Fire combustion uses up oxygen in the atmosphere while simultaneously releasing carbon monoxide from unnatural substances caught in the path of the fire creating a toxic smoke. Smoke inhalation can have obvious impacts such as chemical irritation to the upper respiratory tract causing an itchy/sore throat, coughing, tight chest etc. Oxygen is used to convert our food into energy, which is needed to perform nearly every function in our body from muscle contraction to brain activity. When we don’t have enough oxygen our body is put under stress & has to work harder to perform basic anatomical tasks, this can lead to fatigue, depression & a suppressed immune system. Smoke inhalation may make you feel like you have flu symptoms, this is your immune system processing the toxins & you need to rest & self care as if you did have the flu. When there is a higher level of carbon monoxide in the air it replaces the place that oxygen takes in our blood & cells leading to inflammation, especially of the brain & heart which can cause a head ache, heavy chest, nausea & even vomiting. Here are some tips, broken down elementally, for how to support your body before, during & after smoke inhalation.

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