Lung health during the smokey times
Here are a few suggestions that may help you get through these smokey
1. Drink plenty of water! Water helps flush pollution/debris from
your body and keeps your mucous membranes moist and immune system
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.