With the much-awaited festival of lights, Diwali, just around the corner, there is cheer and excitement all around.
But apart from that, Diwali also means an undue invite to harrowing levels of pollution, thanks to unregulated cracker bursting.
However, know that a healthy diet and lifestyle can help you stay protected.
Here are six food items to help you fight pollution, this festive season.
Olive oil and Tomatoes
Olive oil: Alpha-tocopherol, the Vitamin E in olive oil, is known to improve lung function. Additionally, the fatty acids in olive oil help reduce inflammation. So, add more olive oil to your salads or use it while cooking, to reap its benefits.
Tomatoes: Include more of fresh tomatoes in your diet as they contain lycopene, an antioxidant that helps protect against dreadful respiratory illnesses.
Broccoli and Avocado
Broccoli: Studies have shown that sulforaphane, an anti-carcinogenic compound present in broccoli helps excrete toxins associated with ozone and particulate matter. That apart, eating broccoli is beneficial for our general good health. So, cook some for dinner today.
Avocado: Research conducted at King's College (London) shows that Vitamin E rich food items like avocados and spinach can help counteract the harmful effects of pollution.
Ginger and Flaxseed
Ginger: The potent anti-inflammatory elements of ginger are great for kicking away the dangerous effects of air pollution on our health. Additionally, ginger is a natural adaptogen, which means it helps in dealing with various stressors, including air pollution.
Flaxseed: With high levels of phytoestrogens, omega 3 fatty acids and powerful antioxidant properties, flaxseed is great for reducing effect of pollution on your body.
Other handy tips to help you combat pollution
In addition to taking a healthy diet, follow these simple tips to combat pollution effects.
1) Avoid exercising outdoors when pollution levels are on the higher side.
2) Use a face mask when heading outdoors.
3) Consider installing an air purifier at home.
4) Stay hydrated as it will help flush out toxins and impurities from your body.