The skies in Korea have been blanketed by a toxic haze containing ultra-fine dust particles recently, and people are reportedly consuming more samgyeopsal or Korean-style bacon, as it is believed to mitigate the adverse effects of the dust on the respiratory system.
But while pork belly may work well against sandstorms, which hit the nation in the early spring every year, experts say it does not do much against ultra-fine particles as its high fat content helps the body absorb the harmful substances in them.
The best tonic against the fine particles may in fact be lots of water, as the mucous membranes in the body’s bronchial tubes can best protect the lungs when they are well hydrated.
Eating seaweed is also beneficial in assisting with the discharge of heavy metals from the body after they are inhaled.
Pears are also recommended as they can sooth inflammation in the lungs, especially for those who are exposed to ultra-fine particles for a long time. Garlic strengthens the immune system, and ginger can relieve build-ups of mucus and reduce coughing.