Diets that can reduce harmful effects of air pollution!
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If we can no longer reduce the air pollution, we can reduce the negative effects it is causing and make our immune system more resistant to its effects.
According to the World Health Organization, pollution is the fifth most common cause of death in India, just after high blood pressure and tobacco. Air quality in New Delhi is worse than that in Beijing, where the air pollution is a cause of a new disease named Beijing cough.
Experts believe that the public does not even know what exactly is meant by the term air pollution.
"Air contamination is caused not just by industries and vehicles. Dust mites, chemicals in carpets, air fresheners, off-gassing from plastics also add up to the toxic onslaught that your lungs have to bear," says Priya Dhammi-Sharma, registered holistic nutritionist.
What is worrying is that air pollution is not only related to sinusitis, asthma and lung diseases but also is a cause of autism. It is associated with infarcts, sperm mutation, and fetal intelligence disorder.
"Keep your immune system fortified with the right diet, detox plan, and breathing exercises. These are the best ways to minimize the harmful effects of air pollution," says nutritionist and food consultant Jia Singh.
Add broccoli in your diet regardless of the season. Except for being great in the fight against cancer, this veggie is also great in protecting you from air pollution. A clinical trial, conducted in Jiangsu Province -one of China's most polluted regions -found that consuming a beverage enriched with broccoli sprouts can help in excreting toxins associated with air pollution. To neutralize the damage caused by free radicals from the air pollution, the two main organs we need to detoxify regularly are liver and lungs. "Rejuvenate your lungs with oregano, orange peel, eucalyptus and peppermint and eat grapefruits, beet, carrots, apples, cabbage, avocado for a clean liver," says Sharma.
According to experts, taking vitamin C as a diet supplement in combination with echinacea tincture helps strengthen the immune system, making you more resistant to allergies.
Simply put, foods that contain vitamin C, such as oranges, strawberries, apples, watermelon, affect inflammatory allergic reactions. Other good sources of vitamin C are guava, red peppers, parsley, broccoli, cauliflower, papaya, spinach, lemons, young onions and others.
Thai and Japanese food lovers will be pleasantly surprised to learn that spicy foods can reduce symptoms of an allergy. Ginger, chamomile, and lime mustard can act as natural enhancers of the immunity.
"Green tea, tulsi, ginger, and cinnamon are powerful adaptogens (herbal ingredients used to improve the health of adrenal system) that enable the body to handle stressors like pollution and environmental toxins. 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," recommends Singh.
Eating foods rich in antihistamines can help you forestall allergic reactions. Consume magnesium-rich foods such as almonds, cashews, and wheat bran, because magnesium is known as a natural bronchodilator (relaxes breathing tubes in the lungs). "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," counsels Taranjeet Kaur, metabolic balance coach.
Before all, it is highly recommended to consult a doctor before trying out any diet.