17-11-2017 12:00 PM | Lathika Saju | My Indian Dream
Some super foods alleviate the effects of pollution
We are living in the Anthropocene epoch when the effects of humanity on earth is more profound than ever and pollution has become a part of our lives. Try as we must, we are unable to escape the bad effects of pollution which is taking a toll on our body. As per The World Health Organization (WHO), pollution is the fifth leading cause of death in India, after high blood pressure and tobacco smoking.
While we cannot totally overcome pollution, we can try to make our body immune to it by consuming the following foods-
Indian gooseberry or Amla
Amla is packed with vitamin C which is the single most potent antioxidant for our body. This water-soluble vitamin is present throughout our body and it scavenges free radicals. According to a study, regular consumption of amla can negate all sorts of ill effects that dust particles can cause on the liver. It also prevents the oxidative damage that is caused by the dust particles.
Lycopene is an important antioxidant that is found in tomatoes. It works as a layer of protection for respiratory system against dust particles in the air.
Health experts contend using a mixture of turmeric and ghee for cough and asthma is very effective against cough and asthma. A mixture of turmeric, jaggery, and butter can keep asthma at bay. Turmeric is a well-known antioxidant that helps to protect the lungs from the toxic effects of pollutants. It also diminishes toxins from the liver and keeps it healthy.
Consuming tulsi (basil) leaves is extremely beneficial to the body. It is known that the plant absorbs dust particles in the air, making the air pure. Interestingly, tulsi (basil) leaves can protect lungs against air pollution. According to health experts, drinking 10-15 ml of tulsi juice on a daily basis can help clear pollutants from the respiratory tract.
Leafy vegetables are a good source of Beta Carotene which plays a very important role in controlling inflammation because of its antioxidant activity. It is also converted to vitamin A in our body. Leafy vegetables like amaranth (chaulai ka saag), coriander, methi(fenugreek), lettuce radish leaves and spinach are the richest sources of Beta Carotene.
Nuts and seeds
Omega 3 fats should be included in our diet as these protect the body against the detrimental effects of air pollution on one's heart health and lipid profile. Nuts and seeds are good sources of these heart-healthy oils. Safeguard your body from illness by consuming foods rich in Omega 3 fats like walnuts, almonds, methi (fenugreek) seeds, chia seeds and flax seeds.
While the above foods protect our body from the ill effects of pollution, let us do our bit to bring down pollution by generating minimum waste, stop using plastic, carpooling or using public transport and such other environment-friendly actions.
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