One of the more common health problems is a cough, from which we all suffer at various times in our lives. Coughing may be the result of many and varied causes. It is a natural mechanism of the immune system that protects the respiratory system by helping to eliminate bacteria, dust particles, smoke and chemical substances, allergens and other foreign bodies that are inhaled. For this reason, it is important not to repress a cough.
An acute cough may be the result of any of the above causes or a more serious illness. Acute coughs are particularly common during seasonal changes due to fluctuations in temperatures, weather conditions, pollination, etc. Such coughs are usually accompanied by phlegm.
Chronic coughs are coughs that may last for extended periods and are often due to chronic conditions such as asthma or COPD or associated with a bout of flu. Such coughs may be dry or accompanied by phlegm. It is important to diagnose the cause of chronic coughs in particular.
During changes of the seasons, healthy individuals of all ages may suffer from coughs. The symptoms are easily alleviated with natural remedies that help reduce and eliminate phlegm.
Nutritional recommendations for seasonal changes
- Daily consumption of foods that reduce phlegm and aid coughing: Fresh garlic, green onion and dry onion, flax seeds, quaked oats, organic honey, fresh lemon, sprouts, celery stalks, algae
- Increase in consumption of products that strengthen the immune system: Ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cardamon, cooked orange vegetables, pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts
- Decrease phlegm-producing products: Milk products, peanuts, citrus fruits (with the exception of lemon), banana, avocado, white sugar.
- Drink a glass of water or unsweetened tea with mint once an hour
Other tips for treating a seasonal cough
Homemade frozen sucking sweets
- 3 tablespoons of organic coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon of organic honey
- 1 inch of ginger, finely grated
Mix all the ingredients, pour into ice trays and freeze for several hours
Homemade cough syrup
- 1 white onion finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons of organic honey
- Mix the honey and onion and let stand overnight in a sealed container; strain and store the liquid in a sealed bottle
Recommended dosage: 1 tablespoon, 3-4 times daily
Infusion for children and adults
- Add a tablespoon of Sambucus nigra flowers to a cup of boiling water and cover with a saucer.
- Let it stand for 15 minutes, strain and add a small amount of organic honey and a squirt of lemon.
Recommended dosage: 3 times daily
Chest and back massage before bedtime
- Mix a tablespoon of olive oil or almond oil with 2-3 drops of eucalyptus-enriched essential oil and an equal amount of essential mint oil
- Rub the mixture on the chest and back areas until fully absorbed; recommended to have someone tap on the back for several minutes from the middle toward the top.
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