Anybody who suffers the respiratory infections knows what the pain and embarrassment it can be. In winter, common cold, coughs, influenza, bronchitis and various other respiratory infections are on the rise. All are the courtesy of low diet, poor immunity, lack of sunlight and lower socioeconomic lifestyle etc. It does not have to be inevitable to get these infections if we take precautions. Here are some foods and home remedies that can help you to fight against the respiratory infections. Many of these would readily be present in your kitchen.
Garlic – Immune Booster
Garlic has the natural ability to fight off the infections due to the presence of allicin, sulfhydryl and various other sulphur containing compounds. These compounds make garlic the home medicine of choice for treating infections especially the respiratory infections. You can eat fresh garlic slices or add more garlic in your diet. Alternatively, garlic tea can be prepared and you can drink it 2-3 times a day for the very same effect.
Ginger With Antiviral Properties
The most of the times, viruses are the cause of respiratory infections like common cold, flu, and sore throat etc. The ginger is packed with more than a dozen of antiviral compounds that can prevent and treat common cold and flu caused by viruses. Make the ginger tea flavored with honey or you can simply eat the fresh ginger slices with or without honey installation.
Green onion is full of sulphur compounds and also vitamin B, C and trace minerals that are vital for our body. This makes the onion an excellent immune boosting agent. Obviously, you eat a lot of onions during the winter season but now is the time to make a green onion soup or tea. Onion tea is simple to make but for green onion soup (a vegetable soup), you have to boil fresh green onions, ginger and leeks in the water. Strain it and enjoy your soup. You can add any other ingredients as you like.
Elderberry For Respiratory Infections
Elderberry is one of the top ranks in the arsenal of immune boosting foods. Packed with antioxidants like flavonoids, elderberry is a very good choice to decrease mucous membrane inflammation. It can be used to both prevent and cure the respiratory infections. Remember, elderberry also possess the anti-viral and anti-cancerous properties making it a unique and inevitable component to treat respiratory infections.
Echinacea – An Immune Booster
In old times, echinacea was referred to ‘cure all’ herb as it maximizes the immune system of our body and helps to ward off the bacteria and viruses. It is blessed with a compound called properdin that reduces the severity of common cold and flu within no time. The properdin also activates our immune system and is an integral part of our immunity. So it has been used in the history for long. You can boil its flower and drink the strained water for immune protection against infections. Alternatively, make a tea for echinacea flower and add honey for taste. You can use echinacea flowers in your cooking for the same effects.