You may have noticed the sky has not been very clear the past week. The air pollution in HCM has reached unhealthy levels, with an AQI above 150. At these levels everyone is likely to feel negative effects to their health, which can be more serious for sensitive groups. Check HCMs pollution levels.
Pollutants including nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter from road traffic and sulphur dioxide, from the burning of fossil fuels, have been linked to suppressed lung growth in children, asthma, heart disease and the onset of type 2 diabetes. The exposure of pregnant women to air pollution has also been found to affect to foetal brain growth.
Foods to consume to combat the negative effects of Air Pollution:
Flaxseed has high levels of phytoestrogens and omega 3 fatty acids. Phytoestrogens have anti-oxidant properties that help to reduce the symptoms of asthma and other allergic reactions. You can take flaxseed daily in smoothies, salads or add it to your baked foods.
People who eat broccoli excrete toxins associated with ozone and particulate matter pollution. This excretion is due to the presence of sulforaphane, an anti-carcinogenic compound contained in broccoli.
Avocado & Spinach
The high levels of vitamin E in avocados and spinach can help to counteract the effects of certain types of particulate pollution.
Tomatoes have lycopene, an antioxidant that protects against respiratory illnesses.