Smoke and pollution

Melbourne like many parts of Australia is experiencing poor air quality.

Here are a couple of simple natural remedies you can use to help alleviate the discomfort associated with this and to begin to support the delicate tissue found in your upper respiratory system.


Fresh pineapple – pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain, which has been shown to reduce inflammation in the upper respiratory system.

• Add pineapple to salads, slice it up for a snack, drink pineapple juice, add it to a smoothie.


Antioxidants – may assist in removing toxins from your body. Many fruits and vegetables a rich in antioxidants so eat a rainbow. The most commonly available antioxidant is vitamin C supplementation is also very affordable. Vitamin C is quite special in that it supports other antioxidants produced within your body.

• Foods high in vitamin C – kiwi fruit, black currants, citrus, broccoli, brussels sprouts. Vitamin C is heat sensitive so these foods would be best eaten raw.


Drink plenty of water – water is used by the body to help clear out toxins and waste.


If your exposure is more chronic in nature and you require more comprehensive individualised advice please do not hesitate to reach out and ask for support.


Understanding smoke – smoke is more than just ash it is a combination of many elements a number of which are toxic. The composition of the smoke you are exposed to is dependant on the fuel source. There are also the particles, which you can see in the air, the larger particles irritate your eyes, and throat and the finer particles can be carried deep into the lungs all of which cause irritation and inflammation. This then increases the amount of work your body has to do to maintain your health and wellbeing.


Another thing that happens when we smell smoke comes from a place deep within our brains. It is a part of our caveman roots, which lets us know that danger is near. Subconsciously most of us go into a state of alert when we detect smoke in the air. You may have noticed this reaction in your pets also.

This subconscious reaction is adding to our already stressed and emotional state. I mention this because being aware of your stress levels and working to calm your mind and body frequently will help in all areas of your life. It allows us to be tolerant of others, to make better decisions and to protect our long-term mental health and wellness.

This advice is general in nature anyone reading this should take their own personal circumstances into consideration. Only implement the advice given if it is safe for you to do so.


© 2017 by Swinburne University of Technology. 

Melbourne, Australia.

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