Three cheers for flu season! The chilly months of autumn bring a host of illnesses that make our throats phlegmy and our noses runny. Whether you have a cold or flu, sitting at your desk amidst an ocean of tissues, or coughing your way through every conversation can put a real damper on your day. But honey, lemon water, and ginger can provide incredible relief to excess mucous.
Excess mucus is a common symptom of viral infections, seasonal allergies, and smoking-related conditions. If you suffer from excess mucus, you can often determine what could be causing it by examining the color, quantity, and consistency of your mucous, we know, not an appealing task. Luckily, these four powerful ingredients can reduce excess phlegm and mucous in your lungs, nose, and throat.
BENEFITS OF DRINKING WATER
The number one piece of advice that medical scholars recommend is to increase your intake of water. Water can loosen and wash down any phlegm in the throat and back of the mouth. Water also can clear the toxins that are contributing to your illness.
Drinking cold water can boost your metabolism and aid your immune system, and drinking warm water can regulate your body temperature.
BENEFITS OF GINGER
Ever find that you’re no longer sick, but you still have that extra mucus? Ginger is known to reduce a headache caused by the congestion of your sinuses. Ginger reduces the build up of phlegm that is left behind after the recovery from an infection.
Ginger provides a significant boost to the entire system, and oleoresins, the active components in ginger, are commonly found in most cold and flu remedies. Ginger is also known to stimulate circulation, which can encourage any excess mucous to be released from the lungs.
Chills and fever can be reduced by ginger. Morning sickness and inflammation can also be eliminated with regular consumption of ginger. And those with respiratory problems such as asthma have been known to find relief with ginger.