Thursday, 11 January 2018

Stay Safe In The Smog

The thick, cloying chocking blanket of smog that has engulfed the city of Delhi is a concern that will not disappear in the wind. There is more than just the environment at stake. Most people fail to understand that while they take global warming and air pollution lightly, it is one subject that everyone should have focused on hard and worked out solutions long before. Blame games aside, it is important to know that this man made environmental disaster is here and wreaking havoc on our ecosystem and our body. It is time to face the music and clear up the human mess. In the mean time, it is important to keep yourself safe and protect your body from the ill effects of smog. Here are a few tips that will come handy while we deal with smog. 

1)  Avoid outdoor activities
All those who loved exercising out of their homes need to cut it down. Stay at home and try indoor exercises or yoga. However, avoid anything that makes you breathe hard. The air outside is harmful to the lungs and should not be breathed.

2) Invest in a good mask
Given the pitiful condition of air, it is pertinent to invest in a good air mask for you and your family. Surgical and comfort masks just won't do, buy a get a respirator that is rated N95/N99/FFP3 or is 'NIOSH Approved' that filters out more than 95% of particles (larger than 0.3 microns) 

3) Stay hydrated
Drink plenty of water to keep yourself well hydrated. Also, consume lots of fruits and vegetable juices. Avoid any thing artificially flavored. Natural will do just fine. 

4) Important tips for people with respiratory issues
This is a frustrating time for people with asthma, emphysema and other lung ailments. Anyone battling the aforementioned aliments should keep their medications with them all the time. They should always have their inhalers with them wherever they go. 

5) Keep the children safe
Children are more susceptible to health issues so it is pertinent that they are informed of the risk. Do not let them play outside the home or schools. Limit any amount of time they have to be outside the home. Ensure that they wear their masks all the time. 

6) A good air purifier
Quality of air inside your homes and offices can be just as bad as outside it.  Invest is a good air purifier for cleaning the indoor air. Running it for a few hours a day will keep the air clean. 

7) Don't ignore any health issues
Prepare an allergy kit and keep medications for any signs of respiratory issues. Do not ignore any symptoms especially if you have a family member, friend or a co-worker with respiratory illness. It is better to be prepared than panic. 

9) Indoor garden
An indoor air is a great way to cleanse your home and office. Natural air purifiers like Aloe Vera and Spider Plant get rid of pollutants and are soothing to the eyes. 

10) Eat right
Eat healthy food that is rich in vitamin C. fruits like lemons, melons, grapes, papaya, kiwis help fight smog-related airborne toxins. Among vegetables, include peas, cauliflower, cabbage, okra, red bell peppers, and broccoli in your daily diet.

11) Clothing
Wear loose, light and comfortable clothing. Dress according to the season, but wear something that will help your body breathe easy. 

12) Avoid indoor air pollution
Stop smoking indoor. Avoid using candles, fireplaces or gas stoves if possible. Stop using vacuum cleaner because vacuuming swirls up particles inside your home and adds to the indoor pollution.

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