Foods to Help Combat Congestion
I am suffering from a major case of congestion. I refuse to take OTC meds for the congestion because they make me jittery and they interfere with my sleep. I am embarking on a quest to relieve these symptoms naturally.
1) Antioxidant-rich foods: Antioxidants help to reduce inflammation and neutralize free radicals that can wreak havoc upon your cells and your immune system. They give your immune system a serious boost, helping it combat the allergens sneaking into your body. Certain berries, vegetables, teas and nuts are the best sources of antioxidants.
2) Ginger: This spicy rhizome is a natural decongestant. The zest that ginger brings to the table really helps open up clogged nasal passages and quell coughing. It can also numb sore throats. Chow down on crystallized ginger as a snack, or drop a piece into your favorite hot tea to give it a kick.
3) Citrus: Fruits like lemons, oranges and limes all contain huge amounts of vitamin C, which naturally blocks histamines and reduces inflammation. This can be of particular value to allergy sufferers who have coughs or breathing issues. Try adding some dried oranges to a hot drink, or even munching on them as-is, to increase your vitamin C intake.
4) Omega-3 fatty acids: Foods with a high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids contain a natural anti-inflammatory that can also aid in fighting congestion and wheezing. In fact, doctors often recommend that people with asthma consume omega-3 fatty acids for this reason. Though many types of cold-water fish are often seen as the primary food source of these acids, they can also be found in walnuts.