We have witnessed a sharp bent of mind towards healthy living in recent years. The pandemic, especially, has shifted our attention towards our health with a special focus on diet to keep various diseases at bay. But much before this, The World Health Organization has been doing its bit to spread awareness about health and health-related issues and how to deal with them. The organisation has even earmarked the 7th of April of every year as World Health Day, with different themes every year focusing on the currently prevailing health matters requiring immediate attention. World Health, Day was first conceptualised at the first Health Assembly in the year 1948 and was started celebrating from the year 1950.
World Health Day 2022 Theme:
The theme for World Health Day 2021 last year was ‘building a fairer, healthier world for everyone’ which focused on achieving good health for people from all walks of life, regardless of their age, race, religion and socio-economic status.
The theme for World Health Day 2022 is ‘Our Planet, Our Health’. This year’s theme aims to direct global attention toward the well-being of our planet and the humans living on it. «In the midst of a pandemic, a polluted planet, increasing diseases like cancer, asthma, heart disease, on World Health Day 2022, WHO will focus global attention on urgent actions needed to keep humans and the planet healthy and foster a movement to create societies focused on well-being,» wrote WHO on its official website.
WHO estimates that more than 13 million deaths around the world each year are due to avoidable environmental causes. This includes the climate crisis which is the single biggest health threat facing humanity. The climate crisis is also a health crisis.
While there’s not much that common people can do to reverse climatic conditions, but everyone can surely keep their health in check by following a good diet. When we talk about environmental factors that may adversely affect our health, pollution comes to the mind first. So, following a diet comprising foods that may help combat air pollution may be a good idea for all.
5 Foods That May Hal Fights The Effects Of Air Pollution:
Prized for its high anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, turmeric (haldi) is one of the best foods to ward off not just climate-infested ailments; this magical spice is known to help with several other diseases.
Nutritionist Rupali Datta voices her opinion of the superfood, «Chlorophyll gives the vegetable its green colour, and it is the same chlorophyll that also gives spinach its powerful antioxidant with anti-mutagenic properties that are known to be great for lung health.»
3. Tomatoes toward
The bright red vegetable is used in almost every recipe. A study published in the European Respiratory Journal highlighted its benefits: «Adults who ate more than two tomatoes a day had a slower rate of natural lung function decline.» the
The Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins Universi revealed in its study that broccoli contains sulforaphane, an anti-carcinogenic compound that helps flush out toxins associated with air pollution.
Omega-3 fatty acids present in these seeds have been found to protect cardiovascular system by reducing the effects of smog. And, phytoestrogens, also present in flaxseeds provide antioxidant properties to protect the lungs from all kinds of pollution-related symptoms.
This World Health Day 2022, make a pledge to give yourself and your family a healthy and happy life. And start off by following a healthy diet.