Every year during winter season, thick toxic smog descend over Delhi leading to a surge in the number of respiratory and cardiac problems. According to doctors, around 30,000 people die in NCR and Delhi during winter months every year due to deteriorating quality of the air. It is like smoking 50 cigarettes in a day and doctors have warned of around a 50 percent increase in breathing issues in patients, resulting in shortage of ICU beds and ventilators. The air quality hit this year’s worst since Tuesday and the contributing factors include vehicular pollution, smoke and dust from road and construction sites. It is not a simple task to solve the issue of air pollution and you need to take a few steps lower the risk of pollution related respiratory and cardiac issues. Follow these tips to protect yourself from the air pollution and stay healthy. (ALSO READ Air Pollution Might Put You At A Risk Of Kidney Damage: 5 Other Side Effects of Air Pollution on Human Health).

1. Use pollution mask if you are venturing out

Every time you step out make sure to wear a good quality pollution mask. You can buy anti-pollution masks like N95 air masks and N99 VOG mask.

2. Quit smoking

Quit smoking

Quit smoking

To keep yourself and your family healthy, do not smoke. Your lungs will thank you for this.

3. Eat right to boost immunity

Your body is getting used to the changing weather this time of the year, so it is susceptible to infections. Eating the right food will improve your immune system and ward off the diseases. Your diet should include vegetables and fruits rich in omega fatty acids, vitamin C, and magnesium. These are the foods you could eat to boost your immunity. Also make sure you are drinking enough water.

4. Install an air purifier

You can buy air purifier these days and it is the best way to fight to air pollution. If you have an air purifier, it is advisable to frequently air your home. Turn off the air purifier and open the window when you know the pollution is low.

5. Install an app to monitor pollution

There are several app available to monitor outdoor air pollution. Download and install the app on your phone and check the pollution level before you step out. The government of India has launched SAFAR-Air, a mobile app that can tell you about the air pollution.

6. Use vacuum cleaner

Vacuum cleaner

Vacuum cleaner

Instead of sweeping the floor, vacuum it. This will help minimize the dust in your house. Get a vacuum with HEPA filter or a microfiltration bag, it will be beneficial if you are allergic to pollen, dust and dust mites.

7. Install air pollution sensors in your home

Air pollution sensors are high-accuracy and low-cost device that will help you to monitor the level of pollution in your home.

8. Have herbal tea

Herbal tea like ginger tea and tulsi tea is beneficial. It will not only sooth your irritated throat but will also help improve your immunity.

9. Get some indoor plants

There are many plants that purify the air. It will help reduce the air pollution in your house. Here is a list of plants you could keep in your house for cleaner air. Many of these plants are easy to maintain and are hardy.

Try to follow these tips to safeguard yourself from the air pollution. Also, exercise regularly to keep your body healthy.