How to Protect your family from breathing polluted (PM2.5) air

How to Protect your family from breathing polluted (PM2.5) air

Are you in an area affected by air pollution and you having to leave home? Waiting for you to work, shopping, family, friends, and duties? People often have to move and spend a lot of time outdoors. We give you a handful of tips that will largely neutralize the side effects of smog breathing.

Ways to protect against air pollution

Take care of yourself. Follow our tips and breathe healthy air.

Take Healthy Diet

Always take diet which includes vitamins like vitamin A, Vitamin E etc. A healthy diet keep you protected from air pollution. Vitamin A sources

 Restrict on the ‘fresh’ air

Sometimes we just have to leave the house, no matter what the conditions are outside. It is worth remembering that the air pollution has the stronger influence on us, the longer we stay on it. So if we know that breathing is not very healthy in our area, do not walk too long.

 Limit your use of the car

It is best to arrive as soon as possible, as far as possible, by committing to urban transport (not to aggravate the problem of pollution). If you need to use a car, it is important to remember to change the cabin filter frequently. The filter is more polluted, the less it catches air pollution. If the cabin filter is in active carbon, it is worth investing in.

Monitor the level of air pollution

But before we go anywhere, check out the website of the General Inspectorate of the Environment or the mobile application to find out what is the current state of the air in our area. If the pollution is very high, let’s think about the need to go out. Perhaps the air outside the peak hours or the next day will be much better, so if the case is not particularly important, then it is worth to postpone it.

 Get an anti-sneeze mask

In Poland we may continue to look at such remedies, but in many cities in the world dust masks are on the agenda. Good models can hold nearly 100% of pollution. If you live in an extremely polluted area, you often have to leave the house and spend a lot of time on the ‘fresh’ air, then think about that investment.

 Apply dietary supplement

Take care of your diet. Vitamins A, C, E and selenium will help to neutralize excess free radicals in the body, which are created by the breathing of contaminated air.

 Take a breather with clean air

If you have the opportunity, try to be able to often spend time outside the city. Even a few days without pollution and smog can help your body. Note: often in the suburbs is much worse than in the city. Take a break from the smog; make sure that wherever you go, there is not much trouble.

Breathe through your nose

The nose is a natural air filter. Nasal breathing is much healthier than mouth breathing.

 Try to avoid busy streets

Around them a lot of pollution is caused by cars. If you have the opportunity, do not travel in peak times, just when the pollution is very high.

 Pay attention also to atmospheric conditions

When it is warm, it rains and the wind blows – probably the air is good because people do not heat the homes, the rain drops on the lands, and the wind blows away the rest that is in the air. On the other hand, when it is cool and windless, we can almost be sure that air is of poor quality – the combustion increases to warm the buildings, more people travel by car to avoid the cold, the dust stops in the air and is not dispelled.

Opt for less packaging.

The plastic, aluminum foil and cardboard used to pack are made with practices that negatively impact air quality. Whatever you buy, try to choose products that have less packaging. For example, instead of choosing a box of individually packed granola bars, try to prepare them yourself at home or buy them at the bakery, where they do not package them with aluminum foil. If this is not possible, choose products that come packaged with recyclable material.

  • Take your own shopping bag made of fabric to the store instead of asking for plastic or paper bags.
  • Purchase in the wholesale food section instead of purchasing individually packaged products.
  • Buy fresh and loose vegetable products instead of canned and frozen ones.

Buy local products
When you need to buy something instead of making it, try to buy the products that are sold within your locality. You could have more luck in small stores, instead of commercial stores, which tend to import all their products, which will be contributing significantly to air pollution. Here are some strategies to buy local products:

  • Make your purchases in the producer markets. This is the best way to buy food grown and marketed within your locality.
  • Check clothing labels. Try to buy manufactured garments near where you live. Although it could be quite expensive, consider buying hand-made clothes for someone who lives near you. If this is not possible, buying second-hand clothes is another excellent way to reduce consumption.

Of course it is practically impossible to adhere to all these tips. No one will give up the job, because there is no wind outside. However, you can take care of your diet beforehand, wear a mask and go to work less frequented streets. Or before you go out with a friend for a walk you check the air condition and you think it is better to sit at home? All this affects our health, so take care of them as far as possible.



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