Air pollution is nothing less than a threat to public health. With air quality deteriorating around Delhi-NCR, schools are closed and people are advised to take precautions. Air pollution also causes health problems ranging from sore throats and irritation in the eyes to respiratory and even heart disease. Therefore, it is all the more necessary to swear by a healthy and immunity-boosting diet. According to nutritionist Pooja Makhija, eating the right foods can prevent biological damage to the body. In an Instagram post, she lists four warrior foods that will help your body fight toxic pollutants.
Air Pollution: Add These Foods to Your Diet to Effectively Fight Pollutants
Include broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, bok choy and cabbage in your diet. They contain a substance, sulforaphane, which helps to remove benzene from the body. Benzene is one of the most polluting substances in the air. These vegetables are also rich in vitamin C and beta-carotene, which will boost your immunity.
They are high in phytoestrogen compounds and omega3. The nutritionist emphasizes that several studies have shown that flaxseed reduces allergic reactions in asthmatics, therefore they also eliminate the effect of smog. “Take two soaked tablespoons of flaxseeds every day,” she adds.
It is first on the list of warriors. Rich in vitamin C content, amla prevents cellular damage from environmental toxins. Add an amla to your glass of vegetable juice.
Turmeric’s final and most active ingredient, curcumin, is essential to combat air pollution. Pooja Makhija suggests “a supplement of 500 milligrams of curcumin verses that only adds haldi to your milk or water.” According to the health expert, one needs “a high dose to prevent anti-inflammatory action and prevent infection in the lungs”.
Add these foods to your diet and stay indoors when the air quality is worse.
Disclaimer: This content, including advice, provides general information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical advice. For more information, always consult a specialist or your own doctor. NewsMadura is not responsible for this information.
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