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Veldfires! How to detox from Smoke Inhalation

The veldfires in the Garden Route led to unavoidable smoke inhalation for many people, which can be detrimental to both short and long term health. Detoxing after smoke exposure is essential for your good health.

Smoke Inhalation Symptoms

Veldfire smoke includes particles from burning vegetation and sometimes building materials mixed with gases. If your eyes are stinging, smoke exposure could also be inflicting other damage - Particles could be getting into your respiratory system.

Exposure can cause chest pain, a fast heartbeat, wheezing or bring on an asthma attack. Besides coughing and trouble breathing, many people experience symptoms similar to a sinus infection, such as headaches, sore throat, a runny nose and even fatigue.

Veldfire smoke can be especially harmful to the elderly, pregnant women, children and those with chronic heart and lung diseases. Because children breathe more air per kilogram of body weight than adults and their airways are still developing, they may experience more severe symptoms.
When advised to stay inside, keep your windows and doors closed.

It's also important to keep indoor air clean by not burning candles, using the fireplace or gas stoves, or smoking. An air purifier can be very helpful. The use of an essential oil diffuser can be beneficial – use a few drops of any of the following oils: Eucalyptus, Tea Tree (lovely for the inflamed cells), Lavender, Peppermint, Juniper Berry, Lemon, or Cedarwood. (Consult a specialist on essential oils if you are pregnant or have any health issues.)

Ways to Detox Your Lungs After Wildfire Smoke Inhalation

1. Water. Drink LOTS of Water

It’s not a revolutionary tip. Unfortunately, the vast majority of individuals are dehydrated. This is particularly an issue when you’re trying to detox after the harmful effects of fire.
Veldfire smoke inhalation causes microscopic particles to get trapped in your lungs. They can get into your bloodstream. And they can travel throughout your body contaminating other organs.
Water helps flush these particles from your system. Eight glasses of water is a good target in general. If you’re detoxing, aim to increase this intake to 12 or 14 glasses.

2. Drink Hot Liquids

Cilia are short eyelash-like filaments that cover the tissue of cells. When operating correctly, they beat in unison, creating a current that can move particles throughout the body. When there is a decrease in air quality, it can cause the cilia (plural for cilium) to stop moving. Hot liquids can encourage the cilia to start moving again. This can promote the movement (and removal) of mucous and saliva, which often contains high levels of contaminants.

Bonus Tip: A good ‘hot liquid’ drink can be made by steeping Slippery Elm and Marshmallow Root in hot water. These two herbs support, moisten, and relax the fragile tissues in your mouth, throat, and lungs.

3. Use a Saline Nasal Spray

Smoke exposure can cause irritated sinuses, irritation to the eyes, and shortness of breath. A saline nasal spray can help you moisten and soothe the inside of your nose. This can promote the expulsion of foreign matter and provide immediate relief.

4. Rinse Sinuses with a Neti Pot

Think of a neti pot as a nasal spray on steroids. In short – a Neti pot allows you to perform a thorough, natural nasal rinse. It helps you remove foreign substances. When you’re exposed to smoke, pollutants can easily get trapped in your nasal passage. If allowed to remain, they can easily travel to the lungs and cause additional issues.
Generally, a rinsing with a Neti pot can reduce congestion and improve symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, and dry nasal passages.

5. Breathe Steam with Thyme

Thyme has a wide variety of benefits, including:

• Anti - Microbial
• Anti - Viral
• Anti - Fungal

Breathing steam, rich with Thyme can help expel foreign substances, clear passageways, and reduce the irritation level of your sinuses. The simplest way to create Thyme-filled steam is to add 1 – 2 Table spoons of Thyme to a large bowl (alternatively use 2 drops of Thyme essentIial oil - the oil is very potent!) Pour in boiling water. Cover head and bowl with a large towel, trapping steam under the towel. Breathe deeply for 1 – 2 minutes. Repeat as needed.

6. Receive a Vitamin Rich IV Drip

IV drip therapy allows you to give your body a huge boost of key vitamins and minerals it needs to function at its peak. At Vitali we can help you with a specific cocktail to meet your individual needs.

Vitamin Rich IV drips available at VITALI HEALTH CENTRE, Hoekwil Road, Wilderness

7. Load Your Diet with Ginger

Ginger is another fabulous, natural detoxifier. Not only does it contain chemical compounds that helps lung function, it also improves blood circulation.

It’s great in stir-fries, dressings, and marinades. Ginger can also be sliced and steeped in hot water to make a ginger tea. Add lemon juice and honey to temper the flavour, as it can be very intense.

8. Up Your Vitamin C

Another natural antioxidant is Vitamin C. This time of the year broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, green, yellow and red peppers, spinach, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, blueberries, and strawberries offer an easy and delicious way to add more Vitamin C to your diet. You may also consider a plant based/bio available vitamin supplement.

Vitamin IV drips that include Vitamin C can deliver a huge boost to your immune system and help your body detox.

9. Up Your Glutathione Levels

Glutathione is another natural antioxidant. It supports the production of cellular energy and can help protect your DNA from oxidative damage (a common side effect of smoke exposure).

Order your Vitamin C, Anti-Oxidants, or an Essential Oil diffuser at, and support the National Charity Organisation for Down Syndrome, Autism, and Paediatric Oncology called “Ribbons For Roses”;

OR purchase Liposomal C or Bioavailable Anti-oxidants at:
Hoekwil Road, WILDERNESS


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