How to stay healthy despite the Delhi smog
We all are living in haze, quite literally, all thanks to the alarming high levels of air pollution in Delhi. The level of air pollution has gone from worse to worst in the past few days and there seems to be no immediate respite any time soon. While the government has shut down schools and wants people to try and stay indoors, we know its not going to happen. But how do you take care of all the dust that is accumulating inside your lungs?
Well if reports are to be believed an average Delhi-ite is smoking 31 cigarettes a day, including children and elderly, due to the fumes in the air. Here are a few ways of keeping yourself a bit safer from these fumes:
Pick a mask: Some people are foolishly using surgical masks but they are of no use. A surgical mask cannot keep PM 2.5 from entering your system. A N 95 Mask is the minimal you need to use.
An Air purifier is a must: We cannot limit our time outside in the poisonous fumes but we can choose to breathe better air by installing a purifier. For me as an asthmatic it makes a lot of difference and often clean air is a good option too.
Take steam inhalation: Steam helps clear mucus from the lungs before it gets harmful or requires medication. Take hot steam for 5 odd minutes in the night. The humidity will loosen all mucus. If you are a yoga enthusiast you can opt for Jal Neeti too. Jal Neeti is a cleansing technique which cleanses the sinus.
Switch on your car blower: While out on roads in your car, please switch on your air conditioner or blower to get cleaner air to breathe. Stagnant polluted air in the car can harm you a lot more than the smog outside.
Plant more trees: Please stop taking the environment for granted. It is all we have to sustain and live better. Plant more trees, stop burning crackers and try o conserve he environment a bit more.