Post Contributed by Tiffani Horn, SNDA Web and Social Media Coordinator
The CA wildfires are not only affecting those directly in the area but has continued to affect those in the Bay Area. While the fire is being contained, the smoke has drifted to residents all over Northern California and has caused respiratory issues to increase. While we can do our best to stay out of the smoke and remain indoors there are a number of precautions that we can take in order to boost our immune system and lung health.
Keep your Environment as Fresh as Possible
In order to maintain fresh air when you are indoors, make sure that all air filters have been cleaned or changed to ensure the freshest air possible and limit any build up from outside smoke/particles. Other ways to keep your home as an ideal environment is to limit any smoking, burning (wood, candles, etc.) and cooking. When the air quality begins to decrease, it is also best to wait to vacuum since the movement could cause particles to rise into the air.
Make Sure You're Wearing The Right Mask
One common misconception is that as long as I cover my face, there is no way the smoke can harm me. Although the thought is correct, paper masks (surgical/dust) don't protect you from the particles of the wildfire. Since the particles are immensely small, these masks won't do you justice! Invest in a "particulate respirator" mask which can be found at hardware stores or pharmacies. Keep words to look for are NIOSH, N95 or P100. These masks typically have two straps securing the mouth and nose from a majority of particles.
Nourish Your Body
The fastest and easiest way to protect your body from the harmful smoke in the air is by having a diet that supports your immune system and lungs during this high stress time. Some key factors to remember include
Links to Ginger Recipes:
Honey Lemon Ginger Chicken
15 Min Sesame Ginger Noodles
Ginger and Turmeric Carrot Soup
Links to High Vitamin C Recipes:
30 Min Stuffed Bell Peppers
Sauteed Broccoli & Kale With Toasted Garlic Butter
High Protein Strawberry and Mango Smoothie
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