New Delhi: The air quality in the national capital dropped to ‘severe’ category on Thursday after about a month of seeing some improvement. On Thursday, the overall Air Quality Index (AQI) shot up to 469 from 359 on Wednesday – – an AQI value above 400 on a scale of 0 – 500 is interpreted as ‘severe’ pollution.
Although experts say conditions are likely to improve in the coming days, pollution levels were found to be still in ‘severe’ zone on Friday morning, with the AQI reaching a dangerous level of 418 at around 8 a.m. Read: Delhi pollution – How air pollutants like CO, NO2 and SO2 affect your body
Considering the fact that air pollution can cause several ailments, ranging from premature birth to a decrease in lung immunity, it’s important to focus on a diet consisting of foods that can help improve your lung health as well as overcome various health problems caused by pollution. Including lung-cleansing foods in your diet is one of the best ways to keep these vital organs going strong for life.
Tomatoes, apples may help keep your lungs young
According to a study published in the European Respiratory Journal, adults who eat tomatoes and fruits, particularly apples, have a slower rate of natural lung function decline over the course of ten years, suggesting that these foods might share certain nutrients that boost health. Tomatoes contain certain nutrients that are known to boost health in a number of ways, including the lungs.
The study found that a diet rich in fruits can slow down the lung’s natural ageing process even in smokers. Read: Here are five ways to detoxify your lungs naturally
The researchers added that people who ate more than two tomatoes a day had a slower rate of natural lung function decline, with ex-smokers seeming to benefit most of all. Similar benefits, they said, were observed for people who ate more than three portions of fresh fruit a day, especially apples.
“This study shows that diet might help repair lung damage in people who have stopped smoking,” study co-author Vanessa Garcia-Larsen of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore said in a statement.
“It also suggests that a diet rich in fruits can slow down the lung’s natural ageing process even if you have never smoked.”
In the study, the researchers analysed data from 680 people in Germany, England and Norway who signed up for a health survey in 2002.
The study found that the rate of lung decline, which happens normally in people from about the age of 30, was slower in those who ate more tomatoes and other fruit.
Among former smokers, the link was “even more striking,” implying their diet was helping to repair the damage done by tobacco, the team said.