Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of the most powerful natural antibacterial agents, so it can prevent the excess phlegm production and maintain a healthy pH balance. Just consume a tablespoon of raw ACV with a glass of water every day and you will see the benefits from its properties. Also you can make gargle with the liquid to soothe sore throat.
Turmeric contains curcumin, a compound with very powerful antibacterial properties.
- ½ a teaspoon of salt
- A glass of warm water
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
Add the turmeric in a glass of warm water, mix well, add the salt and mix again. Gargle with this mixture, for a few minutes 3-4 times a day to reduce the amount of phlegm and to fight respiratory infections. This is a very helpful solution because the warm water will help you soothe your throat, while the salt will destroy the bacteria.
One of the best ways to reduce chest congestion is steaming.
- ½ a teaspoon of thyme
- 4-5 cups of boiling water
- ½ a teaspoon of dry rosemary
Add the thyme and rosemary to boiling water in a bowl. Lean over the bowl with a towel over your head and just inhale the steam. For best results, repeat this process 3-4 times a day.
Here are some additional advices. Stop consuming cold food and drinks and blow your nose regularly in order to prevent excess phlegm in your lungs. You should definitely quit smoking, because this habit leads to chest congestion and irritates the respiratory tract. It is recommended to use a humidifier to control the production of mucus in your body and to avoid the exposure to paint fumes, household cleaners and chemical.
If you notice phlegm in your throat, don’t swallow it, instead gargle some warm water and salt and spit it out. Consuming spicy foods such as garlic and peppers can be very helpful in thinning out and breaking up the congestion.
I hope that my advices will help you get rid of the phlegm in the cold days.