Wildfire season has arrived in Central Oregon and many other regions across North America. Those smoky, hazy days can have a significant impact on our health. If you’re feeling a little off this time of year, keep in mind that smoke exposure may be playing a role. Read on for our best tips and tricks to keep yourself healthy during wildfire season.
And remember, this is a season and it WILL pass. Take care of yourself, make time for love and laughter every day, and take actions to stay well!
Wildfire smoke contains a complex mixture of harmful pollutants, including particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10), carbon monoxide (CO), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and other toxic gases. These pollutants can affect air quality and have various health implications.
Symptoms of Wildfire Smoke Inhalation can include:
- Throat irritation
- Eye irritation
- Sneezing & Wheezing
- Runny nose
- Chest discomfort
- Shortness of breath
Tips & Tricks for Wildfire Smoke Exposure
1. First and foremost – listen to your body! If you’re feeling unwell, take it easy, prioritize self-care and take steps to reduce smoke exposure.
2. Limit your time outdoors and keep windows and doors closed to reduce smoke infiltration into your home. If you are in your vehicle, keep the windows closed and set the air system to “re-circulate.”
3. Use an Air Purifier like Molekule. These air purifiers use patented technology to break down bacteria, viruses, mold, allergens and filter out all airborne pollen and pathogens. Use THIS MOLEKULE LINK for exclusive patient pricing on both the Air Mini+ and the Air Pro! (Select Dr. Dishman from the dropdown menu).
4. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water (more than usual!) to help flush out toxins from your body.
5. Consume a nutritious, anti-inflammatory diet rich in antioxidants (e.g., fruits, vegetables) to support your immune system and combat oxidative stress caused by smoke exposure.
6. Practice stress-reducing activities such as meditation, yoga, or journaling to promote mental and emotional well-being.
7. Diffuse essential oils like Eucalyptus, Rosemary Lavender, Tea Tree, or DoTerra’s Breathe Respiratory Blend.
Extra Tip: We love a good Breathe Oil steam shower: Plug the drain. Add 6 drops of the oil to a few inches of water in the bottom of the shower or wipe on shower wall. Turn the shower on and let the bathroom get hot and steamy. Stand in the shower and let your sinuses OPEN!
The Best Supplements to Optimize your Health during Wildfire Season
NAC: N-Acetyl Cysteine is a powerhouse amino acid derivative antioxidant, specific to breaking down phlegm, sinus congestion and assisting the body’s natural detoxification abilities.
Natural D-Hist: is a targeted blend of flavonoids, antioxidants, proteolytic enzymes and botanicals designed to provide comprehensive support for seasonal challenges caused by common environmental allergens. The formula includes quercetin, bromelain, stinging nettles leaf, and N-acetyl cysteine. The powerful combination actively promotes healthy nasal and sinus passages for individuals with elevated histamine and respiratory irritation.
Ion Sinus Support: Our patients swear by this for their seasonal allergies and it’s equally as effective for symptoms of smoke inhalation. This creates a soothing and hydrating barrier within your sinuses.
D-Hist Jr: this is the kids version of Natural D-Hist! This yummy chewable version is great for the little sneezy kiddos in your life.
Maintains clear airways and breathing and supports overall respiratory health.