As air quality remains in 'very poor' category post-Diwali, causing people to experience breathlessness and other respiratory problems, here are a few tips to protect yourself and your family from pollution.

A day after Diwali celebrations, the air quality in Ludhiana - and its surroundings, continues to remain in ‘very poor’ levels due to emission from firecrackers and stubble burning in adjoining areas of the city.

While rising levels of pollutants are causing serious health concerns amongst the residents, prolonged exposure to air pollution has been linked to serious health risks.

Here are few tips from experts to keep yourself and your family safeguard from the various health hazards that raise due to this polluted low quality air in city, especially cardio-pulmonary patients who are already suffering from some related disease.

Studies have also shown that exposure to particulate air pollution can lead to serious lung conditions - such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) - cardiovascular disease, cancer, and shortened lifespan, etc. As the levels of pollution continue to be high, people with respiratory disorders, in particular, will have to be extra careful to reduce the chances of having asthma attacks.

Here are a few tips to protect yourself and your loved ones from air pollution.

Wear a mask Pollution levels usually surge during Diwali which causes people to experience breathlessness, coughing and irritation in their nasal passages. Dust is the major reason behind the rise in pollution level, therefore, wearing a mask while in traffic and other public places will help to a great deal. Invest in masks with sub-micron filters as it helps prevent dust particles from getting into your lungs. However, if you aren’t comfortable with masks, you can always cover your face with a handkerchief.

Eat healthy to strengthen the immune system Studies have shown that certain food help build the immune system and combat pollution. Jaggery contains iron which increases our lungs' capacity to carry oxygen through the blood. Vitamin C-rich foods, especially lemon and oranges, help increase our body’s immunity. Foods that contain omega fatty acids, magnesium too help the body fight pollutants. People who suffer from breathing issues can have honey as it can also help with clearing mucus. On top of this, a balanced and healthy diet consisting of seasonal fruits and will help reduce inflammation as well.

Gargling and Steam Pollution and smog cause congestion in the throat which can be very uncomfortable. Practice gargling with alkaline water after coming home from outside. It should cause relief and clear the cough. Taking steam will also help clear the nose and cause relief.

Natural herbal and home remedies Having turmeric milk can help reduce inflammation. Also, tulsi and neem can help with ill effects of air pollution. Chew neem leaves and tulsi leaves (first thing in the morning) 2-3 weeks post-Diwali. Also, make sure that your house has a tulsi plant to absorb air particles. Pippali powder also helps with purifying lungs and can be taken with warm water.

For any health concern, visit your nearest Homoeopathic Practitioner to get treated with safe and gentle Homoeopathy medicines.

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