By : Samantha Koh
22 September 2015
The haze is back with a vengeance this year. There is not much that we can do about it – apart from hoping that the wind will blow in a different direction away from us.
But there are certainly things which we can do to stay healthy. Here are 5 ‘superfoods’ to keep our immune system up.
Chia seeds are full of antioxidants, which help to combat free radicals and prevent cellular damage from exposure to the haze pollutants.
As haze particles can affect the heart for those with existing chronic heart conditions, the Omega-3 fatty acids in chia seeds are also beneficial for cardiac health.
Vitamin C is a known immunity booster. It is also an antioxidant, and like Chia seeds, can help to protect your cells from free radical damage and air pollutants.
Easily absorbed by our bodies, get your daily dose from fruits such as oranges and papayas. For the busy ones, they can also ingest the vitamin in the form of tablet supplements.
Green Leafy Veggies
Now is also the time to eat more green leafy vegetables. Spinach for example, contains high levels of iron and Vitamin A.
Vitamin A helps to keep your eye membranes moist – important for irritated eyes. Iron is an essential nutrient that helps to carry oxygen to the blood stream and keep cells functioning.
Besides being really yummy, honey is a great remedy for sore throats and coughs – common symptoms brought about by the haze. Mix a tablespoon of honey in warm water and drink up for some instant soothing.
Honey also has anti-inflammatory effects which can help to relieve allergy symptoms triggered by the haze, and is a brilliant energy booster; perfect when you need a pick-me-up!
Coconut oil is not just for cooking. It is touted as the cure-all for many things. It contains lauric acid, which our bodies convert into monolaurin that helps us fight harmful viruses and bacteria, and strengthens our immune system.
Coconut oil is also a skin moisturiser, and its antioxidant properties can help protect against free radicals and premature ageing. So now that you know, go grab a bottle!
With the plethora of benefits these foods offer, it is a good idea to consume them – haze or no haze. But do check out for yourselves the medical benefits and effects as each may react differently.
Of course, the last ‘superfood’ is H2O. So remember to drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated!
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