There may be clear skies for now but with forest fires still burning in neighbouring countries, it’s only a matter of time before the haze returns to our shores.
Short-term effects of the haze can cause the following symptoms:
- Irritated eyes, watery eyes, conjunctivitis
- Running nose, stuffy nose, sneezing, post-nasal drip
- Throat irritation, dry throat, sore throat or coughing
- Headaches, dizziness and fatigue
But while these symptoms can range from fairly mild to somewhat serious, the long-term effects of haze cannot be measured so easily and tiny particles in the air could be causing damage that may last into our older years.
As much as 94 percent of the particles in a haze are under 2.5 micrometers in diameter, which are easily inhaled by animals and humans alike.
The good news is that you can boost your immunity against the haze with the foods you choose to eat. These five foods, which are rich in nutrients and antioxidants, will bolster your immune system to protect you from the ill effects of the haze:
(Related: How To Protect Your Child From the Haze)