Every year, the onset of winters brings back the dense smog that engulfs the central states and the National Capital Region. This year, we saw the pollution levels rise almost 8-12 times above the acceptable limits in Delhi. Air pollution causes a number of public health issues in the short term, and even gives rise to long-term illnesses if the exposure to it is prolonged.

With most pollution monitoring stations in Northern India reporting a ‘severe’ risk from major pollutants in the indoor and outdoor air, today we are sharing,

Top 5 Tips to help you Protect yourself from Smog

1. Avoid stepping outdoors as much as you can

The first and foremost thing you can do is, to restrict your outdoor movement. The air quality is just too harmful at the moment to be walking or working outside without getting affected. Special care of the children and the elderly must be taken in this regard, since they have weaker lungs.

If you absolutely have to go out, buy a good mask with PM2.5 protection. You can get several deals on pollution masks from Honeywell on Flipkart and Amazon. Also, make sure you are travelling in a closed vehicle when moving around in the city.Buy a car air purifier if you are living in NCR.

2. Steps to take if you have respiratory problems

Consult your doctor to keep your medication and precautionary measures up-to-date with the current situation. Also, make sure you keep your medication and inhalers within easy reach in case there is an emergency situation. Again, staying indoors and investing in smart home technologies for indoor air filtration is one way to protect yourself from any health complications.

These days, you can get some exclusive discounts on home air purifiers from both online and offline re sellers. If you are worried about the costs, there are several efficient and affordable models such as the Honeywell Air Touch A5, which come with high quality HEPA filters.

3. Home remedies against indoor air pollution

Try taking steam with a few drops of eucalyptus oil to ease your respiratory tracts in the mornings and evenings. You can also include immunity boosting ingredients such as Tulsi, Neem and Haldi, in your diet to give your body an edge over winter diseases such as influenza and throat infections.

4. Eat healthy to keep yourself energised

Eat vitamin and mineral rich foods to maintain your body’s dietary needs. Fruits and vegetables rich in Vitamin C are especially beneficial in fighting against airborne toxins. Avoid eating out as much as you can since the toxins in the air do settle on food sold in the open.

5. Do not ignore your heart problems

Air pollution is not just a threat to your respiratory system, but also poses threat to your cardio-vascular system. The PM pollutants are tiny enough to mix in our bloodstream, and may cause our heart to work harder, thus straining its normal functioning. Take proper steps for protection against air pollution if you are suffering from a heart condition.

Once again, keeping yourself and your loved ones safe is of paramount importance in the heavily polluted environment prevailing in northern India at the moment. Help us improve this post by sharing your air pollution protection ideas in the comments below.