most important organ of our body – the lungs. Children’s lungs are not as strong as adults’ lungs, which increases their chances of lung organ inflammation and damage from pollutants.

Pollution from vehicles and construction activities are major contributors to Delhi’s pollution, accounting for about 25% of the total. But most of them are responsible for the burning of pulses in neighboring states.

The amount of toxic substances in Delhi’s air is increasing to such an extent that the body can no longer remove these harmful, cancer-causing chemicals. Smart pollutants are those that consist of particles less than 10 microns in size and can easily enter our lungs causing serious respiratory problems.

Even adults are vulnerable to serious health problems if exposed to polluted air for long periods of time. Consequently, we need to take precautions for our own safety. Continue reading this article to learn practical strategies to protect your family from current air quality.

5 Tips to Keep Your Lungs Safe

Say yes to a mask

After the covid-19 pandemic, we all got into the habit of wearing a mask and it is the best way to avoid breathing polluted air.

Different types of pollution masks are available in the market as the pollution levels reach dangerous levels. There are many options available including disposable masks, washable, reusable masks and masks with carbon filters. It is advised that people should never leave the house without a mask as doing so can seriously affect their lungs which can lead to more serious respiratory diseases.

Have a good diet

You can maintain a strong immune system with proper diet, detox program and breathing exercises. One of the biggest ways to reduce the negative effects of air pollution is to eat plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, green vegetables, and healthy home-cooked meals.

Therefore, eating plenty of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich foods will better prepare your body to handle the effects of pollution. Consequently, boost your diet with adequate polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamins B, C, D, and E.

Use an air purifier

Pollution can affect you even when you are indoors. Experts claim that reduced outdoor air quality also affects the air inside your home. Installing an indoor air purifier can be helpful. To stop respiratory diseases or allergies, these devices can help get rid of dangerous particles and allergens in your home.

be aware

Keep track of weather forecasts, traffic updates and air quality indicators. Avoid going out of the house as much as you can, especially in locations with heavy traffic and pollution. Avoid outdoor activities as well.

Even if you live half a kilometer away from a busy road, you can still be affected by pollution. Whenever possible, use public transportation or carpool to further reduce local pollution.

Avoid outdoor activities

Any activity including jogging and even enjoying a nice walk should be avoided when pollution levels are high as spending more time outdoors means more exposure to toxic air and pollutants.

Since any vigorous physical activity tends to constrict your breath, experts advise against exercising or running, especially outdoors. Furthermore, while running, one is more likely to breathe deeply through the mouth, resulting in direct absorption of particles, even heavier ones that are normally filtered through the nose.

Plant more trees

Promote tree planting near you as they can provide best pollution protection for us. In addition to purifying and cleaning the air, plants emit more oxygen, which improves overall air quality. A tree can absorb about 25 kilograms of carbon dioxide per year. According to research, air quality is 75% better in places with lots of trees.

Last thought

Since the air we breathe now contains high levels of pollutants, it is the need of the hour to take necessary precautions for improved air quality.

So it is important to help yourself and your loved ones breathe easier by implementing the tips mentioned above. We should be more aware of our surroundings and as responsible citizens we should support national, state and local efforts to clean up the sources of pollution as much as possible. Because this pollution cannot be taken lightly as your life and the lives of those you love may depend on it.

Today, each of us can make small efforts, such as growing indoor plants. You should have air purifying plants like aloe vera, spider plant, snake plant, bamboo palm and others to reduce indoor pollution levels. These indoor plants are low maintenance because they produce a lot of oxygen and do not require regular watering or direct sunlight.

Additionally, you should undergo preventive health checkups. These health tests give a complete report on your health, allowing you to take necessary precautions to improve your health and ward off many illnesses.

Book a full body wellness exam today!

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