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Three health tips to protect yourself from effects of volcanic ash

Jessicha Valentina
Jessicha Valentina

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Wed, December 13, 2017 | 10:32 am
Three health tips to protect yourself from effects of volcanic ash

Tephra is said to be toxic when inhaled and may cause health issues, such as runny nose, coughing and wheezing, among others. (AFP/Sonny Tumbelaka)

Mount Agung in Karangasem, Bali, spewed ash on Tuesday, according to kompas.com.

Sarah Newland, director of nutrition at Bali-based antiaging health clinic Eden Life Centers, said in a press release that tephra, more commonly known as volcanic ash, is a particle produced when dissolved gases expand in volcanic magma.

Tephra is said to be toxic when inhaled and may cause health issues, such as runny nose, coughing and wheezing, among others.

In addition to wearing dust masks and staying away from areas that may be affected by the eruption, Newland suggested three health tips to protect your body from the effects of volcanic ash.

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Consume coriander, eggs

Newland suggested consuming coriander and eggs, if you find yourself affected by volcanic ash.

Coriander is said to be a natural chelating agent, helping to carry heavy metals out of the body. Meanwhile, eggs contain amino acids that may help with liver detoxification.

Drink tea

Newland also recommended drinking tea, namely nettle tea and oregano leaf tea.

The former is said to help kidneys flush out toxins. Meanwhile, oregano leaf tea is believed to reduce lung congestion and clear impurities in the respiratory tract.

Consume seaweed

Seaweed is among the recommended foods to protect the body from impacts of volcanic ash. The ingredient is said to bind to heavy metals and remove them from the body. (kes)

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