Get rid of congestion

By Naini Setalvad | THE HANS INDIA |   Feb 10,2018 , 11:31 PM IST

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Most people are suffering from respiratory problems due to climate change, pollution and global warming. What I have observed is that a stronger immune system is your best guard for respiratory troubles and preventing congestion.

Eating organic, fresh and nutritious food while avoiding white sugar, processed and fried food will increase our immunity and certainly prevent congestion. There are certain foods that can reduce, retard and reverse congestion. Let’s look into them.

Hydration: Lack of fluids increases mucus in lungs, clogging the arteries and making it difficult to breathe. This eases by sipping on hot drinks.

Salt: Salt therapy is a natural treatment that offers relief from symptoms caused by congestion, inflammation and allergies of the respiratory due to its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Honey: Traditionally honey is used in a variety of ways in long-established home remedies to ease the respiratory tract.

Ginger: It is a warming food and has been used since centuries to relieve congestion. Fresh and dry ginger has anti-inflammatory properties.

Tulsi: It is a common herb used in traditional Indian home remedies as well as in Ayurveda for medicinal purposes of chest and respiratory disorders and to breathe free.

Garlic: An amazing natural antibiotic it contains volatile oils and sulphuric acid which it uses as a weapon to defend against infections that try to invade the cells. Garlic contains antiviral,  antibacterial and antifungal properties. Regularly eating garlic reduces the risk of congestion.

Vitamin C: When you feel congestion in your chest, include lots of citrus fruits like orange, guava, tomatoes and especially lemon as their Vitamin C boosts the immune system with its antioxidant properties.

Onions: It contains a considerable amount of sulphuric oils that antiseptic qualities. These oils help soothe congested lungs.

Dry Figs: They  help in relieving congestion in the chest as they have warming properties.
Turmeric: It is the most powerful and widely used spice in Ayurvedic medicines for inflammation and easing a congested chest.

Ghee: Ghee has amazing anti-inflammatory properties and is very soothing for the chest. It is high in Vitamin A thus making it a strong antioxidant while increasing ones immunity.

Flaxseeds: They are known for their antiviral and antibacterial properties so include flaxseeds in your diet to mitigate congestion.

It is very easy to cure a congested chest by simply adding these foods and following natural remedies. Congested chests can lead to loads of severe respiratory problems.

 If the severity continues it can lead to bronchitis, asthma and failure of lungs. So simply add garlic, ginger and turmeric in your daily diet and sip on herbal infusions topped with basil, honey and life for a contented chest and not a congested chest.