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  • Writer's pictureDr Felecia Sumner

Shield Your Lungs: Strategies for Detoxing from Smoke Exposure


As the smoke hopefully clears from the devastating wildfires, it's crucial to consider the impact of smoke particles on our respiratory health. Prolonged smoke exposure can trigger a range of uncomfortable symptoms, including sinus irritation, sore throat, coughs, headaches, and shortness of breath. It may also exacerbate conditions such as asthma and COPD and render your immune system more susceptible to illnesses like COVID-19, flu, and pneumonia.


Particularly concerning are microscopic particles, 2.5 microns or smaller, invisible to the naked eye. These particles pose a significant health risk, capable of causing lung damage when inhaled.


However, there are several ways to protect your lungs from such damage and detox your system after wildfire smoke inhalation:

  1. Hydrate: Drink plenty of water - it's thought to help flush out trapped particles from your system. Aim for 10 to 14 8-ounce glasses per day, especially if detoxing. Bonus tip: Try a hot drink made from steeping Slippery Elm and Marshmallow Root in hot water for added immune support.

  2. Use Saline Nasal Spray: To soothe and moisten the inside of your nose, saline nasal spray can be a helpful aid. It's safe for all ages and an effective treatment for sinus congestion year-round.

  3. Utilize a Neti Pot for Sinus Rinse: This can help remove trapped pollutants in your nasal passage. Just ensure the water is boiled first and then cooled to a warm temperature.

  4. Inhale Thyme-infused Steam: Thyme has various benefits, including its antimicrobial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. Inhaling thyme-infused steam can help clear your passageways and reduce sinus irritation.

  5. Consume Antioxidants: Antioxidants can prevent or slow damage to cells caused by free radicals - waste substances produced by cells when the body processes food and reacts to the environment. Include antioxidant-rich foods like brightly colored fruits and vegetables in your diet.

  6. Include Ginger in Your Diet: Ginger is a natural detoxifier that helps the lungs function and improves blood circulation.

  7. Boost Your Vitamin C Intake:,Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant. Citrus fruits are the best sources of this vital vitamin.

  8. Elevate Your Glutathione Levels: Glutathione is a natural antioxidant, believed to support cellular energy production and protect your DNA from oxidative damage.

  9. Avoid Additional Exposures: Allow your respiratory system time to heal by avoiding exposure to paints, nail polish, tobacco and marijuana smoke, chemical cleaning agents, hairsprays, and spray sunscreens.

  10. Engage in Physical Activity: Regular exercise aids in pulmonary hygiene and respiratory health—provided you're exercising in good air quality.

  11. Practice Pulmonary Hygiene: This involves exercises and procedures that help clear your airways of mucus and other secretions, ensuring that your lungs get enough oxygen and your respiratory system works efficiently.

  12. Smoke-proof Your Home: Use fans with a filter, close off vents to the fireplace, and seal doors or windows where smoke may be getting in.

  13. Wear an N95 Mask: Wear this mask outside and while driving in your car when the air quality is unhealthy or worse.

  14. Support Your Immune System: Stay ahead of germs by boosting your immunity. You can achieve this through immunizations for flu, pneumonia, and pertussis, or through immune-boosting supplements.

  15. Use a Diffuser or Humidifier: Diffusing or boiling water with certain essential oils like lavender, rosemary, cedar, thyme, or eucalyptus can help neutralize odors and potentially decrease particulate matter by attracting smoke particles to the oils and water. Additionally, maintaining humidity in the air is vital to keep your respiratory tissues healthy and less prone to infection.


**Bonus Tip**: Add plants to your living and working spaces! Plants are nature's incredible air purifiers, and they can also help reduce anxiety.


As every individual has unique detoxing capabilities, understanding your own can be the secret to building optimal health. At Synergize Direct Primary Care, we provide genetic testing and interpretation to offer you unparalleled insights into this and so much more. Don't leave your health to chance; take proactive measures today!


To explore more about your detox capacities and how to enhance your wellness, book your personalized strategy session with us today.

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