Lung health during the smokey times

Here are a few suggestions that may help you get through these smokey

 times.

1. Drink plenty of water!  Water helps flush pollution/debris from

     your body and keeps your mucous membranes moist and immune system

      functioning.

 2. Avoid strenuous outdoor activity. If you are exercising it is best to do it indoors in a place that has filtered air.

 3. If you do need to work outside, a wet bandana can help cut down on

      the amount of smoke entering the lungs. 

 4. Check the air filter in you heating and cooling system and replace

       it if it is dirty.  You may also want to invest in a supplemental air

       filter to further clean your indoor living space.

5. Fruits, especially apples and pears help to moisten the lungs and keep them clean. Getting plenty of fruits and veggies in            

      general with help lung health in a variety of ways.

 6. Regular intake of antioxidants will help minimize the free radical

      damage that can result from smoke and pollution.  Vitamin C, E, A or

       green tea extract can be helpful.

 7. Acupuncture can be very helpful for processing pollution and

     related symptoms such as cough, asthma, shortness of breath, chest

     tightness, sore throat, etc.  It also keeps the body’s metabolism

     working properly when we are not able to get as much exercise as we

      are used to.

8. Chinese herbal formula’s can be remarkably effective at

     moistening and moving the lungs, as well as removing toxins from lung

      tissue and helping damaged tissues to heal.

9. Drinking warmer liquids can help stimulate the cilia of the lungs

    to more effectively remove toxins from the system.  Green tea is rich

    in antioxidants that can be very helpful for aiding the lungs.

10. Steam inhalations with certain essential oils such as eucalyptus

     or peppermint can help to keep the lungs open and clear.

 

 Hopefully these ideas help you get through this challenging time.

Best wishes!

 

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