The wildfires in North GA are an unusual occurrence. There is a drought in our area that is pretty bad. To worsen the situation, the humidity has plummeted to practically nothing the last few weeks. From that recipe, forest fires come easy. And where the fire burns, the smoke grows, and the air turns bad.
Today most of our surrounding area had a code red air quality alert in the morning. It rolled back to a yellow alert by the afternoon, but this kind of air can cause a significant health concern with some populations, but with many populations of healthy people, it can still lead to sickness and oxygen deprivation.
The irritation to the lung lining can easily make you susceptible to common bacteria and viruses living in your system. Just like that, you are fighting something that shouldn’t necessarily have that much impact on the body.
So a few key things to help out… minimize exposure. Do not spend too much time outside right now. Drink lots of water, it will help mucous production to stay normal and keep your lung lining protected.
Furthermore, what about the carryover of this concern to regular, wildfire free life? This time of year tends to be a rough time for many people. The change in temperature from 30 degree mornings to 70 degree afternoons puts the body into a significant state of shock. This is one of the most important pieces of understanding, if you want to make it through the fall without getting ill. The flu runs rampant this time of year, but of course, here, we think the flu shot is horribly useless.
Rather, paying close attention to the irritation you put yourself in front of. Avoiding spending too much time outside in the coldest point as well as the hottest point, will assist the body in maintaining homeostasis, and being ready to fight. Likewise, don’t subject yourself to a stressful environment, then surround yourself with people fighting illness. This was my issue, and I have been fighting a little illness the last few days. Expressing health as I like to call it.
So learn from my mistake, and try to minimize the irritation to your sinuses, your lungs, and your stomach. Eat healthy, and maintain an immune system. Maintenance of the spine, juice plus, vitamin D, omega 3…. all important to maintain health.
Be well and Be blessed! - Dr. E