Diwali-your new COPD trigger?

Hello everyone! I am back with a part-2 of the blog.

We all know how poor Delhi’s air quality is right now, and how we all are battling the obvious symptoms.

So now, why not talk about how we can protect ourselves or what we can do to help.

Here I am, sharing my opinion not just as a blogger, but also as a doctor.

Protect yourselves :

1. Wear masks-

Don’t, I repeat don’t step outside without masks. They are easily available everywhere these days and are extremely reasonable.

You can go for the use-and-throw, one time use variety or the reusable ones. That is totally up to you.

But these masks are super super essential.

2. Avoid smoking-

As if the air quality isn’t hazardous enough to your health, do you really want any more contributing factors?

We know how harmful smoking can be. And that on top of Delhi’s air can be extremely harmful.

It’s the best advice, and may even be motivation for some, but please avoid smoking.

Also, those extra filtered cigarettes are no less. Don’t fool yourself.

Just as smoking is harmful, so is passive smoking. For those of you who don’t know, passive smoking is more harmful. Yes, you’ve read it right. There are no filters to protect you when you are a passive smoker. So beware!

3. Eat healthy-

While the pollution makes you vulnerable to numerous infections and diseases, you can try and avoid them as much as possible.

Having a strong immunity is the key to it.

Try and include the following in your meals

Vitamin C:

Oranges, amla(indian gooseberry), broccoli, kiwi and bell peppers are some of the richest sources.Food rich in antioxidants:

  • This could be your dry fruits and nuts.
  • Or your favourite variety of fish.
  • Maybe grapes, beans or your green veggies.
  • Dairy products:

  • You can take them in any form, from milk to yogurt to cheese to butter or anything else that you like.
  • Drink plenty of fluids:

  • Water, juice, and tender coconut.
  • 4. Avoid going outdoors-

    No matter how much you love the concept of fresh air and evening walks, avoid them for some time.

    You have to trust me when I say, staying indoors is a safer option these days.

    5. Exercise-

    Now, just because you have to stay indoors, doesn’t give you an excuse to avoid exercising.

    Exercise indoors.

    Also, if you just can’t skip your daily walk, do it in the morning.

    Include meditation and yoga in your workout regime.

    6. Air purifiers-

    Get an air purifier for your home now! They make a lot of difference and are very essential these days.

    There are plenty of options available in the market, get one that suits your needs and budget.

    My personal recommendations are the Dyson or Philips ones.

    So, stay healthy and protect yourselves.

    Till then,

    Love to you all ❤️

    Do follow- Girl with the pink stetho.

    Diwali- your new COPD trigger?

    The festival of lights comes to an end and, here we are, back to our same old life. But the real question is- “Is it your same old life?”.

    With the pollution levels in Delhi hitting a new high and our oxygen levels hitting a new low, this diwali brings with it a new standard of detoriation in our health.Over the past few years, post diwali time has been a nightmare for delhites. While some people experience the obvious breathlesslness and coughs, some are still fortunate enough to not be a victim of this mess. But, being symptom free now doesn’t guarantee a healthy life forever. The detoriating air quality will take a toil on everyone’s respiratory system, sooner or later.

    One day in Delhi=20 cigarettes a day?

    Yes! You read it right. That is what delhi air is doing to you and your body.

    And if you’re are oblivious to what smoking does to you, sorry to say, but you need help!

    And while delhi continues to downscale its air progressively every year, there is the city of dreams, which breathes its cleanest air in 5 years.

    So much for delhi government’s efforts, right?

    So what is it, that makes us the situation so bad?

    1. The obvious crackers-

  • Despite the continuous banter from the government and environmentalists, our love for crackers supervenes the need of the hour.
  • Though, green crackers are now available in market, lack of variety is the main setback we face. Thus, leaving people with no choice but to use the original desi crackers.
  • 2. Stubble burning

  • Popularly known as PARALI, stubble burning is a common practice in Punjab and Haryana. It’s basically burning of crop waste, that is done around October end-November and results in toxic cloud, one of the major contributors to air pollution during the season.
  • 3. Miscellaneous

  • And then we have the regular-year-long causes

    • Dust from construction sites
    • Vehicular pollution
    • Burning garbage and all

    But now, what’s done is done. We can not undo the effects, but you surely can protect yourselves(as much as possible). Stay tuned for the second part of this post.

    Till then,

    Love to you all ❤️

    Do follow Girl with the pink stetho