Craving for something, but not sure if it’s okay for your cough?
Worry no more, as we present here some of the foods that you can safely and comfortably dine on when hit by that annoying cough.
Hippocrates, the Father of Western Medicine, said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”Very aptly said, as there have been numerous studies supporting the idea that eating certain kinds of food can help a person get better.
When you come down with a cough, you are likely to feel uncomfortable while eating. You sometimes lose your appetite for the usual fare that you prefer, simply because the urge to cough is persistent. Along with this, you may also feel exhausted from losing sleep because of the continual coughing. To make things worse, some cough sufferers experience a sore throat as well, which makes swallowing harder.
However, having a cough does not mean you cannot eat. On the contrary, you should take very good care of your health so you can feel better soon. The key is to choose the right food or drink.
Here is a list of food and beverages that can help you when you are down with a cough:
There are certain fruits that are good for helping you with your cough.
For one, avocados are packed with fibre, vitamins and minerals. They also have high levels of monounsaturated fats, the kind of healthy fat found in olive oil. In addition, the oleic acid in avocados plays a role in immune function as well as help decrease inflammation. On a more practical sense, avocados are soft and easy to eat. They are also relatively bland so you need not to worry about strong flavours that may exacerbate your cough.
Apples are a good go-to snack when you have a cough. They are rich in flavonoids which have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-viral properties that can boost immune function and reduce the incidence of coughs.
Cranberries have flavonoids called proanthocyanidins. Power-packed with polyphenols, these richly coloured berries can significantly lower the risk of catching colds as well as support your immune system.
Pineapples are also good for your cough as they contain bromelain. Bromelain is an enzyme that helps reduce inflammation and is said to be good in calming coughs and soothing a sore throat. Of course, pineapples are also a good source of Vitamin C!
Eat leafy, green vegetables like kale, romaine lettuce, and spinach when you have a cough. Aside from being packed with fibre, minerals and vitamins, these leafy green also have antibacterial properties. They are good sources of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and folate as well.
Look for dark green vegetables, too, as these contain beneficial plant compounds and antioxidants that protect cellular damage and fight inflammation.
You might also want to eat sweet potatoes. These sweet-tasting root vegetables are rich in Vitamin A that helps keep the mucosal membranes healthy.
Broths and soups are excellent helpers when it comes to hydration. Especially if made from scratch and packed with vegetables, broths and soups are flavorful and filling options when you have a cough.
Chicken soup is probably the most popular go-to soup when people are sick. This is because it is easy to eat and is a good source of vitamins and minerals that your body needs. Chicken contains N-acetyl-cysteine, an amino acid that helps loosen thick mucus. This protein also prevents neutrophil action or white blood cells that cause symptoms such as stuffy nose and coughing.
Hot broths also help as a natural decongestant as you inhale the hot steam while eating.
There are different kinds of teas that can help relieve your cough.
Garlic tea, mixed with a teaspoon of honey, is a good drink with antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
Honey and pepper tea is also a good mix, especially when you have a wet cough. It helps reduce the production of mucus. Manuka honey, especially, has high levels of antibacterial elements. You can even have a teaspoon of it on its own and enjoy its antiseptic qualities while it coats and soothes your throat.
To help open up your airways and break down mucus, try drinking peppermint tea. For better results, you can also add honey and lemon.
Last but definitely not the least, keep a glass of water near you at all times. Take frequent sips to reduce the irritation in your throat or gulp it down to hydrate yourself.
You can also gargle salt water for about 30 seconds to help reduce the inflammation in your throat. Salt has antiseptic qualities that will aid in relieving your cough. Do not drink the salt water, though, as it will dehydrate you. Spit after gargling and repeat multiple times a day, as needed.
These food and beverages are meant to help support your body when it is attacked by an irritating cough. You can also get relief by taking chest cough treatments that can provide cough relief by loosening the mucus, clearing it out from the airways, and preventing excess mucus from forming.
When coughing becomes worse and continues for over three weeks, it is best to go see your doctor.
Stephanie Hill is the Chief Editor of Healthy Fixation and blogs regularly on various blogs and health and fitness topics. Stephanie provides personal advice on the latest health news and recommendations on health related issues and products.