We at Renū hope you are staying safe with all the fires and smoke.
This is definitely a stressful time in an already stressful year for many people. It is normal to feel anxious and overwhelmed when your routine and social network are disrupted. You may also be feeling concern, hopelessness, or depressed. If you feel like it is unbearable please know you are not alone, and it is okay to seek professional help to cope with uncomfortable feelings.
Smoke has been in extremely hazardous levels. Smoke can contain many toxic substances depending on what is burning. Currently both towns and forests are burning. This means that aside from carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and soot typically found from a forest fire, you are also being exposed to toxic substances that can negatively impact your health and wellbeing. To stay safe in hazardous smoke conditions:
- It is important that you and your family (including pets) stay inside, keep your windows closed.
- Run HEPA filters (MERV rating 11 or higher- graded to remove smoke) in your house 24/7 to remove smoke particulate. Make sure you are running a filter in your bedroom while you sleep, especially in children’s rooms. (Check out this for a DIY box filter hack).
- While we often promote physical activity for your health, breathing in toxic smoke can be damaging. Exercise increases your demand for oxygen. We advise you not to exercise outdoors and know your limits if you choose to exercise indoors. Consider yoga or gentle movement as your form of physical activity.
- If you must go outside wear a respirator mask and at the very least an N95 with a vent.
- Avoid walking your dogs outside.
- If you are driving, continue to wear a mask and set your air intake to recirculation.
Common symptoms associated with prolonged smoke inhalation:
- Shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing
- Headache, dizziness
- Eye, Nose, Throat irritation
- Rapid heartbeat
- If you have lung or heart problems then your symptoms can be exacerbated: like asthma, chest pain.
- Anxiety and depression (both emotional and triggered from lower oxygen)
To help soothe your nervous system it is important to maintain a routine the best you can. We know it is disrupted at this time and it may be difficult to concentrate. Focus on regular meals, regular sleep and wake times, focus on excellent sleep hygiene, engage in calming and uplifting forms of entertainment. Drink plenty of water and take your B-vitamins. If you have herbs to support your nervous system, now is a great time to use those.
You may feel inclined to travel to better air quality. I wish! The wind keep changing and the smoke pattern is moving. It is likely best for you to stay put (unless you are threatened by fire or have fire very close). Here are some links to help you gauge air quality and smoke maps:
During this acute time we all just have to deal. But beyond the smoke, we at Renū Progressive Medicine can help you nourish your adrenals, calm your nervous system, reduce your inflammation and help your body to detoxify. After this summer (or after 2020 period) we are all going to need a little TLC.
If you are needing some support please give us a call at 800-277-0117 or schedule online.
We are here to help you get the support you need to mitigate symptoms you are experiencing and also help to restore you to excellent health. We hope to see you soon. Be safe.
P.S. Unfortunately this is not our first fire nor will it be our last. Be prepared. For a quality room purifier We recommend IQ Air: https://www.iqair.com/us/room-air-purifiers/gc-multigas.