Have you ever had a stuffy nose? It happens when the tissues and blood vessels in and around your nose get swollen with fluid and mucus. That makes your nose feel clogged. The same thing happens in your chest when it fills with phlegm. Mucus creates a protective barrier to keep bacteria and viruses from getting into your body, and contains antibodies that help your body recognize and eliminate unwelcome microscopic guests. Your body has mucus all over it, and that’s a good thing.
But sometimes its composition changes and it become thicker. When that happens, its presence in your body makes itself known. It can happen in response to an allergic reaction (for instance, hay fever), after eating or drinking dairy products (if you’re lactose-intolerant) or when you’ve got a cold.
Here are 3 home effective remedies you can use to clear excess mucous in the throat.
Pineapple is a fruit which can help in eliminating mucus. Pineapple juice contains a mixture of enzymes called bromelain. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties which can help with respiratory problems that are associated with asthma and allergies. Pineapple juice also contains mucolytic properties which can help in expelling and breaking up mucus.
While salt water may not provide you with immediate relief, it is still an effective remedy for killing bacteria while loosening mucus and easing pain. Simply mix half a teaspoon of salt into 8 ounces of warm water and gargle away.
Ginger and honey
Ginger and honey has powerful therapeutic properties, which is why it’s often used to treat colds. Ginger helps relieve coughs and soothes your airways, while working wonders to dislodge stubborn mucus. Home remedy recipe: Warm 2 tablespoons of honey, making sure its temperature doesn’t exceed 40°C, because hotter than that, honey loses its therapeutic effectiveness. Add a teaspoon of grated ginger. Have two tablespoons daily for three days. If the symptoms persist, consult a health professional.
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