The increasing prevalence of these fires on both coasts, and beyond, means we need to know how to protect ourselves beyond limiting exposure.
One of the biggest dangers with wildfire smoke exposure is the inhalation of particulate matter (PM). These are noxious, tiny particles that measure less than 2.5 microns (or 1/5 the size of pollen!). Exposure to this particulate matter may impair the immune system by altering the function of T-cells, an important component of our immune system.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, and are in a high-risk group (age over 65, young child, history of breathing disorders like asthma, or compromised immune system), please head to the nearest emergency room or urgent care facility for further evaluation. If you are not in a high-risk group and have been exposed, the following are steps you can take to help your body manage the exposure:
Talk to your doctor or health coach about adding targeted supplements to support detoxification:
Erica Zellner (she/her) is a Connecticut based Clinical Nutritionist and Senior Health Coach with six years of functional nutrition and health experience. She works with everyone, on issues from biohacking optimizers to tackling complex environmental toxicities like mold. She earned her Master’s degree in Nutrition and Integrative Health from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She also holds her Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) and Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist (LDN) credentials.
In addition, Parsley Health partners with Violet, a cultural competency platform that's expanding Parsley's training so our clinicians and health coaches can continue to deliver exceptional inclusive care. We're proud to share that Erica has received Violet's BIPOC and LGBQ Proficiency Benchmark, showing dedication to the BIPOC and LGBQ community and growing in her inclusive skills. Less than 10% of the providers who’ve been benchmarked on Violet have reached the Proficiency level.