Bronchitis can hit you when your immune system is already weak from a cold or the flu, so eating the right foods and staying healthy can help you avoid bronchitis. This means avoiding certain foods like high-fat and high-sugar foods – save those for a healthier day. Stay away from dairy products as they will increase the amount of mucus in your airways making your condition even worse.
Here are some foods that are the best medicine:
1. ELDERBERRIES – in the form of wine, jams or juice because they contain flavonoids which have an anti-inflammatory effect as well as immune system boosting agents for anyone with a cold, flue or allergies. Of course, if you are taking cold medicine, you should not drink wine.
2. GARLIC – for bronchitis, garlic is great for building the immune system and it contains antiviral and antibacterial chemicals which are great for upper respiratory infections making them less severe. Once you eat garlic, chemicals are released and travel to the lungs and protect them from inflammation. This is why you get garlic breath with a strong garlic taste. You can choose odorless garlic supplements or chew a bit of parsley after eating garlic to get rid of the taste.
3. GUAVA – this is a sweet fruit from the Caribbean and is packed with Vitamin C which can help you get over bronchitis quicker as well as help you with allergies, infections, congestion or watery eyes.
4. THYME – this culinary herb stimulates the immune system, works as an antiseptic and helps clear mucus from the respiratory tract. You can make a tea by boiling water, adding the herb and letting it steep for at least 10-20 minutes which allows the phytochemicals to be released. You can add cardamom, cinnamon, or a licorice stick to the tea for added flavor.
5. OAT BRAN – contains magnesium and if your magnesium levels are low, it puts you at higher risk for respiratory diseases such as bronchitis. Add 1/2 cup of oat bran cereal with vanilla soy milk or try brown rice and other sources of magnesium like almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, spinach and okra.
6. CAYENNE PEPPER – this hot spice helps dilate the blood vessels and helps relieve chronic congestion. You can add this to hot chocolate which works by irritating the mucous membranes in the nose and throat and causes them to weep a watery secretion, which helps release mucus when you cough or blow your nose.
7. WATERCRESS – add this to your salad or pasta or stir fry which is great for respiratory infections.
8. MINT – you can add this to a pot of hot water and inhale the steam or put a few drops of peppermint oil on a hankie or pillow and breathe in several times – it is great for relieving symptoms of allergies or bronchitis.
Many of the foods and herbs listed above are great for fighting bronchitis because they contain compounds that act as antiseptics, relieve coughing, open the airways and help clear up mucus from the respiratory tract.