Natural cures for respiratory illnesses

Natural cures for respiratory illnesses

Increasing pollution levels and erratic lifestyle have fuelled a steady rise in the cases of respiratory disorders. India tops the list of countries with regards to deaths caused by lung diseases.

According to India's National Health Profile, about 3.5 million people reported acute respiratory infection. Preventive care can help reduce the incidence of respiratory ailments. Here are a few tips that can help you deal with respiratory illness:

* A dash of ginger: Ginger contains an antioxidant called gingerol, which helps prevent throat and respiratory tract infections. It also facilitates easy breathing by clearing chest congestion.

* Magic herb: Vasaka, also known as Malabar nut, helps in soothing bronchial inflammation and opens airways that relieve chest congestion. It suppresses coughs, thins bronchial secretions and improves lung function.

* Consume oregano: Oregano contains all the vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to our immune system. It also possesses anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in lung cleansing elements.

* Go for garlic: When a garlic clove is crushed, it releases allicin, an antimicrobial that helps fight respiratory infections.

* Avoid smoke & pollution: It is advisable to stay away from smoke emitted by cars or factories by wearing a face mask. Avoid passive smoking, as any kind of smoke might trigger coughing and wheezing.

* Minty relief: Peppermint contains menthol, vitamins A and C, copper, iron and iodine, which help in soothing the muscles of the respiratory tract and opens the airways to breathe easily.

* Goodness of tulsi: Tulsi is effective in treating cough, cold, asthma and bronchitis. Tulsi leaves are used in tea and can be consumed directly.

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