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9 Best Foods to Ease Your Cough and Cold

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Winter is coming!

A cozy room, warm blankets, a cup of hot chocolate, and pleasant music is the ideal way to enjoy this season. Winter is a beautiful season unless you suffer from some cough and cold. 

Cough and cold can frustrating and debilitating, especially if you cannot control the bouts of cough. It is normal to clear your throat when you feel something stuck in your throat, but if it is severe, then you might going to suffer from a cough later. During winter, you are more prone to infections because of weakened immunity. 

What is the cough?

Cough is a body’s natural response that clears your throat from mucus or foreign irritants, and it might cause when some food blocks your airways. Cough can be acute or chronic. Acute cough lasts for less than three weeks, and chronic cough lasts over eight weeks.

What are the causes of a cough?

There are several reasons for cough, and it can be temporary and permanent. Some common causes of cough are as follows –

  • Infections–bacterial or viral
  • Smoking
  • Asthma and allergies 
  • Foreign particles or irritants 
  • Drug-induced cough–Lisinopril and Enalapril 

What are the types of cough?

There are many types of cough, depending on their underlying cause, but commonly we divide it –

  • Dry cough-A dry cough doesn’t bring up mucus, and it can cause because of common cold and flu.
  • Wet or productive cough-There is a productive cough that helps to push mucus out of your respiratory system. Some acute or chronic infections can cause a wet cough.

If you have a wet cough, you don’t want to suppress it as the infected mucus should drain out, but you want to ease your dry cough because it is exhausting. Here, we have enlisted some common foods, herbs, or home remedies that will reduce the dry and wet cough – 

1: Ginger 
Ginger is a popular home remedy for cough and acts as an anti-inflammatory. A cup of hot ginger tea can ease your annoying cough and sore throat. Ginger contains certain compounds that dilate the blood vessels of the lungs and relax smooth muscles that leading to the opening of the airways. You can slice up fresh ginger or freshly grated ginger in hot tea for cough relief. 

2: Raw honey 
Raw honey is versatile in its healing properties, particularly in respiratory complaints. It possesses antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce the intensity and duration of a cough. For better results, make a tea with two tablespoons of honey and two tablespoons fresh lemon juice with adequate water. Lemon will act as an antioxidant and helps to boost your energy. 

3: Turmeric 
Turmeric milk is one of the famous home remedies in India for almost every sickness. It is a potent home remedy for sore throat and cough. Turmeric is beneficial because of the presence of Curcumin in it. Curcumin gives a yellow color to the turmeric and provides anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric boosts your immune system and active antibody reaction against infection. Add some black pepper in the turmeric for fast relief. 

4: Lemon 
Lemon is a rich source of vitamin C and antioxidants. Lemon helps to boost immunity and is also essential for DNA repair and serotonin production. A freshly squeezed lemon with warm water or tea can help you soothe your sore throat and cough. 

5: Pineapple
These would be a surprise for you, but pineapple is a potent cough aid. Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple that has anti-inflammatory and mucolytic (break down of mucus) properties. These two characteristics of bromelain make pineapple an excellent food to help relieve a cough.

6: Pomegranate juice 
Fresh pomegranate juice is full of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It contains flavonoid antioxidants, which are helpful to combat viruses and decrease the length of a cold by as much as 40%. You can drink fresh pomegranate juice daily, or you can add them in smoothies or herbal tea. 

7: Hot tea 
Hot tea (green, black, and regular) is best when you have a cough or cold. Antioxidant-rich tea soothes your sore throat and liquefies mucus from your congested nose that helps to clear the nasal passage. Hot tea 

8: Chamomile tea 
It is known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Chamomile tea promotes sleep and helps to protect your immunity. A cup of hot chamomile tea can highly benefit reduces your cough and cold. 

9: Broth or soup 
Yes, your granny was right! A chicken soup or broth is an excellent food to eat when you have flu. The steam from soup or broth speeds up the movement of mucus through the nose to relieve congestion. A healthy soup also helps reduce inflammation. Sipping hot soup enhances your immune system that guards against bacteria and viruses. If you don’t eat chicken, then opt for vegetable soup flavored with ginger, garlic, turmeric, and black pepper. 

Suffering from a cough or cold these days is terrifying, but a healthy diet can be a savior for you. Healthy foods can increase your immune system and keep you healthy. 

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