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5 tips to protect yourself from poor air quality

Lifestyle Desk |
Update: 2023-11-15 10:24:10
5 tips to protect yourself from poor air quality A cyclist wears a mask due to poor air quality conditions as smoke from wildfires in Ontario and Quebec hangs over Ottawa. [Photo: Collected]

High levels of pollutants in the air trigger various respiratory illnesses including asthma, chronic obstructive respiratory disease, bronchitis and more. 

Several studies have also highlighted the link between poor air quality and higher risk of several health conditions. It can also worsen pre-existing health conditions. 

Therefore, it is crucial to follow all precautionary measures at an individual level. To help you stay safe this season, here are some of the tips you can follow to fight high pollution levels.

Air pollution: 5 Tips to protect yourself

1. Exercise indoors

When air pollution levels are high, try staying indoors. You should also opt for indoor workouts. Exercising regularly is good for your overall health. However, exercising outdoors when the AQI is higher than normal can do more harm than good.

There are a variety of exercises that you can do at home to stay fit.

2. Keep indoors safe

High pollution levels can worsen the air quality indoors as well. Therefore, it becomes crucial to keep indoor pollution-free. You should keep your doors and windows shut. Try installing air-purifying plants. Also, invest in an air purifier. It can help enhance indoor air quality and reduce the health hazards brought on by household pollution.

3. Check AQI daily

AQI stands for Air Quality Index which measures the level of pollutants in the air. It is important to stay updated. It will help you take precautionary measures before it's too late. Newspaper, your mobile phone, radio and television can help you keep a track.

4. Use mask

Face masks can help reduce your exposure to pollutants. They don't provide complete protection, however, are quite effective.

When outdoors, wear a mask to filter out bigger particles.

5. Add superfoods to your diet

Several foods can naturally boost lung health and immunity. These can protect you from the adverse effects of high pollution levels. Add enough fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes and healthy fats to your diet. Also, drinking green tea and turmeric milk might help.

Follow these tips and keep your respiratory health in good shape.

Source: NDTV

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