Lately, the air pollution in our country's capital, DKI Jakarta, becomes the attention of many parties. Once dubbed the city with worst pollution on July 29, 2019 with Air Quality Index (AQI) score of 186, on August 2, 2019, the air in Jakarta was still categorized unhealthy, dubbed as the third worst with Air Quality Index (AQI) score of 155. This becomes an illustration on how difficult the current condition is to get good air quality, in particular by the Jakarta residents.
Then what can we do to deal with the impact of air pollution on our health? Here are some of the things we can do.
- Routinely checking air quality monitor equipment.
Several applications are now available to monitor air quality, one of which is AirVisual. The color and number on the application show the user air quality at a specific time, complete with pollution levels at other times.
Most of us must find it difficult to not run any outdoor activity at all, so what we can do is to regulate it. When we need to run an outdoor activity, such as a physical exercise, choose the time when pollution is not too high.
- Avoid traffic congestion as much as possible.
It has been widely known that one main cause of air pollution is motor vehicle exhaust emission. The more vehicles passing on a specific road, the air pollution level in the surrounding area will certainly get higher.
If the road you are about to take is crowded, take smaller roads or paths. The objective other than avoiding pollution from traffic congestion is to avoid stress from going through dense traffic.
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- Wear a suitable mask.
The majority of masks sold in the market is not 100 percent effective to deal with pollution. One example is the green surgery mask. From tempo.co website, dr Agus Dwi Susanto, the chairman of Indonesian Pulmonologist Association (PDPD), believes that the masks currently available in the market cannot filter super small pollutants.
Other than the green masks, you'd better wear N95 masks. This type of mask is relatively more expensive but is nor effective to filter out dust particles.
- Get some plants
Several plants are quite effective to filter polluted air, such as:
- Mother-in-law's tongue ("sansevieria trifasciata") This plant can absorb various types of pollutants from the air such as carbon monoxide, nicotine, benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and dioxin.
- Aloe Vera This plant can absorb benzene, formaline, and some other chemicals that can contaminate air. This plant also functions at pollution content monitor. High pollutant content near this plan will cause brown spots on the aloe vera leaves.
- Lily flower This flower can filter various pollutants, such as ammonia, benzene, formalin, and trichloroethylene. According to NASA, the best types of lily that can filter pollutant are peace lily, flamingo lily, and lilyturf.
- Improve your eating habit
Most of you might ask, what is the correlation between pollution and eating habit? Can pollution enter the digestive system? Don't get it wrong. Air pollution has the risk of contributing free radicals that trigger various health problems. The prevention is nothing else than antioxidant that we can get from routine consumption of vegetables and fruit.
To get maximum benefit, the vegetables and fruit we consume must the fresh ones. Getting them everyday in fresh condition at a supermarket or traditional market is the best way. However, if you are the one who can only shop for groceries once a week, keep the vegetables and fruit you bought in the Electrolux NutriFresh Inverter refrigerator. This refrigerator can maintain freshness of the fruit and vegetables for 7 days.
By storing the fruit and vegetables in the Electrolux NutriFresh Inverter, as addition to the ability to always consume delicious fresh food, we will also be more prepared to deal with Jakarta air pollution.