Ottawa Air Quality: 3 Natural Health Strategies to Support Your Health
As a naturopathic doctor serving the Ottawa area, I understand the deep concerns surrounding the uncharacteristically poor air quality we are currently experiencing. Unfortunately, according to Environment Canada, the air quality levels are anticipated to worsen again on Friday and Saturday.
Exposure to high levels of smoke in the air can pose significant health risks, even for individuals without pre-existing conditions. Common symptoms include headaches, sinus and eye irritation, fatigue, and difficulty breathing. However, individuals with pre-existing lung conditions, asthma, heart disease, older adults, and children face an elevated risk of experiencing more severe health effects.
Amidst these challenges, there are proactive steps you can take to safeguard your health and well-being. Let's delve into comprehensive natural strategies and supplements that can help support your body during this period of compromised air quality:
1. Optimize your air quality
In your home or office, consider using air purifiers with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters to effectively remove smoke particles from your home environment. When out and about, wear an N95 mask. N95 masks are designed to filter out tiny particles that are smaller than 0.3 micrometers, providing protection from pollutants in the air.
2. Stay hydrated and nourished
Drink an ample amount of water to help your body flush out toxins and maintain optimal hydration levels. Focus on consuming a nutrient-rich diet, with an emphasis on antioxidant-rich foods such as berries, leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables, and colorful fruits. These foods provide essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to combat oxidative stress caused by smoke exposure.
3. Prioritize respiratory-supporting herbs and supplements:
Turmeric is a supplement that has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to lower inflammation. Turmeric is also a great source of antioxidants, which help your body flush out toxins.
Studies show that NAC supplements can be highly supportive of lung health. Taking an NAC supplement can help mitigate inflammation and thin mucus, facilitating easier clearance of the airways.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and can support your body's defense against the harmful effects of smoke. Consider increasing your intake through a supplement or dietary sources.
Please keep in mind that these suggestions are intended to support your health. If you experience severe symptoms, seek immediate medical assistance.
About Dr. Rachelle Viinberg
Dr. Rachelle Viinberg is a naturopathic doctor and Olympic medallist. Learn more and inquire about holistic naturopathic care: https://drkristylewis.ca/