By Archana Patrick and John Tan
Fellow Malaysians, let’s talk about the trending topic recently….the haze is BACK!
We are well aware of its harmful effects which include respiratory problems and even premature death! Those in the high risk category include children, women who are pregnant, senior citizens and those suffering from asthma and cardiovascular issues.
Fret not, here are 5 ways to survive this foggy weather because ‘Prevention Is Better Than Cure’!
1. Stay hydrated
Exposure to dust and smoke particles can cause cough and throat irritation over a period of time. In addition, the harmful toxins in the air can cause pressure on your kidneys.
It is vital to stay hydrated 24/7 as water helps flush toxins out of our bodies. If you are the type that generally consumes less water or tend to forget due to your hectic work schedule, set an alarm on your phone or smart device to remind yourself when it’s time to drink water.
If that doesn’t work, make sure to carry a water bottle at all times – it is the easiest way for you to remember to drink more water!
2. Stay indoors
Not exactly rocket science!
Considering the amount of polluted particles in the air, it’s best to stay indoors as much as possible. Even at home, it’s advisable to ensure doors and windows are always closed. If possible, use air filters and air purifiers to remove dust particles and contaminants in the air.
Switch on the air conditioner if possible or use suitable air filters and air purifiers in order to remove dust particles and contaminants in the air. Otherwise, you could also switch on the air conditioner.
However, if you have to travel outdoors for work or studies, then take note of No.3 below!
3. Wear a respiratory mask (a N95 mask, to be precise!)
Paper masks and even surgical masks may not offer good protection against airborne particles.
Unlike surgical masks, the N95 mask is designed to filter dust and airborne particles to protect wearers from inhaling them. These masks are generally available at major pharmacies.
4. Maintain a healthy diet
You are what you eat!
Consuming foods rich in vitamins A and C strengthens your immune system. For instance, vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes are rich in vitamin A and known to improve eyesight and protect your lungs from air pollution.
Foods rich in Vitamin C such as oranges, kiwis and broccoli can prevent you from catching the flu.
Wait no longer, increase your fiber intake today and always remember to wash fruits and vegetables before consumption!
5. Don’t add more harmful particles in the air ….Stop smoking!
Aside from harmful airborne particles, it’s best to avoid smoking to reduce lung irritation for your own good and those around you. Smoking makes your lungs more sensitive to the effects of air pollution. For example, it increases shortness of breath, cough or oxygenation.
Keep these tips in mind to stay healthy and productive during this hazy onslaught!
*Featured image taken from The Rakyat Post