Air pollution adversely impacts our health by causing damage to our lungs, kidneys, heart and brain.
There is still no relief from the negative effects of the poisonous air that residents continue to breathe in as the air quality in Delhi-NCR continues to be very poor.
Even if the air quality index (AQI) has marginally improved over the previous several days from severe to very poor, being outside, especially in the morning and evening, is still harmful to our health.
One must make every effort to prevent health issues brought on by toxic air because they can affect anybody, especially children and the elderly, including those with strong immune systems. To maintain general health in the face of pollution, while one can use air purifiers, take steam baths, consume wholesome foods, and get enough sleep but there are foods that can help you prevent the severe effects of air pollution and will also enable you to fight better against diseases caused by pollution, which are listed below:
Foods that will protect you from the effects of air pollution
Curcumin, turmeric’s most potent active component, is crucial for combating air pollution. Its anti-inflammatory properties stop the lungs from becoming infected.
You can add a 500 mg dosage of curcumin supplement rather than just adding haldi to your milk or water for better results.
This pollution warrior list is incomplete without Amla, which is high in vitamin C and protects cells from poisons in the environment. Add one amla to the glass of vegetable juice you are drinking.
Amla can also be consumed in the form of Amla juice that’s available in the market.
Include broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables in your diets, such as cabbage, cauliflower, and Bok Choy (Chinese Cabbage). They contain sulforaphane, a compound that aids in the body’s removal of benzene which is one of the worst air pollutants.
Additionally, abundant in vitamin C and beta-carotene, this veggie will strengthen your immune system.
Both omega3 and phytoestrogen chemicals are abundant in them. Nutritionists emphasise that several studies have demonstrated that flax seeds lessen allergic responses in people with asthma, which means they also lessen the impact of pollution. Each day, consume two soaked tablespoons of flax seeds.
Omega-3 fatty acids are abundant in fish. Omega-3 fatty acids are thought to protect the body against cardiac illnesses including arrhythmia, heart failure, and heart attacks as well as battle inflammation in the brain. The brain is protected by omega-3 fatty acids from neurotoxins like lead and mercury that are present in smog.
By including several green veggies in your diet, you may support your body’s defence against free radicals, which may harm you if their concentration rises.
Chlorophyll, a component found in green leafy foods, is a very potent antioxidant.
Air pollution can have major negative consequences on your health; it is the culprit in one-third of fatalities from heart disease, lung cancer, and stroke. Air pollution has an impact that is comparable to cigarette smoking and far greater than, for instance, the impact of consuming too much salt.
By adding the above-mentioned pollution warrior foods one can prevent the adverse effects of air pollution leading to lung, kidney and brain damage.
While the government and we as citizens are doing everything in our capacity to reduce air pollution, these foods will help you detox your body and prevent damage caused by a high AQI.
Furthermore, you should also undergo preventive health checkups. These health checkups give a complete report about your health, allowing you to take necessary precautionary measures to improve your well-being and keep a host of ailments at bay.
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