We are going through one of the most hazardous environmental crisis in Lahore and Delhi due to the air quality dropping to an all time low. Diseases which can be anticipated include Asthma, Multiple Organ Damage and severe lungs damage leading to respiratory failures and worse- cancer. Here are few precautions you can take to protect yourself & your family.
1: Wear grade N99 masks ALL the time when you’re outdoors. Medical masks won’t help. You’ll find either N95 or N99 masks, difference between them is that N99 can filter 99% micropollutants. Avoid outdoors unless it’s an absolute necessity.
2: Stay hydrated. The more clean water you drink, the more toxins will get dilluted and pass out of your system. Water supplies oxygen to your organs which is otherwise scarce outside.
3: AVOID CARDIO! If you exercise a lot or like jogging or walking, ensure that you cease the habit for the time being. Heavy exercise demands heavy oxygen intake that eventually leads to more toxin intake.
4: Avoid meat. Eat more vegetables as your body requires more oxygen to break down meat. Vegetables can keep your metabolism light and smooth, requiring less oxygen breakdown.
5: Invest in Air Purifiers. Install these devices in your homes. Spend money on them instead of medication afterwards.
6: Get yourself Aloe vera plants and Spider Plants and scatter them around your home. These are indoor greens and they absorb air pollutants!
7: Do Yoga indoors. You need to practice slow and controlled breathing in order to retain oxygen inside. Practice the rule of 10 seconds: Breathe in and keep the air inside while you count till 10 and exhale through your stomach. This ensures maximum oxygen supply to your organs without excessive air intake.
8: ALWAYS carry inhalers (approved by your doctor) even if you don’t suffer from asthma. This could help you any time and also someone else in emergency.
9: Government should shut the schools but if possible, don’t send your kids to schools, especially not without precautions.
10: Visit your doctor immediately if you develop dust allergy as it can be the initial symptoms of respiratory disorders.
11: DO NOT wear contact lens as it increases the risk of eye infections since the particles cling to the lens film. Wear glasses ALL the while you’re outdoors. Splash clean your eyes regularly.