Do not stop running or exercising just due to the ongoing pollution debate rather keep your immune system fortified with the right diet, detox plan and breathing exercises. These are the best ways to minimise the harmful effects of air pollution.
1. Winter or no winter, add broccoli to your daily diet. This wonder veggie, apart from being a great cancer combatant, goes a long way in protecting you from air and vehicular pollution, ac cording to a study at Johns Hopkins University. The clinical trials suggest that juice and soup of brocolli helps participants to even excrete toxins associated with ozone air pollution.
2. To neutralise free radical damage caused by air contamination, the two organs we need to support and detoxify regularly are lungs and liver.
a. You can rejuvenate your lungs with oregano, orange peel, eucalyptus and peppermint.
b. You can clean your liver by adding grapefruits, beet, carrots, apples, cabbage and avocado to your diet.
3. Add Vitamin C in dietary and supplement form along with tincture of echinacea (herbal remedy) helps build the immune system, making you less susceptible to allergies. Simply put, foods containing Vitamin C, such as oranges, strawberries, apples, watermelons, counteract the inflammatory allergic response. Other good food sources of Vitamin C are guavas, red bell peppers, kale, parsley, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, papayas, spinach, citrus fruits, green onion and more.
4. The spicy foods with a little kick can actually kick out allergy symptoms. Ginger, anise, fennel and hot mustard can all act as natural decongestants.
5. Green tea, tulsi, ginger and cinnamon are the powerful adaptogens (herbal ingredients used to improve the health of adrenal system) that enable the body to handle stressors like pollution and environmental toxins.
6. Raw turmeric also has curative properties that protect you from chronic bronchitis, wheezing, allergy coughs and colds. Drink an anti-inflammatory tea made from tulsi, ginger and raw turmeric to see the difference.
7. Try magnesium-rich foods such as almonds, cashews and wheat bran since magnesium is a natural bronchodilator (agent that relaxes the breathing tubes inside lungs).
8. Omega-3 fatty acids are also capable of reducing allergic reactions and soothe inflammation. Eat Omega-3 rich foods like walnuts, flaxseeds and oils such as mustard, canola and flaxseed.
(Consult a doctor before trying out any diet or new food).
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