Collection: California Fire/Smoke Lung Support

Stay Safe and Healthy During Wild Fires

The wildfires in California and the Mountain West area are a major concern for all of us. The loss of lives and property will affect many in the western states and our hearts go out to all those affected.

During this time of poor air quality, it is important to be preventative about lung damage, especially for those with allergies, asthma and pre-existing respiratory disease. You do not need to have pre-existing breathing problems to have lung damage. Breathing smoke for three or four months during fire season will do the same.

Wildfire smoke is a combination of particles and gases, both of which can cause irritation and damage to sensitive mucosa in the lungs.  The damage occurs via oxidative stress, so eating nutritious food and taking antioxidant supplements can counter the negative effects.

SUPPLEMENTS:

Vitamin C: Smoke causes inflammation via oxidative damage so antioxidants will be very helpful during this time. One of our best antioxidants is Vitamin C. You can increase your dose up to bowel tolerance (too much will cause loose stools). Recommended: 3000 to 6000mg/day in divided doses.

Vitamin D3: Supporting the immune system with vitamin D is especially important when dealing with smoke inhalation, especially those who have been diagnosed with a deficiency. Recommended: 5,000 to 10,000 iu/day with meals

Respiratory System Pack: Recommended Use - Take the contents of one AM packet with breakfast; take the contents of one PM packet with your evening meal. Follow this pattern for 30 days.

These can be purchased separately.

  • Lung Support TCM: acts as a tonic to moisten and nourish the tissues of the respiratory tract, particularly the lungs.
  • Bronchial Formula: is designed to nourish the lungs and bronchi and to offer general protection to the respiratory tract.
  • ALJ: helps to soothe tissues. It supports healthy lung function, especially during fire season.

 Glutathione: Liposomal glutathione can detoxify acetaldehyde and other toxins found in smoke and has great potential benefit to preventing damage from smoke inhalation. Recommended: Alpha Lipoic Acid (#1505) Take 1 capsule with a meal twice daily.

HistaBlock: Respiratory system support for healthy airway passages. Quercetin may reduce the symptoms caused by seasonal irritants and pollutants.

N-acetyl cysteine (NAC): is a precursor to glutathione and can be used if glutathione is not available as a supplement. NAC is a powerful mucolytic, breaking down and eliminating accumulated mucus from the lungs. In addition to facilitating breathing, toxins and germs threatening the lungs are also removed. People with various lung disorders such as bronchitis, asthma, and emphysema may greatly benefit from NAC. Recommended: 600mg three times/day.

Lymphomax: contains several herbals, including chamomile flowers and echinacea root that have been traditionally used to support the respiratory and lymphatic system to clear toxins from the body. Recommended Use - Take two capsules with breakfast and two capsules with lunch daily.

Breathe Deep Essential Oil Blend: Diffuse at night for relaxation or dilute and apply to the chest.

Benefits:

  • Use Diffuse to moisten, soothe and relax the lung tissue.3.
  • Dilute with Carrier or Massage Oil and apply to chest

How Close You Need to Be to Wildfire Smoke for It to Affect You

Wildfires not only leave a trail of physical destruction, but they also generate a wave of health problems as harmful particulate matter and toxic gases are carried through the air, often hundreds of miles from the fire itself, according to a fact sheet from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Symptoms You Might Experience From Wildfire Smoke and Who Is at Heightened Risk

Wildfire smoke can cause irritation and inflammation from small-particle lung pollution, and symptoms include shortness of breath, watery eyes, a bit of a sore throat, coughing, or a burning sensation in the nose.

“What this means is that allergens, pollutants, and irritants that normally cannot get deep into your lungs can aerosolize into smaller particles because of smoke and lodge deep into the lung tissue, causing inflammation, which then may cause cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, and trouble breathing

Here's a quick list of tips that can be helpful while the air is polluted by smoke. It is likely you have some or all of these in your home supplement stash...

DIET:

Fire Season occurs in the Autumn, which is the season for gathering nature’s products. Luckily, the cooler temperatures bring a whole slew of seasonal goodies to cook with, from crisp apples and juicy pears to hearty greens, sweet root vegetables, and sturdy winter squash. Fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains are all abundant; for example citrus fruits, grapes, apples, pears, tomatoes, walnuts, sunflower seeds.

This is an important time to choose high quality whole foods. Nutrient-dense foods such as brightly colored fruits and vegetables will provide a mixture of natural antioxidants. Foods containing flavonoids have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory features that may provide additional lung protection.  These foods include: strawberries, green tea, black tea, brussels sprouts, beans, onions and apples.

Use a Saline Nasal Spray

It’s easy for smoke exposure to cause irritated sinuses, irritation to the eyes, and shortness of breath. A saline nasal spray can help you moisten and soothe the inside of your nose. This can promote the expulsion of foreign matter and provide immediate relief.

ADDITIONAL TIPS:

Remain indoors, close all windows and minimize duration and intensity of outdoor activities.

HEPA filters or even air conditioners with filters and recirculating air can help cut down on particulate matter in the air indoors. Do NOT use an air conditioner if it does not have air filters or it will only suck in smoke and make breathing conditions worse.

Use an N95 particulate mask respirator when outside for an extended period of time, especially if you have cardio-pulmonary problems.  

Stay hydrated.

Avoid unnecessarily exerting yourself. Heavy breathing means you’re going to inhale more smoke.

Be especially conscious of breathing conditions for children, pregnant women, elderly and those with pre-existing heart or lung problems.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns or would like to schedule an appointment, please call 530-615-4083 or email dpeterson@stlwa.com

We look forward to seeing you soon.

With our Best Wishes for All to Be and Stay Well...

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