Fighting Pollution with Super Foods

With the Capital’s air continuing to record high pollution, we will have to find ways to deal with it. Of course with the elderly and children being more vulnerable it is advisable for them to stay indoors with a high-quality air purifier.

The effects of pollution include irritation in the throat, worsening of asthmatic conditions, heavy chest, itchiness of skin and burning eyes.

We need to fight pollution by building up a stronger immunity and this is where superfoods can come to the rescue. A diet rich in antioxidants helps to improve lung performance, while vitamin C helps as a shield against toxins and infections. A diet rich in protein helps the body get stronger while high fiber food helps in the effective absorption of nutrients and elimination of toxins. Superfoods also help to reduce inflammation. And also taking plenty of fluids will help the situation.

Listed below are some super foods that can help you in these times of pollution -

Green Tea – The high antioxidants present in green tea makes it one of the best remedies for pollution. It is loaded with polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins, which function as powerful antioxidants. As an exception during these days of pollution, you can top up your consumption of green tea. Since it is advisable to take a lot of liquids, you can use green tea to detox your system from within.

Honey -  We have always used honey as a remedy for all respiratory problems and we can continue to do so especially in these times. Honey is known for its healing properties. Use honey in green tea to make it the most potent antipollution drink. Combine honey with turmeric to help reduce inflammation in the respiratory tracts caused due to pollution. Honey combined with ginger is also highly anti-inflammatory. Using neem honey, eucalyptus honey or raw wild honey will be advisable.

Vitamin C – Consumption of vitamin C can reduce the harmful effects of pollution on the body, advise doctors. Scientific studies have shown that Vitamin C, which acts as an antioxidant can protect against the effects of air pollution. While all citrus fruits are high in Vitamin C, superfoods like Goji berries have 500 times more vitamin C than an orange. Also, another superfood with high vitamin C is Camu powder.

High protein and Fibre – High fibre foods also help in detoxing the body. Step up your intake of both by eating superfoods like Quinoa and Black rice. There are many interesting ways to cook both quinoa and Black rice. Both these superfoods are high in protein and fibre and are also high in antioxidants. Mixed nuts also serve a good purpose to fight the effects of pollution.

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