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The Absolutely Complete GUIDE you need to FIGHT POLLUTION!

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Fight pollution this winter. Here is your complete guide!

Steam:
Steaming once in a while by any means from a bowl steam to sauna, relaxes the blood vessels and increases the circulation. Steaming helps in removing the dirt that is build up due to exposure to dust or dirt caused by pollution. Steaming is one of the least time consuming and easy way to avoid blocking of nose to avoid cold and other related issues. Steaming devices can add up as an easy instant way to steam in a busy schedule.

Dr. Trust Steamer/Vaporizer/Room Humidifier is the the popular choice. It produces strong steam instantly to clean and nourish skin in one go, this steamer comes with a hollow design inside It where you can add essential oils.

Dr. Trust Steamer

Face Mask: Face masks are easily available, can be handmade and is one of the easiest ways to protect from the harmful pollutants while we walk outdoors. Face masks are already widely used due to amid covid-19 situation all over the world, however it will help against the pollution too.

Persis Cursetji, is a dancer, holistic healer and an entrepreneur, stays stylish even in masks!

Mask acts as a nasal filter hence it filters the air entering through our nasal passage, it filters out the air directly from within the nostrils without having to immune our whole face.

Different types of masks and their uses:

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N95 protects against viruses like novel coronavirus and other respiratory diseases, they filter out 95% of particles from the air breathed in.

Cone-style masks fit over the mouth and nose, usually, there’s also a strip of metal at the top, so the wearer can secure the mask on the bridge of the nose but cone-style face masks are less effective at containing droplets and spray than cloth face masks constructed of quilting cotton.

Rupa Kumari, Yoga nthusiast, prefers the conical mask!

Disposable surgical mask These flat, thin, paper-like masks are usually white and light blue and can filter out about 60% of smaller, inhaled particles. They are primarily intended to stop droplets, sprays and splatter and can significantly reduce the spread of respiratory infection.

Community Health Officer, Barnali Dutta prefers surgical masks to protect her.

Cloth masks with filter: Some store-bought masks come with filter pockets by making cloth masks with a pocket for a filter we can use folded facial tissues as a filter simply slip the folded tissue into the filter pocket. Change the tissue filter daily that’s simple.

Carol Hill, model & fitness enthusiast in a mask!

Home/Self Stitched Mask like single-layer masks may only provide 1% particle filtration. A two-layer cotton mask filters out about 35% of small particles. Cotton face masks can decrease droplet spray from 8 feet to 2 ½ inches. The effectiveness of a homemade cloth face mask largely depends upon its making hence densely woven cotton fabrics, such as quilting cotton, are best, Single-layer fabric masks are less effective than double-layer masks which may be less effective than triple-layer masks.

If none of these masks are available or if we are in a hurry just tying a cloth piece we have or Dupattas for ladies will also do a great help in fighting pollution. The basic need for saving ourselves from pollution is getting awareness about the need of it !

Air purifiers:

The air purifiers basically purify the air surrounding it from toxins. The types of getting the air purifiers can be from an easiest way of having plants to having the devices that purify the air.

Plants That Purify Air:

Pothos

a) Pothos: most effective indoor air purifiers for removing common toxins.

b) Philodendron: removes indoor toxins, particularly formaldehyde, from the air.

Rubber Plant

c) Rubber Plant: improves air quality by converting exhaled carbon dioxide into breathable oxygen. The plants combine carbon dioxide with hydrogen broken down from water taken in by the roots. A by- product of this chemical reaction is oxygen. The rubber plant releases the extra oxygen into the air through the leaves.

d) Boston Fern: not only spruce up the indoor air quality but also improve the humidity levels by restoring moisture to the air naturally, which gives a soothing effect.

e) Areca Palm: Dubbed “the most efficient air humidifier” by Meta- Efficient, the Areca can be counted on to keep your home or office moist during dry times and continuously remove chemical toxins from the air.

Beeswax Candles

Beeswax Candles: Produces negative ions when burned, and those ions help to neutralize pollutants in the air. This helps eliminate dust, odors and mold in the atmosphere, easing allergy and asthma symptoms and improving breathing for anyone nearby.

Salt Lamps: Acts as a natural air purifier.

Elysian Archie talks about the benefits of Himalyan Salt Lamps here.

