It’s a shame that air pollution levels in Delhi have reached hazardous levels and people with no symptoms of respiratory issues are seen landing in hospitals. Though it’s equally important to plant trees and take certain measures at individual level to fight the pollution; one more way is to improve your diet to fight against the effects of air pollution. Including these foods can atleast help your body combat the effects of air pollution, so it is advisable to include these items in your diet specially during the smoky season.
Lemon is rich in Vitamin C which contains natural antioxidants and helps in improving the breathing system. For an adult, juice of 2 lemons a day is recommended specially during the hazardous levels of air pollution.
You can also include other sources like amla, orange, turnip etc for a load of Vitamin C.
Almonds are rich source of Vitamin E. Several studies has shown that Vitamin E and C can combat the oxidative stress in the lungs. Take about an ounce of soaked almonds in the morning to combat the effects of air pollution.
Other rich sources of Vitamin E – sunflower seeds, sunflower oil, rice bran oil.
Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds like walnuts, chia seeds, flax seeds are rich in omega-3 which has several health benefits like improving risk factors for heart disease, fight inflammation, reducing Asthma in children etc.
A simple way to add seeds to your diet is by just adding these to your yogurt daily.
Leafy vegetables like spinach, fenugreek, lettuce etc are rich in an antioxidant called beta carotene which helps in keeping the lungs healthy as people age. Carrots are a rich source of beta carotene too.
In addition to these food items, it is advisable to stay indoors, wear masks and rest adequately.
“Be a part of the solution, not a part of the pollution” – Anonymous