This is how you can fight Delhi pollution

Schools should probably open later in the day to help children avoid venturing out when the pollution levels are high.

 |  2-minute read |   17-10-2018
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The winter is yet to settle in, but Delhi is already choking with pollution — the fifth-largest killer in India.

Here’s what you can do to minimise the damage to your lungs and overall health:

delhi-690_101718035841.jpgSmog spreading over months is an annual phenomenon in Delhi. (Source: Reuters)

Restrict outdoor activity

First things first, restrict your outdoor activity as much as possible. Completely avoid early morning walks and jogs as pollution levels are believed to be the highest during morning hours. However, outing in the late evening is no better because pollution tends to rise in the evening too.

Most outdoor activities should thus be taken up during the day, between 12 noon and 5pm.

Schools should probably open later in the day to help children avoid venturing out when the pollution levels are high.

Don’t eat junk food

Also, stop indulging in junk and fast food. Oily or fatty foods can create additional stress in your body when dealing with the hazardous smog.

Stay indoors

Venture out only when absolutely necessary. Wear a mask at all time when you are outdoors. Ensure your eyes, nose, mouth, and ears are covered. N95/99 masks should be used whenever you step out.

Air purifying plants

Air purifying plants such as Aloe Vera, Ivy and Spider Plant can be placed in the home and office. These plants help in purifying indoor air and thus minimise pollution.

aloe-690_101718035949.jpgSome plants can help improve air quality indoors. (Source: India Today)

Keep you inhalers handy

A rise in pollution can cause sudden asthmatic attacks. Make sure to consult your doctors soon and keep all prescribed medicines and inhalers handy.

Increase intake of vitamin C

Try to consume fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin C. Have fruits like lemons, melons, grapes, papaya, kiwis daily to fight smog-related air-borne toxins.

Jaggery to detoxify

Jaggery helps to flush out pollutants. You can eat it raw or use it as a substitute for sugar in food items.

Also read: Politicians want us to believe stubble burning is behind Delhi's smog. Why it's just not so

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