Though the best way to prevent ourselves from the nasty smog these days is to avoid or spend less time outdoors, but to stay indoors all the time is not possible. So, it is very essential for us to boost our immunity. Some effective home remedies are available to beat the negative effect of the toxic air we breathe in every day.
Home remedial concoction suggested by Dr Priyanka Rohatgi, Senior nutritionist from Apollo Hospital
- Home remedy 1: Boil one glass of water and add few tulsi leaves, some grated ginger and a small piece of crushed gur to it. Let it boil for few minutes and consume it warm. This concoction will help boost immunity.
- Home remedy 2: Boil water with tulsi leaves, salt, lemon and honey in it. Drink warm. This can help clear congestion and thus allow you to breathe better.
- Home remedy 3: Haldi milk is also helpful. You can also add few drops of ghee, a small piece of ginger, black cardamom, tulsi leaves, 1 clove to the haldi milk and drink it warm.
- Home remedy 4: A simple home remedy can be a concoction of broccoli tomato broth with a seasoning of olive oil on it.
Other home remedies
Smog affects our airways and thus causes problems in breathing. People start having lungs problems, asthma, cold, cough due to inhalation of foul air. Our nutrients should include vitamins, Omega 3, anti-oxidant rich foods.
- Vitamin C: Consume as much as possible Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemon, lime and Indian gooseberries (amla). Guava, kiwi, pineapple, berries of your choice, peppers, papaya are also beneficial.
- Vitamin E: You can include nuts and seeds like almonds, sunflower seeds and roasted flaxseeds along with spinach, avocado, sweet potato, and olive oil in your diet.
- Vitamin A: Include eggs, milk, carrots, liver, yellow or orange vegetables such as squash, spinach and other leafy green vegetables in your diet for Vitamin A.
- Omega 3 Fat: Fish like sardines, salmon and tuna, flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts and mustard seeds are good sources of Omega 3 Fat.
- Fibre: You should add lots of fruits and vegetables in the form of salad and smoothie along with roasted or grilled dishes for a good intake of fibre in your diet.
- Water: Drink lots and lots of water
Some simple tips for a HEALTHY YOU to fight against pollution
- Eat jaggery or gur
- Use olive oil to prepare food
- You can have tea with Tulsi and ginger infused in it
- Tulsi juice can keep your body protected against external pollutants
- Chew a garlic pod along with a neem leaf for better immunity.
- Drink a glass of pomegranate juice daily.
- Add two tablespoons of desi ghee in your diet. Ghee prevents the accumulation of harmful chemicals in the bones, kidneys, and liver, according to Dr Shikha Sharma, Nutri Health.
- Eat as much as carrots and spinach these days.
Remedies for your Home or Office
- Keep Air Purifying plants such as Aloe Vera, Ivy and Spider Plant in your home and offices.
- To avoid indoor air pollution, make sure there is a chimney in the kitchen and an exhaust in the bathroom. This will ensure that the air is recirculated.
- Try to take steam with a few drops of eucalyptus oil in the evening to relax your air-passages and help your body remove the harmful substances.
- Open your windows and doors between 3 pm – 5 pm and allow the air to circulate. This is the time slot when the concentration of PM 2.5 is the lowest in the air.