Among the many reasons for contacting cough and cold, when there is improper digestion, the food transforms into a mucus toxin and this circulates through the body and reaches the respiratory system, where it causes coughs and colds. People are also prone to cough and cold during change of season. With every season change, we go through a sneezing and coughing bout and the friendly family physician recommends dozens of tablets and cough syrups, right? Although having cold once or twice a year is a healthy sign as it helps the body get rid of toxins, but do you know that some simple food habits can soothe sore throats, relieve congestion and even cure cough? So if you are looking for natural remedies for cure and prevention from cough and cold, here are some little kitchen secrets that can safeguard you against these attacks.

  • -Having minimum 3 liters of water keeps the body hydrated
  • -Drinking warm water helps tremendously in flushing out toxins and germs
  • -Warm lemon water with honey helps to ease congestion
  • -Saline nasal drops can help alleviate congestion of stuffy nose
  • -Gargling with warm water salt water provides relief to sore throat
  • -Herbal tea with tulsi(basil)leaves helps prevent growth of bacteria
  • -Hot tea with honey and ginger provides relief from persistent cough
  • -Avoid sugar as bacteria feeds on it

Encouraging intake of warm milk is another wonder cure that all grandmas recommend and even doctors have found helpful in curing cold. It acts as anti-inflammatory agent by inhibiting the movement of immune system cells that participate in the body's inflammatory response. It also temporarily speeds up the movement of mucus through the nose, thus helping relieve congestion.
  • -The heat helps cure congestion
  • -The fat helps cure a sore throat

Having fruits with high doses of vitamin C help reduce the risk of cold by 50 per cent. Vitamin C boosts up the anti-oxidant reserve in the body and helps in building up the immune system. Fruits like orange, strawberry and kiwi are specially helpful and beneficial in such ailments.
  • -Helps in maintaining healthy tissues
  • -helps in building a strong immune system
  • -Aids in the absorption of iron

Intake of hot and spicy food helps in relieving sinuses and congestion of nose. Onion and garlic have a photochemical called Allison which is good for the overall health of the body and that's why they are one of the healthiest vegetables available today.
  • -Allison decongests the nose
  • -Allison is also an antioxidant

Having warm milk or beverage helps in curing cold. Intake of hot and spicy food is highly recommended because it decongests the nose and clears sinuses. Vitamin C acts as a natural antioxidant and is known to be an immune builder against cold. Chicken soup also works wonders and is a tried and tested remedy.


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  1. Mantis Hugo August 31, 2015 at 3:54 PM  

    In throat pain, my granny used to take black pepper, ginger, honey, and squash them and warm them together. One tea spoon used to be enough to give me relief from cough and soar throat.

    Mantis Hugo
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