The forest fires in Alberta are a major concern – not only for health but for those that might lose property and possessions and our hearts go out to all those affected.
During this time of poor air quality, it is important to be preventative about lung damage, especially for those with allergies, asthma and pre-existing respiratory disease. Whenever the body is under stress it requires extra vitamins and minerals and taking certain supplements can counter the negative effects.
Forest fire smoke is a combination of particles and gases, both of which can irritate and damage the sensitive mucosa lining in the lungs. The damage occurs via oxidative stress, so eating nutritious food is paramount. This is an important time to choose high-quality whole foods. Nutrient-dense foods such as brightly coloured fruits and vegetables will provide a mixture of natural antioxidants. Foods containing flavonoids have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory features that may provide additional lung protection. These foods include strawberries, green tea, black tea, brussels sprouts, beans, onions and apples.
Call the clinic at 587-521-3595 to set up an appointment with Dr. Mason-Wood who can start you on a protocol to protect you from the forest fires.