Smog has started blanketing the capital city Delhi as Air Quality turns ‘severe’ due to raging farm burning by farmers of Punjab and Haryana and unfavourable meteorological conditions. Delhiites are experiencing many health problems like nausea, headaches, and uneasy breathing due to air pollution in Delhi. This extremely bad situation calls for some protective actions that Delhiites need to take right away:
1. Get an Anti-Pollution Mask
First and foremost, do not go out without wearing an Anti-Pollution mask. Masks which are rated N95, FFP2, or KN95 are the most effective against pollution and airborne infections. The mask you use should have a tight seal and adjustable straps.
2. Air Purifier
Improve indoor air quality by using air purifiers. These are quite beneficial as they remove up to 99 per cent of airborne infections, harmful gases, and volatile organic compounds. Air purifiers are actually worth it and are completely safe.
3. Stay Indoors
Limit outdoor activities to light-to-moderate exercise. Do not go for morning walks and garden exercises. Go out only if necessary and that too in the early mornings or evenings. Avoid travelling on a bike or with cars with windows open. By doing so, you may inhale more pollution than you realise. Try travelling in closed vehicles only.
4. Use Air Purifying Plants
Get some air-purifying plants in your home which would help detoxify the air. Some of the best air-purifying plants to combat pollution are:
- Bamboo Palm
- Snake plant
- Rubber plant
- Chinese Evergreen plant
- Aloe Vera
- Spider plant and more.
5. Eat Healthy Food
Eat food that contains vitamin C, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids in your diet.
- Eat green leafy vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, peppers, and leafy greens like spinach.
- Try to have salads, soups, lentils, dips, beans etc.
- Fruits are a must. Eat apples, bananas, avocados, oranges, mangoes, and other nutritious fruits.
- Take tulsi tea and herbal ginger as this healthy concoction can minimise pollution effects.
6. Stay Hydrated
Drink 8 to 12 cups of water daily. Drinking water can help you flush out toxins from the body, which is very helpful to protect yourself from air pollution. Make sure to drink only clean and purified water.
The air pollution in Delhi has dipped to the ‘severe’ category with no signs of getting any better. Take all the necessary precautions. Stay Healthy. Stay Safe.