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Detox Solutions To Protect Yourself From Unhealthy Air

Lately, there has been a bit of unhealthy air quality surrounding us because of the forest fires.

Breathing in smoke can cause irritated sinuses, stingy eyes, coughing, headaches, and tiredness.

But, there are detox solutions to help your lungs stay as healthy as can be!


1) Drink lots of water:

Wildfire smoke inhalation causes microscopic particles to get trapped inside the lungs and they can travel throughout the body, contaminating other organs. Water helps flush these particles out of your system. A lot of people are dehydrated and can always drink more water.

The recommended amount of water you should have every day is 10 8oz glasses. When detoxing, try and aim for 12-14 glasses of water.

2) Increasing your Vitamin C intake:

Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant that helps boost your immune system and is necessary for the growth, development, and repair of all body tissues.

Foods that have a good source of vitamin c are pomegranates, brussel sprouts, oranges, potatoes, and peppers.

3) Drink hot liquids:

Cilia are hair-like structures that extend from the cell body into the fluid surrounding the cell. The respiratory tract in humans is lined with cilia that keep inhaled dust, smog, and potentially harmful microorganisms from entering the lungs. When there is a decrease in air quality, it can cause the cilium to stop moving.

Hot liquids can encourage the cilium to start moving again, as well as support, relax, and soften the tissues in your mouth, throat, and lungs. This can promote the removal and movement of saliva and mucous, which often contains high levels of contaminants.

4) Breathe in steam with thyme:

There are quite a few benefits with thyme, it's anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial. Breathing in this spice helps clear passageways and reduce the irritation level of your sinuses.

The easiest way to do this is put in 1-2 tablespoons of thyme in a bowl. Then, pour in boiling water, put your face a few inches away from the water, and lay a towel over your head to create the steam. Breathe deeply in 1-2 minute sequences and repeat as needed.


This past year has been hard on everyone from having to isolate ourselves and stay inside. At times it is hard to avoid going outside, getting from one place to another, and we need the fresh air interaction. Just be safe and take care of yourself!


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