Last Updated on February 23, 2020 by Yuvika Iyer
With pollution reaching an all-time high in the last couple of months, you might have started to see the effects, haven’t you? Air pollution can be quite harmful.
Too much exposure to toxic air can lead to include asthma, nausea, headaches, allergic reactions, lung diseases, and repertory diseases. But don’t worry, with some prudent lifestyle changes, you’ll be able to detox your lungs giving a massive boost to your immunity.
Lifestyle Changes to Detoxify Your Lungs
A Holistic Lifestyle Coach, Luke Coutinho shared a couple of great suggestions to take those immediate precautionary steps.
Curious about them? Let’s get started!
Healthy Balanced Meal
A great way to fight against air pollution would be to consume a healthy balanced meal every day.
Air pollution can significantly lower the minimum level of Vitamin C, E, D, omega 3 fatty acids, bromelain, beta carotene, calcium, and curcumin from our bodies.
However, if you can follow a healthy and balanced nutrient-rich diet, you can easily make up for these deficiencies.
Increase Iron Consumption
Another adverse effect of air pollution is reduced iron levels in our body.
Low iron leads to low levels of hemoglobin, which induces other diseases. However, you can increase your intake of iron-rich foods to counter its effect.
Foods such as beetroots, leafy green vegetables, black raisins, wheatgrass or moringa, Halim seeds or garden cress, legumes/lentils, dark jaggery, and pomegranate are rich with iron.
So, if you add them up in your daily meal plan, you can surely increase the iron levels of your body.
Eating iron is not enough. Proper digestion of iron is essential. According to Luke, there are few ways to boost the absorption of iron, such as:
Vitamin C: Vitamin C goes well with iron and having Vitamin C rich food will help your body absorb iron quickly and in an efficient manner.
Copper Treated Water: Overnight copper treated water helps to boost the absorption of iron.
Iron Vessel: These vessels can be a great option to boost your hemoglobin levels. Using them while cooking food will help you become healthier.
He also advised avoiding calcium-rich food as they can interfere with iron absorption.
Well, it’s because they both have the same kind of binding for absorption, so it’s best to avoid them taking together.
Drinking coffee or tea will also disrupt the iron absorption process so make sure you refrain from their consumption when you have iron-rich foods.
Curry Your Way
Hot, soupy and immune boosters, Curries are a fantastic way to beat the side effects of air pollution.
Use immunity boosting and body strengthening foods such as garlic, turmeric, tomato, black pepper, ginger, and onion to make your curry base.
Using cow ghee or coconut oil adds to the nutrient richness of curries.
Consume Whole Foods
Include more whole foods in your diet. If you are experiencing congestion, try to have pineapple extract or bromelain.
Regular intake of these foods helps to reduce congestion besides improving the overall respiratory function.
Though air pollution is on the rise, making some considerable lifestyle changes can boost the immunity of your lungs.
These small but highly useful tips are sure to get you all charged up to beat the side effects of air pollution.