Many states in North India are enveloped in severe air pollution along with smog putting people at risk of serious health issues. In this severe air pollution, it becomes important to eat healthy food so that your body is nourished and has the energy to support your body functions.
Here are a few foods that will help you fight against air pollution and reduce the suffering from respiratory and heart disease, as well as lung cancer:
Lemon and citrus fruits and vegetables:
Drink lemon water twice a day when facing air pollution. Lemon is loaded with vitamin C, an important antioxidant that helps protect cells from damage. Orange fruits and vegetables like papaya, oranges, and pumpkin are also full of lung-friendly vitamin C to fight infections and inflammation caused by bad air quality.
Apples are packed with phenolic acids and flavonoids that are known for reducing inflammation in the air passageways, a common problem caused by air pollution.
Pineapple contains the enzyme which helps the lungs remove debris and detox naturally. It reduces swelling of airways and helps reduce coughing.
Peppermint contains menthol which soothes and relaxes the respiratory tract. It stimulates your lungs and helps reduce symptoms caused by air pollution.
Ginger helps remove air pollutants and other irritants from your airways and lungs before they can damage these body parts. It also reduces cough and improves circulation.
Seeds: Seeds such as flax seeds, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds are full of magnesium. Magnesium is an important mineral to keep your airways clean and relaxed. Snack on a handful of these seeds every day and reduce your risk of diseases caused due to air pollution.
Green tea: Green tea is packed with antioxidants that are great to combat allergy symptoms caused due to air pollution. It soothes your throat and protects your lungs from irritation that generally happens when you breathe in polluted air.
Olive oil: Olive oil contains mono and polyunsaturated fats that are great to keep your lungs fit. The oil may fight other health risks as well associated with air pollution like high blood pressure and impaired blood vessels due to reduced oxygen supply in the body. Olive oil boosts the blood vessel’s response to pollutant stress.