Phlegm is the body’s natural way of fighting a respiratory infection. And, along with colds, it is most frequent in winters and cold weather. It is the mucus your lungs generate to help expel irritants that come from an infection. When you have infections like bronchitis, the common cold and the flu you generate phlegm to capture the virus, bacteria, and inflammatory cells that are causing the most damage.
The basic symptoms are difficulty breathing, a continuously runny nose, constant coughing, a perpetual need to clear your throat, feeling slightly feverish, and feeling weak. And usually you cough it all out, but in some cases it is much more difficult.
Here are some advices to help you get rid of phlegm:
The vitamin C, which lemons are rich with, is a wonderful immunity booster because it helps several immune system cells ready to combat infections.
There are two ways to use lemon to help break up your phlegm. First, you can add two teaspoons of lime juice and one tablespoon of honey to a glass of warm water, drink this at least three times a day.
Your other option is to grab a slice of lemon, sprinkle salt and pepper on it, and then suck the lemon juice out. It will help bring your phlegm out efficiently. Although this method is for those who can actually brave the taste. I’d recommend doing this twice a day.
Inhaling steam is one of the best ways to help loosen up phlegm. By having steam in your respiratory system, you’ll be able to make your phlegm a bit more liquid, and easier to get rid of.
The best way is to have hot showers with keeping all the steam inside the bathroom. You will relax your body and lungs and help the phlegm get out easier.
Or you can just boil water and place it in a basin. Afterwards, cover your head with a towel and inhale the steam for about ten minutes. You can use this simple remedy a couple of times a day.
Salt water packs the triple threat being a powerful antibacterial agent, helps relax your throat, and helps fight inflammation. To take full advantage of it, simply gargle a one-fourth teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water.
Rinse and repeat multiple times a day.
Honey has been categorized as a demulcent, which is a substance that helps provide relief to your throat. Honey also has dextromethorphan, a substance used by cough medicine to help treat respiratory tract infections.
The best thing about honey is that it’s incredibly easy to incorporate into your diet if you want to treat phlegm.
Simply add a pinch of black pepper to a tablespoon honey. The pepper will aid in fighting the infection and the honey will help soothe your mucus membranes.
Alternatively, you can add one tablespoon of honey to glass of water and drink it multiple times a day.