Life Hacks To Beat The Haze
So the haze is back and it looks like it could linger over Malaysia till we don’t know when. Since the haze made a huge comeback this year, it’s made most of us sick,here are definitely some things you can do to beat the haze, and we’ve compiled that list.
1. Masks – Get Your Face On
The N95 masks are a special type of mask with special filters to prevent chemical particles from the polluted air into your system.
- To prevent the harmful particles in the air from getting into your system, ensure that the N95 masks are a good fit.
- Studies have also shown that the N95 masks provide good protection against the pollutants, but not many people know that they aren’t exactly for everyone’s consumption. Pregnant women and elderly should refrain from using them as it enhances the effort needed to breathe. This is especially important for people with lung conditions and heart problems.
Though they’re not exactly N95 masks, they’ll protect you from the haze still. Remember, it’s all about the layers!
- Boil a pot of water and drip some peppermint aromatherapy oil and inhale deeply.
- Apply some Chinese medicated oil (驱风油) gives a temporal relief too, worth a try to apply a subtle amount to the area just under your nose and take easy breaths.
2. Beauty – Take Care of Your Skin
Besides the obvious precautions like giving your skin an extra-large dose of antioxidants to detoxify it and to better cleanse it, what you should be doing is to improve the skin cell membrane – basically, these are good fats that thicken cell membrane that has become thin and weak, so it’s better able to defend the deeper layers of your skin against all the nasty stuff that’s floating around in the air, courtesy of the haze.
3. Healthy Food
Here’s what to look out for:
- Vitamin C – helps with tissue growth and repair; works like a natural anti-histamine if you have allergic reactions due to the haze.
- Antioxidant-rich food – like your skincare, food rich in antioxidants (berries, beets, green tea, chia seeds) get rid of harmful free radicals introduced by smog particles.
- Green leafy vegetables – lots of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, all of which boost your health and immunity system.
- Mince some garlic cloves and add honey to submerge then cover with cling wrap and leave it overnight (no need to refrigerate). Consume the mixture early in the morning on an empty stomach and throughout the day as needed.
- Add 2-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into a glass of luke-warm water and consume in the morning or when needed if you feel mucus building up in your throat. The acidity from the vinegar will help dissolve the mucus and clear your throat.
Your skin and lungs shouldn’t be the only things you protect. You should also take care of your eyes, especially for those who wear contact lenses. Apply drops of saline solution at least twice daily (or when needed) which act as natural tear supplements to wash away haze compounds or dust particles trapped around the eyes.
5. Plants That Give You Clean Air
As we face yet another season of poor air quality, many of us seek refuge indoors – but you might be surprised to find out that your own home can be an unhealthy environment too.
Grow your own plants. Or buy one from the nearest nursery. NASA conducted research on the best houseplants for clean air, and found that these tropical plants (phew!) help purify the air, ridding it of toxins so all we get is fresh oxygen.
- Areca Palm – works in the day, converts carbon dioxide to oxygen.
- Mother-in-Law’s Tongue – you can tell by its sassy name, the pollutants won’t dare to stick around. This works best at night, and is best in the bedroom as, unlike other plants, it doesn’t suck oxygen from you while you sleep.
- Money Plant – filters out removing Formaldehyde and other VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
- Recommended: at least one plant per 100 sq ft of home or office space.
For more information of our gardening tools, you may refer to our earlier post : “11 Gardening Tools in MR. D.I.Y. That Ease Your Life”
6. Air Purifiers
You shouldn’t confuse air purifiers with humidifiers, diffusers and ionisers. The ideal air purifier should have these two things:
- True HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arrestance) Filter : Get one that has this as it removes 99.97% of particles that have a size of 0.3 µm. Don’t cut cost and get one that has a HEPA-like filter.
- Carbon Filter: It removes chemicals like the cancer-causing formaldehyde and helps to neutralise smells through the use of a bed of activated carbon.
7. Exercise – In Your Living Room Instead
You wouldn’t believe the number of people who are still going about jogging around the neighbourhood, even when it’s so hazy! It’s fine to keep fit, but if you’re doing it at the expense of your health, it really beats the point.
- Dr Steve Yang, a specialist in respiratory medicine at Raffles Hospital said that “the amount of particulate matter deposited in the respiratory tract during exercise can be about five times more than when the body is at rest”. Basically, when it’s haze season, your lungs take in less oxygen and more pollutants when you exercise. Do your heavy breathing indoors instead.
- For a solid workout, include burpees, planks, star jumps, push-ups, sit-ups in your routine, or even fit in a circuit training regime. And if that’s not enough, there are much more exercises you can try and learn from the world’s most widely-available resource – YouTube.
- Read more about this at our previous post “Exercise indoor to escape haze: TOP SELLING fitness equipments available in MR.D.I.Y.“
Take care everyone!