The air quality in the Treasure Valley is unhealthy due to dozens of fires in Idaho and surrounding states. With the current pandemic also lingering, it is essential to remind yourself of ways to maintain health. Here are ways Totally Boise recommends staying healthy.
Your Skincare Routine
Vitamin C is a vital serum to add to any skincare routine. Just ask local Boise dermatologist and popular Tik-Tok skin health educator, Dr. Portella of Treasure Valley Dermatology and Skin Care Center. Dr. Portella advises mixing in a high-quality vitamin C serum to your face. Dr. Portella shared that "Environmental toxins and pollution can contribute to premature aging of the skin and even increase your risk of skin cancer" adding, "The antioxidant effects of vitamin c help protect your skin from free radical damage caused by pollution or ultraviolet light". Dr. Portella recommends adding the vitamin c serum to your morning routine before adding sunscreen or makeup.
This may sound like a no-brainer, but drinking water can be one of the best ways to stay healthy and hydrated. Drinking water helps maintain lung and kidney function, among other important health benefits. When your body is hydrated, you are less prone to getting sick and maintaining optimal health.
Try Salt Sanctuary
One of the best things you can do for your lungs right now is going to Salt Sanctuary. The natural ingredient salt is an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antimicrobial agent. Having these excellent characteristics is useful for improving lung function and even sanitization.
While spending time outside isn’t advised, doing some sort of physical activity is encouraged to maintain healthy habits. Many local gyms are open and offering virtual classes to those who want to do home workouts. Even if you don’t have a gym membership, try doing small home workouts to keep the body moving.
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More Indoor Activities
Precautions For People With Allergies and/or Asthma
The Allergy Group suggests that if you have any respiratory issues such as asthma or allergies, staying inside is the best short term option while the smoke clears up.
“Here at The Allergy Group, we keep a close eye on the Air Quality Index and post it on our website for you. If it is in the red zone or above, it is best if you have any asthma or allergy conditions to reduce time outdoors." The Treasure Valley is currently in the red zone labeled unhealthy.
Check the Air Quality Index The Allergy Group
As we enter colder seasons, it’s vital to maintain our health and immune systems. Staying physical (even if it’s indoors), taking care of our skin and respiratory system is key to staying healthy during the fire season.