Fire Season Started. Are You Prepared to Prevent Smoke Inhalation?


Wildfires burn in California hills

In 2017, wildfires ravaged the west coast. It was nearly impossible to avoid being exposed to smoke. Depending on where you were located, you may still be dealing with smoke inhalations symptoms. This leaves many of among us wondering about how to prepare for a wildfire?

The following tips outline steps you can take now and after exposure to help your body recover and thrive.

7 Wildfire Preparation Steps

Eating salad
When you're pretoxing, be sure to load up on vegetables and fruit.

1. Pretox

Whether it’s office parties or barbecues on the beach, our lives can push our immune systems to the brink. Add the secondhand smoke that fire season brings to the mix and suddenly it can be incredibly difficult to maintain your health.

A pretox can help you reset your body and balance your nutrient levels. This isn’t a juice and water type of diet regime. Rather, think of a pretox as a vitamin-rich menu loaded with hearty protein, fruits, and vegetables.

Prior to the holidays last year, Cooking Light released a 3-day pretox meal plan loaded with protein, vegetables, and flavor. During the spring, think about upping your helpings of beets, asparagus, and arugula. Bok choy and artichokes are also loaded with nutrients.

In summer, load up on strawberries, apricots, and blackberries. Add zucchini and cucumbers to the mix. Bring in some radishes and rhubarb for a bit of tart flavor and color. What you want is to load your plate up with color.

Indoor spin class
While an indoor spin class might not have the same views as the open road, just think of good it will feel to workout when you're cooped up inside.

2. Find an Indoor Gym You Like

Toxins can get caught in your muscles and fatty tissue. Working out increases your blood flow, helping these harmful chemicals move out of your body, effectively flushing your system.

The problem is, when fire season hits, the toxins in the air can make it difficult to spend time outdoors. In fact, air quality can be so poor, health officials may issue warnings recommending you avoid spending time outdoors to prevent smoke inhalation.

This means your regular bike rides, running routes, and walking routines aren’t an option. Love your yoga class in the park? It’s probably not a good idea either. Thinking you’ll hike on the weekend? Think again.

Don’t let this keep you from working out. Find an indoor gym you like. This will help ensure you have a safe space to get your sweat on. It will also give you another place outside your home and office to go. Because sometimes the directive to ‘stay indoors’ can cause even the most low-key individuals to go stir-crazy.

Couple in Sauna
Find a sauna where you can relax and get your glow on. Better yet, find one where you and your other half can relax together!

3. Find a Sauna and/or Steam Room

There are certain key elements your body needs to thrive, such as Vitamin B and Vitamin C. However, there are other chemical elements that have no known beneficial effect on the human body, like, arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury have no known beneficial effect in humans.

In fact, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry, these four elements are confirmed or probable carcinogens. Exposure, especially prolonged exposure, can have devastating effects on the nervous, endocrine, renal, musculoskeletal, immunological, and cardiovascular systems.

Smoke inhalation symptoms can have a devastating effect on your quality of life in the present and the future.

Throughout history, sweat has been used as a way to detox and purify the body. And, according to the 2012 review published in Journal of Environmental and Public Health, this long-standing tradition has its merits. Sweat has been shown to help expel toxic chemicals, as they are moved through your arteries and eventually released through your pores.

Working out, as mentioned above, is a great way to induce sweat. Some individuals may also benefit from saunas and steam rooms, which heat the body, inducing sweat.  

Replacing Your Air Filter
Your air filter's job is to filter the air. Unfortunately, when it gets clogged, it can't do it's job.

4. Replace (or Clean) Your Home’s Air Filter

During winter, it’s normal to track an excess amount of dirt and dust in the house. As spring kicks into full-swing pollen is practically unavoidable. Your air filter’s job is to filter those particles from your air, giving you clean breathing space. Unfortunately, once your air filter is full of junk, it has a hard time filtering.

Once fire season hits, the level of particles in the air jumps to an entirely different level. Your air filter has to work on overdrive – even if you are circulating your air. (Circulating your air is a setting on your heating and cooling system. Rather than sucking new air from outside your home and pushing the old stale air from your home, you circulate the same air. This can help cut down on the carcinogens coming into your home.)

By replacing your filter now, you can avoid it getting clogged if fire season really hits.  

Car Air Filter
Considering how much time we spend in our cars, don't you want the air to be clean?

5. Replace Your Car’s Air Filter Too

Like the air filter in your home, the air filter in your car is designed to clean the air as it comes into your car. When it gets clogged, it stops doing its job. Consider how much time you spend in your car. Then consider how much wildfire smoke you’re willing to inhale. Perhaps it’s time to replace that air filter, don’t you think?

6. Start Your Mornings with Warm Lemon Water

A 2008 Japanese study found a link between the polyphenols in lemon and fat blocking enzymes produced by the liver. This is always good news for those who want to keep your weight gain in check.

However, beyond weight gain, lemon water can aid in “digestion and boost your Vitamin C levels,”  says Michele Promaulayko, editor-in-chief of Yahoo Health. By adding a glass of warm lemon water to your morning routine, you can start your day with an immune system boost that can help flush any unwanted toxins from your body.

Tired woman
Stressful days can catch up with us all. Make sure your body has the nutrients it needs to thrive.

7. Know When Your Body Needs a Boost

It’s not uncommon to want to do it all yourself – especially when it comes to your health. However, we all need a little help from time-to-time. This is especially true when you’re dealing with smoke inhalation. The long-term effects can significantly impact your quality of life and even your lifespan if left untreated.

One of the biggest elements of smoke inhalation treatment is to make sure your body is armed with the optimal level of vitamins and nutrients it needs. When you are deleted, restoring these levels with diet alone can be difficult and time-consuming.

Vitamin IV Drip Therapy helps you restore your body’s optimal nutrition levels as quickly as possible. Some patients report feeling better in as little as five minutes after a treatment.

Schedule a consultation to see if IV Drip Therapy could be a helpful treatment for you.

Additional Smoke Inhalation Tips

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How IV Drip Helps with Smoke Detox

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