5 Ways to Beat the Haze

BRAND’S® Article - 5 Ways to Beat the Haze

Whenever Singapore is hit with haze, the most immediate concern is protecting people from the harmful effects. Apart from wearing a face mask and staying indoors, you can also take the following measures to safeguard your health.

1. Consume medicinal mushrooms

It’s true, mushrooms are known to have immune-boosting properties. In fact, medicinal mushrooms have a long history of use in traditional remedies. For the past 40 years, their medicinal qualities have been extensively studied in modern science, with over 300 papers exploring the relationship between mushrooms and the immune system.

Learn about three types of mushrooms and how they can help your body to cope with a hazy day.

  • Lingzhi: Contains molecules called β-glucans which increase the activity of white blood cells. These cells help to defend the body against haze particles that irritate the lungs.
  • Cordyceps: A highly prized tonic in Traditional Chinese Medicine that’s used to relieve coughs by strengthening the lungs and kidney.
  • Yamabushitake: Nourishes your body through a plentiful supply of β-glucans that boost the immunity.

2. Drink plenty of water

When your body is adequately hydrated, it can flush out toxins more effectively, including harmful substances absorbed from polluted air.

3. Use eye drops

Impurities found in haze can cause eye irritations. Use eye drops to cleanse and refresh your eyes.

4. Eat fish and nuts

Filling up on foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids aids in keeping your immune system functioning optimally. A diet that includes fish oils, nuts and seeds can help lower the chances of getting lung inflammation.

5. Buy air-purifying plants

A 1980s NASA study found that the Aloe plant can help to clear formaldehyde from the air. Other plants that exhibit air-purifying capabilities include spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum) with their long, overhanging leaves and colourful Gerberas.

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