On December 2 of each year, we observe the National Pollution Control Day to raise country-wide awareness about the ill effects of air pollution. Highlighting the importance of developing and promoting various pollution control acts – this year marks the 37th anniversary of the National Pollution Control Day.
Since regular exposure to toxic particles in the air can leave us at a higher risk of developing complex respiratory disorders, it takes utmost precedence that we work towards improving both the quality of air as well as our coping techniques.
To offset the negative effects of bad air quality, implementing the following lifestyle changes is your first step to sustaining long-term good healthy.
Make indoors fun
It is well established that air pollution occurs both outdoors and indoors; however the level of ambient air pollutants indoors can be far fewer. From running errands to making an important appointment – try combining all activities in a single trip. With the option of going on movie marathons, working out indoors, ordering in and even online shopping, staying indoors has its own set of perks these days.
Even though it goes without saying, hydration during days of poor air quality is extremely essential. Along with proper hydration, consider adding things like fresh vegetable juice, coconut water and turmeric milk to your daily diet. Such home remedies may often have medicinal properties which can protect you against the negative effects of air pollution.
Build the right diet
By implementing certain dietary changes you can work towards strengthening your immune system. The inclusion of Vitamin C & Vitamin E rich foods can improve the concentration of oxygen enriched blood, aiding you to be more resilient. You can find these vitamins in several fruits & vegetables, sunflower seeds, peanuts & almonds.
Workout, but indoors
Regular exercise is one of the best ways to build natural immunity. However, during days of excess smog, going for a run in the park may not be the smartest idea. Instead, opt to work out from the comfort of your home. Focus on building a complete home workout regime. Performing yoga and indulging in breathing exercises are also great ways to boost your immune system. By using a Noise smartwatch, you can optimise & track your home workouts to get the best results.
Add a touch of green
Rather than opting for conventional air purifiers, certain indoor plants can act as natural purifiers for your home. Some great options to consider include the spider plant, snake plant, money plant, areca palm & peace lily plant. Each of these have their own unique properties which can help reduce toxins in the air such as benzene, carbon monoxide & formaldehyde. These easy to maintain plants are a great way to freshen up any indoor space.
Apart from such measures, focus on building a clean & well ventilated interior since it can reduce your exposure to harmful air toxins.