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Don’t Let Pollution Get You Down!

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Don’t Let Pollution Get You Down!

 

Most Indian cities are in the throes of this menace with the Air Quality Index (AQI) soaring to hazardous levels. Air pollution compromises our respiratory system, putting us at high risk of many fatal diseases.

Here are some statistics to raise your antennae – if you’re still under a rock. Pollution today is a reality and equalizer, a deadly urban phenomenon.

  •  The Lancet Planetary Health study says air pollution accounted for 18% of total deaths in India in 2020, with the death rate from outdoor ambient air pollution having increased in the last two decades (1990-2019) by a whopping 115 % 
  • Children are most at risk with the State of Global Air 2020 report finding that air pollution claimed the lives of more than 116,000 infants within a month of birth in 2019.
  • India is home to three of the world's top 10 most polluted cities - Delhi, Mumbai & Kolkata.

 

While these statistics can be incredibly disheartening, the good news is that by taking some simple measures, we can minimize the adverse effects of air pollution.

 

Simple steps to reduce air pollution

 

1. Wear masks when heading out 

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, wearing masks in public has become a habit for many of us, but simple cloth masks are inadequate when it comes to reducing the harmful effects of air pollution. Invest in N-95 or N-99 masks which filter out most of the particulate matter in the air. Make sure that they fit well and are changed at regular intervals. 

 

2. Avoid outdoor exercises

 

When the AQI has risen to unhealthy or hazardous levels, it is crucial to avoid exercising outdoors. When you exercise, you inhale more air than when you are inactive, increasing your risk of breathing in copious amounts of harmful or even deadly air pollutants. By exercising indoors, you can reduce this risk considerably. 

 

3. Eat a diet rich in antioxidants 

 

The negative consequences of air pollution can be effectively countered by eating a nutritional diet rich in antioxidants such as Vitamin C, Beta carotene, Vitamin E, and polyphenols. Tomatoes, spinach, flaxseeds and red grapes are some foods you can add to your diet. Sip on ORGANIC INDIA’s Tulsi Green Tea for a burst of phytonutrients and antioxidants that help protect the body from free radicals and support the immune and cardiovascular system to promote detoxification

 

4. Bolster your lungs with supplements 

 

ORGANIC INDIA’s Breathe Free capsules are formulated with Krishna Tulsi, Pushkarmool root, Vibhitaki fruit, and Pippali fruit, which have been found to help strengthen lungs by reducing shortness of breath, respiratory complications, and coughing. They also aid in improving the vital oxygen absorption capacity of the lungs by relieving congestion and promoting expectoration, thus enhancing the vitality and energy of the body. Being completely natural and 100% certified organic, the herbs are unlikely to have side effects. 

 

Our Amalaki capsules are a natural rich source of Vitamin C and other antioxidants and can be used in conjunction with Breathe Free capsules to maximise their benefits. 

 

5. Enrich your home with air-purifying plants

 

Certain plants such as chrysanthemums, snake plants, spider plants and bamboo palms enhance the aesthetic appeal of your house while simultaneously acting as air purifiers. Investing in such plants is an affordable way to breathe clean air, while also reaping their therapeutic effects - house plants are proven to help in stress and fatigue reduction, improve productivity, and enhance concentration. 

 

6. Do your bit to reduce air pollution 

 

Whenever possible, try to make choices that do not contribute to air pollution. Some ways to do so are: 

-       Use public transportation or carpooling facilities when traveling 

-       Refrain from burning garbage, leaves or other materials 

-       Turn off lights and appliances when not in use

-       Invest in energy-saving lights & appliances 

 

Air pollution is a threat to our well-being and that of the ones we love. It is not something we can wish away or turn a blind eye to. But by being well-informed and taking simple daily steps, we can help reduce the damage caused by pollution and restore lung health.  

 

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