Updated: Nov 08, 2017 | 04:25 IST | Times Now Digital
Delhi air pollution and health risks


New Delhi: Residents of Delhi-NCR woke up to another apocalyptic day on Wednesday as air pollution levels continued to remain in ‘severe’ category in various areas of the region.

The deteriorating air quality in Delhi-NCR not only poses serious health risks to the children, elderly and those with certain medical conditions but also to the general public. Residents have been advised not to venture outside to reduce the negative effects of pollution. Read: Here are five ways to detoxify your lungs naturally

Meanwhile, in view of air pollution reaching alarming levels and toxic haze that thickened across the city, leaving millions of people facing severe health hazards, the primary schools in the national capital have been shut after the Indian Medical Association (IMA) sounded a health emergency alert.

While solving the challenges of air pollution remains a huge task for the lawmakers, there are many things you can do on your personal level to help reduce the health risk of toxic pollutants. Here are a few tips you can follow to help protect yourself and your family from air pollution:

  • Avoid morning walks or outdoor exercises – doing so in toxic conditions could only harm the body as tiny hazardous particles can enter the lungs. Instead, try working out from home. Read: Air pollution – Seven ways to improve indoor air quality in your home
  • Also, avoid doing yoga exercises in traffic or high-pollution areas.
  • Reduce the intensity and duration of your outdoor physical activity when air quality alert has been issued.
  • Eat a healthy diet consisting of fruits rich in vitamin C, magnesium, omega fatty acids that can help fight any allergy or infection.
  • Have herbal ginger and tulsi tea in adequate quantity.
  • Vacuum your house and floors every day to avoid accumulation of more dust particles indoors.
  • Install an air purifier – this is one of the best ways to tackle air pollution-related health problems and can be beneficial for people with respiratory conditions.
  • When going outdoors, make sure that you wear a good quality anti-pollution mask, such as – N99 VOG mask, N95 air masks, etc. Read: Air pollution hits ‘severe’ levels in Delhi – Five best masks you can buy in India
  • Monitor air pollution levels before going out – try to download a mobile app that can help provide real-time air quality data from all cities across India. The apps are available for download to Android and iOS users.
  • Consider having indoor plants in your house – houseplants are scientifically proven to help reduce indoor air pollution. Spider plants, Golden Pothos, Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema), etc, are some of the best air-purifying plants in your home. They are easy to care as well.

Besides following the above tips, check with your doctor if you experience shortness of breath or unpleasant breathlessness, especially if you have a history of certain health conditions, including asthma, heart disease, etc.

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