6 ways to stay healthy during haze season

While haze seems pretty harmless by and large, it is still advisable to take precautions. 

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The Kuala Lumpur skyline is seen shrouded in haze © 123rf

There’s no better way to say this, but the haze is back, and this time it looks like it’s going to stay for quite some time. 

During this period, it’s crucial for everyone to avoid exposure to the polluted air – that means you should try to stay indoors and only go out if you must. Breathing in polluted air can cause several health problems like irritation to the eyes, nose and throat. Prolonged exposure can even cause respiratory illness. 

While we can’t give you the answer to when the haze will end, but we can provide tips to help you stay in the pink of health. Here are things you can do to beat the haze. 

1. Wear N95 mask

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Wear N95 mask for full protection © 123rf

One of the easiest ways to protect yourself from air contaminants is to wear a mask. But not just any mask, the Ministry of Health recommends the public to use the N95 respirators as they’re designed to cover the nose and mouth and helps protect you from breathing in hazardous air. They’re widely available at any major pharmacies and supermarkets, so stock up and start wearing them if you’re going outdoors. 

2. Stay indoors

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Stay clear of the outdoor during the haze period © 123rf

With the air quality in Malaysia hitting an all-time low, it’s advisable to avoid going outdoors as the air is not suitable for breathing. It’s especially important to steer clear of any outdoor activities and events, and organise sporting events or meetings in an indoor venue instead. Only go out if it’s necessary. 

3. Invest in an air purifier

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Haze or not, it’s always good to have an air purifier at home © 123rf

Just because you’re staying home doesn’t mean the air at home is clean. An easy way to ensure that you’re breathing in clean air is to have an air purifier at home. It helps to filter airborne particles like dust, pollen and bacteria while circulating clean, purified air back into the environment.

4. Stay hydrated

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Improve your immune system by drinking lots of water © 123rf

It’s important to increase water intake during the hazy season as it helps your body to flush out toxins absorbed through the skin and lungs, and thus improving your immune system. Aside from water, you should also consume more fresh fruits and vegetables as they have high water content. Ice cream works too for when you need a little pick-me-up. 

5. Keep your home clean and dust-free

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When cleaning, remember to clean the highest surfaces first and work your way down, so you capture any dust you missed. © 123rf

Keeping up with daily housekeeping can be a daunting task, but it’s good for your overall health, especially in times like these. Give your home a good wipe down if it’s been a while because the last thing you want is to go back to a dusty home. So go on and take the vacuum cleaner out.

6. Get a pot of air-purifying plant

Spider plant produces oxygen whilst purifying the air in your home by absorbing carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and xylene © 123rf

Indoor plants are not just aesthetically pleasing to the eye, some plants also bring health benefits to us. Air purifying plants like aloe vera, spider plant and peace lily can purify the air. Not to mention, they’re also a lot cheaper to get if an air purifier is out of your budget. These plants are also easy to care for, only a minimal amount of attention is needed to keep them alive and thrive. 

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