I saw this useful infographic online, and thought I would summarise some of the useful tips for surviving the haze these few days (or weeks?!). That said, this list only includes nutrition related tips, since I felt they were overlooked compared to the obvious precautions like staying indoors, minimising outdoor exercise, wearing a mask, using an air purifier and the like.
1) Drink Water
You probably already know this, but seriously, do keep drinking up! It’ll help you get rid of all the toxic fumes that you inhaled, and absorbed through your skin.
2) Load up on Vitamin C
You probably can’t see very well in the haze, so you should make up for it with your (Vit) C. Okay I was trying a bit too hard there haha. Gosh, that was seriously cringeworthy. Anyway, do make it a point to drink some Vitamin C or eat some fruits that are high in Vitamin C like oranges, kiwis and pineapples.
3) Go easy on the coffee and alcohol
My fellow university students will probably laugh at this, since these are probably the two favourite drinks of college students. But look after yourself this period, these drinks are dehydrating and take away nutrients from your body, which isn’t something you want in this kind of situation.
4) Don’t forget your Vitamin E
You can find this in eggs, almonds, tofu, broccoli, spinach and avocados. (Excuse to drink avocado milkshakes!!) The antioxidants will help you minimise cell damage.
5) Salmon and your Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Salmon, tuna, walnuts, mackerel, olive oil… the omega-3 fatty acids will help you to reduce inflammation and keep your immunity in check!
6) Follow the TCM way
Green bean/Mung bean soup, Barley and Chrysanthemum are all good to have since they have cooling properties and help to ease sore throats and reduce heatiness in the body.
I hope this helped and stay healthy everyone! 🙂