Don't let the Vog get you down - Drink tea and be happy.

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Don't let the Vog get you down - Drink tea and be happy.


Vog is Air Pollution produced by Volcanic activity. Volcanos can produce gases and acidic aerosols that contain Hydrogen Sulfides and acid forming Sulfur compounds. The Big Island is an active volcano. Different phases of volcanic activity cause changing air quality. Currently, Pu’u O’o and Kilauea are emmiting between 2,000 and 4,000 tons of SO2 per day.

 


For some people Vog is a serious health challenge. Individuals may have a wide range of sensitivity to VOG. Exposure to Vog reduces the bodies natural abilities to expel toxins and it is important to reduce the exposure to other pollution sources such as burning rubbish, cigarette smoke and avoid over exertion during periods of exposure to Vog.

 


Drink lots of fluids. Having plenty of water allows your body to clear the particles from your lungs, loosen mucus, and flush the inhaled sulfur compounds from your body.Hot tea may be especially good. Caffeinated teas contain theophyliine - a bronchial dilator. A Vog Tea made specifically for relieving symptoms of Vog contains Hawaiian Mamaki, Ko'oko'olau, Liko Lehua, Lau-Kahi, Ha'uoi, and 'Awa. Teas made with Hawaiian ginger, turmeric, lemongrass and honey are healthy and extremely healing.

 


Crush fragrant fresh herbs like Thyme, Oregano, Basil, Bay or Orange peel for a quick pick up. Quality aromatherapy products can expand bronchial capacity. Look for Eucalyptus, Camphor, Peppermint, Wintergreen. Improve your digestion with probiotics. Make a green smoothie to boost your immune system, help your liver detox, and fuel your body with easily digestible vitimins and minerals. Avoid processed foods and fats.


Foods To Avoid: During heavy vog periods people should pay particular attention to removing excess sulfur content from their daily routines. This includes all foods which contain various forms of sulfur. Processed foods with sulfur additives as preservatives : Sulfur Dioxide, Sodium Sulfite, Sodium Bisulfate, Potassium Bisulfate, Alcoholic beverages containing sulfites, Dried (non-organic) fruits. Dairy products increase mucus in the body.

 

Foods To Include Or Increase Intake: Choose foods for the protective and purifying qualities for the lungs, liver, kidney and spleen. Pungent foods are known for their 'purifying/detoxing' effects, while protective foods rich in antioxidant and beta-carotene contents protect the surfaces and mucous membranes of the body while bolstering the body's immune system. Pungent Foods: Cabbage, Hot Peppers and Chiles, Daikon, Onion, Garlic, Radish, Ginger, Turnip, Horseradish, peppercorn. Protective Foods: apple, pear, broccoli, parsley, carrot, pumpkin, watercress, kale, wheat or barley grass, winter squash, mustard greens, algae (green, blue-green, and golden)


Don't overexert yourself when VOG levels are high. Relax. As Vog seems to worsen during the day, it is best to do yard work or excercise earlier in the day. If practical, avoid high VOG areas during times of thick VOG. Avoid exposure to other air pollutants on the job and at home. Don't smoke and avoid people smoking or burning things, especially during VOG episodes.


When VOG is strong, avoid exposure to colds, flu, molds, mildew, pollen, and dust. (Some of the lung clearance and immune functions could be compromised by high VOG.)
For very high VOG, stay indoors, close the windows, and run an air purifier or air conditioner. Indoor plants (especially spider plants) may help clean the air. A local remedy includes hanging up sheets that have been soaked In a mixture of one teaspoon of baking soda to one liter of water (which can help trap acid aerosols and gases.)