Dry. Brittle. Hot. Tragically, the Pacific Northwest has erupted into flames.
It’s been really heartbreaking to think of the scope of destruction and damage that has been inflicted upon our beautiful Mother Earth. I’m so aware that what it will take for the restoration of the beautiful forests that have been burned to the ground is something that I won’t see in my lifetime. It's tragic and sad!
Air quality, due to the wildfires, is at an all-time low
And, did you know that the resulting smoke that lingers in the air we breathe is a combination of burned particles and gases? These burned particles and gases not only irritate our eyes and fill our lungs, but they actually cause oxidative damage to our fragile tissues and cells, creating inflammation and setting the stage to trigger extreme immune responses as our bodies try to protect us. Yes, smoke in the air damages you and me at the cellular level due to oxidative stress and damage.
Immune responses and oxidative stress/damage may show up symptomatically as coughing and wheezing, dry mouth, scratchy or a sore throat, stinging of eyes and throat, headaches, bronchial irritation, respiratory fatigue, and asthma attacks (to name a few). If you’ve had any of these symptoms, you know how bad it can be.
Besides staying indoors, making sure there are HEPA filters on your AC units, and wearing dust masks when you go out (which still don’t protect against the gases), here are a few things you can do to support your body and your health.
Refrain from starting more fires such as barbeques, fire pits, candles and even burning incense.
Drink plenty of water! Hydration is key. Try infusing water with fresh berries, lemon, or cucumbers and mint leaves for tasty options.
Take the right supplements! Support your body at the cellular level with Antioxidants.
Increase your Vitamin C intake – Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant. Fresh fruits and vegetables such as red peppers, oranges, grapefruit, broccoli are good sources of dietary vitamin C. If you are supplementing with Vitamin C make sure you use a natural form from Acerola, or Camu Camu. (Camu Camu has the highest vitamin C levels of all plants). Vitamin C, even in small amounts has been shown to protect important molecules such as your DNA and RNA from exposure to toxins and pollutants - in this case, think smoke from wildfires.
Increase your Glutatione levels – Glutathione is the body’s master antioxidant. Glutathione Therapy+ is a liposomal form of glutathione (the form necessary for maximum absorption), which aids the body in reducing cellular oxidation, and it also supports detoxification. This formulation is combined with CoQ10 which supports the production of ATP (cellular energy) so your cells have the energy they need repair and work better, and PQQ which protects your DNA from oxidative damage (like smoke from forest fires), and helps birth new mitochondria which are the powerhouses and life of your cells. This is one of the most important things you can do!
- Lastly, include teas of Slippery Elm and Marshmallow Root. These will support, moisten, and relax the fragile tissues in your mouth and throat and lungs.