Worried about smog and air pollution? Here are 5 foods that will help you build resistance to it
Consuming lemons, walnuts, and jaggery, among other foods, will help you survive the deadly air pollution and smog.fitness Updated: Dec 13, 2017 12:18 IST
Imagine waking up to a distorted view on a daily basis. Doesn’t sound very enticing. Does it? The prolonged Delhi smog has left many Delhiites grim-faced, turning their lives from slightly inconvenient to utterly miserable. From suffering from minor suffocation and poor visibility, Delhiites have also been victims to frequent accidents and diseases triggered by the smog. However, during this phase, it is essential for people to keep track of their health. Here are some effective foods that can help you survive the deadly smog:
* Cranberries: A highly nutritious fruit that is equipped with Vitamin C, E and A. During winter, a lot of people are deprived of sunlight which is an extremely rich source of Vitamin C. But thanks to cranberries, Vitamin C deficiency won’t be a problem anymore. Another benefit is the protection it offers from skin problems caused by the smog. Cranberries, with their high concentration of antioxidants and nutrients, can build immunity and help you fight infections. You can add them in your fruit smoothie or oatmeal, or eat dried cranberries alongside nuts and roasted almonds.
*Lemon: From cleansing to improving digestion, the humble lemon is a miracle fruit. Drinking lemon water from time to time helps maintain hydration levels. Adding a little bit of lemon to tea can help clear throat-related problems. Like cranberries, lemon can be a powerful agent to fight problems like skin cancer.
* Walnuts: Suffocation and congestion happen to be the two most prominent problems associated with smog. Walnuts play an important role in cleansing congestion from lungs, thereby eradicating respiratory problems. Walnuts are also an effective mood-booster. If the smog makes you feel low, a walnut or two will help brighten your day.
* Water: Consuming a minimum of two litres of water is essential. Water helps flush residual toxins that have entered the body owing to pollution. Stomach problems are also quite prominent at such times. To mitigate digestion problems, one mustn’t skip drinking water.
*Jaggery: Locally known as gur, jaggery is richly packed with iron. It increases the haemoglobin content which helps increase the supply of oxygen in blood. As a result of this, there is ample protection from the acute effects of pollution.
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First Published: Dec 13, 2017 12:17 IST