By D N Singh
The panic of pollution has gripped the globe almost. And India in a way stands out with a whopping sixty percent people falling victims to pollution.
We cannot change the air but the stuff we eat.
Diets and cautions can empower one to fight serious ailments caused by Pollution Diet which no med can replace
Post the recent pandemic there has been a generalised notion that certain medicines or jabs can enable our body system to fight diseases of new names or nature.
With parts of the country having an air quality index consistently falling in the ‘very poor’ and ‘severe’ categories, the health of people inhabiting these areas is undoubtedly at stake.
See what is in your plate
However, by being in charge of what you put on your plate, you can mitigate the effects of air pollution to an extent. Besides minimizing your exposure to outdoor air pollutants, when possible, following an anti-pollution diet can help you live healthily.
Plant based food
Start your anti-pollution journey with leafy greens like spinach, kale, and collard greens. Packed with antioxidants and essential nutrients, they act as your body's natural air purifiers.
Experts agree that these greens help reduce oxidative stress and inflammation caused by air pollutants.
Berries Powerhouse of antioxidants
A rare sight to see the bushy plants with coloured berries and including the black berries, but we love to jump on packed with high preservatives as a recourse.
“Sweet, juicy, and antioxidant-rich, berries like blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries are your allies in the fight against pollution. Their vibrant colors signal the presence of potent antioxidants, which combat free radicals and keep your system clean” says Dr Neeraj Mishra, a senior and known specialist of medicine.
Let’s not forget the broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts are like detox superstars. They are loaded with compounds, such as sulforaphane, that help your liver detoxify harmful pollutants. These veggies will keep your body running like a well-oiled machine.
Fruits are fruits, obviously
Oranges, lemons, and grapefruits are rich in vitamin C. This vitamin not only boosts your immune system but also helps your body cope with the oxidative stress brought on by polluted air. Enjoy them in your salads, smoothies, or just as a refreshing snack.
Nothing to beat Turmeric
A mouthful of it in the early morning in an empty stomach is a rich load of anti-oxidant come-what-may.
All that glitters is not gold, but turmeric is. Turmeric, with its potent anti-inflammatory properties, is your secret weapon against inflammation caused by pollution. Incorporate it into your cooking to reduce the risk of respiratory problems and allergies.
Ginger goes miles with one
Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant powerhouse. It can help reduce the inflammation in your airways caused by air pollutants. Add ginger to your tea and soups for a soothing effect.
Almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, and flaxseeds are rich sources of healthy fats and antioxidants. They provide essential nutrients to help your body cope with the oxidative stress and inflammation caused by air pollution.
“Even certain non-vegetarian intakes cannot be lost sight of. Like oily fish dishes rich with Omega-3 fatty acids, which are abundant in salmon, mackerel, and sardines, have anti-inflammatory properties. These healthy fats can reduce the risk of respiratory problems and protect your heart from the effects of pollution” opined Dr J Rao, a surgeon and oncologist .
Include whole grains in your diet, such as oats, brown rice, and quinoa. They provide fiber and essential nutrients that help your body combat inflammation and boost your overall health.
About the Author: DN Singh is a Bhubaneswar-based senior journalist.
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