How to protect ourselves from pollution?
My father, a former heart surgery survivor and someone who has been living with the cardiac problem for the last 20 years, always led a very different and productive life. Heart patients run on reduced heart capacity, and he was surviving and working for 14-15 hours everyday on 60 per cent of his heart. In 2018, around Diwali, my father fainted and since he had a cardiac history, he was taken to the hospital. Doctors there wanted to quickly do a cardiac intervention and operate on him but he was too frail.
@shutanu Using a mask has become imperative when it comes to restricting intake of toxic air. With pollution levels reaching hazardous levels in different parts of the country, a wide variety of pollution masks are available in the market. From single-use mask to a reusable and washable mask to one with carbon filter there are a lot of options to choose from. A nutritious diet can act as a shield of protection from the adverse impact of pollution. Clinical nutritionist Lovneet Batra recommends inculcating Vitamin A, C, E, seeds, nuts and loads of fruits and vegetables in the diet. Vitamin A, C, and E help in repairing the body, and fighting inflammation that is caused by pollution or any kind of toxin. Keeping in mind the vegetables and fruits available in the current season, Ms Batra suggest consumption of carrot, sweet potato, raddish, spinach, fenugreek (methi) and pumpkin for Vitamin A. While lemon, Amla and oranges are rich in Vitamin C, rice bran oil and almonds will provide Vitamin E.