Drinks/meals to help soothe you after heavy tear gas exposure

• Antioxidant-rich meals and drinks greatly help give your body fuel to bounce back after being exposed to high quantities of tear gas

Honey water
Honey water
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Navigating the aftermath of tear gas exposure can be challenging, especially if it's your first time or you've been exposed for long hours.

If you've been in the thick of a demonstration, braving the stinging cloud of tear gas, you know the aftermath is no joke.

Besides the constricted itchy throat and teary eyes which develop soreness afterwards your body itself also begins to shut down due to the effects of the smoke.

However, with the right foods and drinks, you can support your body’s natural healing process.

At the heat of things, rinsing eyes, changing clothes, and finding fresh air are key helping points but what you consume afterward will also significantly impact your recovery.

Here’s a guide to suitable antioxidant-rich meals and drinks to help you bounce back after being exposed to high quantities of tear gas, giving your body the fuel it needs:

Drinks for your recovery:

Water – Tear gas can leave you feeling dehydrated, so water is your first line of defense.  Add a slice of lemon or cucumber for an extra refreshing kick and a dose of vitamins.

Green/ Moringa Tea – Packed with antioxidants, these teas helps combat oxidative stress caused by tear gas exposure. Enjoy it warm to soothe your throat, or iced if you need to cool down after a heated encounter.

Honey Lemon Ginger Tea – Honey is antibacterial, lemon is detoxifying, and ginger reduces inflammation. - Sip slowly to allow the honey to coat your throat and the ginger to work its magic.

Coconut Water – The Natural Electrolyte replenishes lost electrolytes and hydrates more effectively than plain water. Opt for unsweetened varieties to avoid unnecessary sugar intake.

Meals That Mend:

Oatmeal with Berries and Nuts - Oats are gentle on the stomach and rich in fiber, while berries and nuts provide antioxidants and healthy fats. Drizzle with honey for an added anti-inflammatory boost.

Uji with Honey - Uji (porridge) made from millet or sorghum is gentle on the stomach and rich in nutrients.

Chicken Soup – Warm broth can help clear mucus, while chicken and vegetables provide essential nutrients. Add extra garlic and ginger to enhance its immune-boosting properties.

Salmon/ fish Salad - Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, salmon reduces inflammation and supports respiratory health. - Combine with leafy greens, avocado, and a light vinaigrette for a nutritious, healing meal.

Turmeric Golden Milk- Turmeric contains curcumin, a powerful anti-inflammatory compound. - Prepare with coconut milk and a pinch of black pepper to enhance absorption.

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