The smoke has been engulfing Lynnwood and surrounding areas and resulting in unhealthy air quality. This harms everyone’s health but affects those with heart and lung issues the most. At Interactive Health Clinic, we encourage our patients to take precautions to limit smoke exposure, and we offer support to reduce feeling the negative effects of the smoke.
According to IQ-AIR’s Air Quality Index, our area has been between Unhealthy and Very Unhealthy for the past week. This means, not only will sensitive people feel the effects, but most people will be noticeably affected, and should take precautions during this time. The Air Quality Index is also available by a phone app available on Android, Google Play and the Apple Store.
Is poor air quality actually bad for my health?
The particulate matter in the air can damage our lungs and affects our red blood cells, thus lowering our ability to carry oxygen in our bodies. Red blood cells live for 120 days, so feeling these effects can last until new blood cells are produced.
Also, when lungs are more inflamed, damaged, and stressed, we are at risk for a more severe response to viral infections. A normally manageable flu or infection can result in more serious breathing symptoms.
Common symptoms you may experience from poor air quality:
- Burning eyes
- Fatigue, sleepiness
- Brain fog
- Congestion, runny nose, cough, phlegm
- Difficulty breathing
How to limit smoke exposure:
- Stay indoors, close windows, and use an air purifier. (check out this article on the top plants for indoor air purifying effects).
- AC: use a recirculate setting to prevent pulling smoky air into your home.
- Consider making a DIY home filter using a box fan and MERV 13 rated filter.
- Avoid exercising or physical exertion during this time.
- When driving, keep windows closed and air circulating.
How to speed heal and prevent further damage: Glutathione!
Glutathione is our body’s #1 most powerful antioxidant and is found in the highest concentrations in our liver and lungs. When there is pollution or smoke in the air, our body uses glutathione to neutralize and prevent damage. Taking in more glutathione restores our levels, can be helpful in calming inflammation in the lungs, and can speed the recovery from insults like smoke exposure.
Interactive Health approach to lung recovery:
Once the smoke clears, the effects can last for weeks to months. Interactive Health Clinic offers support to speed the recovery of our lungs and cells.
- Oral Glutathione supplements
- They are not all created equal
- The treatment takes 10 minutes.
- A fast and effective way to fortify your lungs
- The treatment lasts 20-30 minutes
- Glutathione is given through an intravenous infusion
- Call to schedule
The Interactive Health approach is unique and personalized. If you are curious about how we can help give us a call at 425.361.7945 or [email protected]interactivehealthclinic.com