Activated Charcoal:
These products are designed to filter gases through a bed of activated carbon (also called activated charcoal) and are usually used to combat volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released from common household products. They are also often used to remove odors from the air, such as the smell of tobacco smoke.

Essential Oils
Essential oils such as lemon, peppermint, chamomile, lavender, eucalyptus, basil, tea-tree, lime, jasmine, pine, lemon-grass, cinnamon leaf oil etc helps in purifying the surrounding. Using them in candles, some as plants, or in purifying devices fills the surrounding with aroma of it and thus helps reliving from the toxic agents in air.

Air Purifiers:

Dyson Pure Cool Air Purifier

Dyson Pure Cool Tower TP04 Air Purifier Senses & displays pollutants in real time,360° vacuum-sealed Glass HEPA & activated carbon filters, Projects powerful airflow, Customizable Oscillation up to 350°, Intelligent reporting with Dyson Link App Automatically senses, captures and projects – then reports to your Dyson Link app in real-time. Easy to pair & connect with Wi-fi & Bluetooth enabled capability, Night-time mode Monitors and purifies using its quietest settings, with a dimmed display, Air Purifier with powerful bladeless fan Purifies all year round. Cools you in summer as required with the bladeless fan, Draught-free diffused mode Purifies without powerful projection by diffusing the air flow through side vents, Quick and easy filter changing Low maintenance, easily changeable filters. With built-in notification (on LCD & app) when they require replacing, Remote control, Quiet Mark accreditation, Certified Asthma and Allergy Friendly, Dyson air purifiers clean your whole room properly.


Honeywell Air Purifier

Honeywell True HEPA Allergen Remover Helps capture certain airborne germs, circulates room air up to 5 times per hour & AHAM CADR Rated 300 – Room Size: 21′ x 22′ (465 sq. ft.), Activated Carbon Prefilter helps reduce unpleasant odors, Easy tap electronic controls w/ 3 air cleaning levels plus Turbo Clean setting & 2, 4, & 8hour timer, Electronic filter replacement reminders.

Blueair Air Purifier

Blueair Blue Pure 411 Particle + Carbon filter with largest filter area of (4.3 sq.mtrs) for best filtration-efficiency and consistent clean air. Removes all particle and gaseous pollutants. Powerful 360-degree air intake for efficient air cleaning, Energy efficient, Whisper Silent performance. Additional washable pre- filter catches larger-particals, extending the life of main filter, also change the color as per the room color.

Coway Air Purifier

Coway AP1512HH HEPA Air Purifier: Coway-Mighty pollution sensor communicates indoor air quality in real-time. The brightly coloured LED lets you know how clean or dirty your indoor air is every minute of the day. And it features a timer, and filter lifetime indicator. Fan speeds available in 1, 2, 3 stages by manually setting up. While auto mode automatically optimizes the speed setting 1 through 3 based on the level of indoor air quality. When no pollution is detected for 30 minutes, the fan will automatically stop and set as Eco mode to save energy.
Timer feature allows the machine to run 1/4/8 hours before automatically powering off. Filter replacement indicator checks both Pre-filter and HEPA filter respectively to let users be aware of when to wash or replace the filter. 77 W power consumption and quiet operation with noise level ranging from 24.4 dB to 53.8 dB.

Food, To Fight Against Pollutants:
Pink grapefruit, watermelon, tomatoes, citrus fruits like oranges have high level of antioxidants. Tomatoes are rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C and lycopene – antioxidants that help reduce airway inflammation, further reducing the chances of causing asthma and other respiratory problems.

Turmeric, Flaxseeds, Broccoli and Spinach helps in combating the pollution. Turmeric helps in preventing the problems caused by the fine particles of
the pollutants present in the air. Flaxseeds have omega-3- fatty acids and phytoestrogens which helps reduce the symptoms of asthma and other allergic reactions.

Yoga instructor Alex Andra swears by a healthy diet!

Vitamin-E is beneficial due to its antioxidant and anti- inflammatory properties. Emerging evidence from clinical trials support a role of vitamin E and C in ameliorating the effects of air pollution in asthma and reducing the risk of respiratory infections.

Vitamin-C protects the body from harmful molecules called free radicals that damage cells. Free radicals can form when air pollution enters the lungs, and evidence suggests they play a role in heart disease, cancer and even respiratory ailments.

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