New Delhi recently became the most polluted city in the world. The amount of crackers burst during Diwali has made the air in Delhi toxic which has become a major concern for Delhi inhabitants over the last few days. Facing its worst spell of persistent smog in nearly two decades, the city's air quality has slipped to 'hazardous' levels. As a result, stepping out even for the shortest periods of time can have effects like headache, nausea, breathlessness, burning in eyes etc. for Delhi residents. 

Who is at the most risk from the smog?

  • Children
  • Adults who are active outdoors
  • People with respiratory diseases
  • People with unusual susceptibility to ozone

How does smog affect the human body?

Smog can be responsible for any ailment from minor pains to deadly pulmonary diseases such as lung cancer. The effects also include- 

  • Coughing and throat or chest irritation: High levels of ozone irritate your respiratory system. They usually last for a few hours after you’ve been exposed to smog. However, ozone sometimes continues to harm your lungs even after the visible symptoms disappear.
  • Worsening of asthma symptoms: If you suffer from asthma, exposure to high levels of ozone from smog can trigger severe asthma attacks.
  • Difficulty breathing & lung damage: Smog can make it feel difficult to breathe deeply, especially during exercise. This is because of the effects of ozone on lung function.

My advice to Delhiites is simple: 

  • Stay indoors as much as possible. 
  • Avoid taxing physical activity.
  • Consider wearing masks.
  • Hydration is also extremely important in such situations since water flushes out the toxins out of body. 
  • Avoid morning jogs & other outdoor activities for some time.
  • Consider investing in Air purifiers. 
  • Eat foods that boost your immunity such as Vitamin C rich citrus fruits. 
  • Herbal preparations like Triphala Powder, Pipali Powder mixed with Ginger & Turmeric powder along with honey and warm water are also very helpful in preventing the damaging effects of smog. 

A WHO study estimated that fine particulates are the direct cause of more than 5% lung cancer deaths worldwide. Which means 8 lakh people lose their lives every year just because of the air they breathe.

Don't take chances with your health or of those you love. Take precautionary steps against the smog today!

Being a Preventive Health & Wellness Consultant, I focus on preventive therapies which boost your defense to combat the bad effects of smog rather than running pillar to post later for cure.

Stay safe!