With the air quality in the severe category in Delhi and other nearby areas, people have been experiencing symptoms like throat irritation, sneezing, and coughing. “Air pollution is like a slow poison that consumes your health in the most hazardous way. An individual is at a higher risk for asthma and other respiratory diseases if exposed to ground zone for six to seven hours. It not only puts you at risk but severely damages lung function leaving you to suffer respiratory inflammation. It has been estimated that air pollution causes around seven million deaths a year worldwide,” explains Satkam Divya, CEO, KlinicApp.

Apart from respiratory diseases, air pollution also causes cardiovascular damage, fatigue, headaches, anxiety, irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat and harm to liver, spleen, and blood.

Studies have shown that certain foods help build the immune system and combat pollution. “Jaggery contains iron which increases our lungs capacity to carry oxygen through the blood. Vitamin C-rich foods, especially lemon and oranges, help increase the body’s immunity, foods that contain omega fatty acids, magnesium too help the body fight pollutants. People who suffer from breathing issues can also have honey as it helps with clearing mucus. In addition, a balanced and healthy diet consisting seasonal fruits and vegetables will help reduce inflammation as well,” advises Praveshh Gaur, founder and director, Srauta Wellness.Read More..