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Natural Remedies for a Cough

Coughing occurs as a natural way for the respiratory system to get rid of harmful microbes, dust or irritants. More serious coughs can be a result of an illness like pneumonia, bronchitis or asthma. Sometimes mucus, phlegm, sputum or other substances can gather in the airways, causing you to cough to try to eject the substance and clear the airways.

Although the cure for a cough must treat the cause, there are several natural remedies that may help.

Best Foods To Relieve Coughs

Best Foods To Relieve A Cough

Additional foods that may help relieve a cough include radishes, leafy greens, broccoli, asparagus, bamboo shoots, turmeric and brussel sprouts.

Foods To Avoid With A Cough

Foods to Avoid When You Have a Cough
  • Sugar - Decreases white blood cells that help fight infections.
  • Dairy Products - Cows milk that has been pasteurized increases mucus production.
  • Fruit Juice - Many fruit juices contain high amounts of sugar. Orange juice does contain some Vitamin C, but not as much as whole fruits and vegetables.
  • Chocolate - Increases mucus production.
  • Processed Foods - Contain harmful additives and GMO's that may result in inflammation and mucus production.

  • Additional foods that may be contributing to your cough include wheat, deep fried foods, soy products, jelly/jam, alcohol, red meat, alcohol and caffiene. To see what foods your body is sensitive to, which may be contributing to your cough, take our Food Test 95.

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