Understanding respiratory problems

An upper respiratory infection is any infection caused in the upper respiratory tract. Everyone is affected by such infections at one point of time and this may leave one weak and debilitated, particularly if one is battling with the infection for over a month. Upper Respiratory Tract Infection (URTI) or the common cold is an inflammatory and catarrhal condition of the URT, occurring due to allergies, viral or mixed infection.

Some common symptoms include a running nose, coughing, sneezing, heaviness of the head, body ache, loss of appetite, fever with chills and swelling of the mucous membrane of the nose. Bacteria, virus and allergens are some of the most common contributors of these infections.

Most colds are transmitted by hand to hand interaction with someone. This can spread from grocery baskets, telephones, computer keyboards or doorknobs. The moment one touches his/her mouth, eyes or nose post exposure to cold viruses, they are likely to catch a cold. There are ample natural respiratory remedies to control the situation, so stay relaxed.

Best natural remedies to treat respiratory infections

  • Consuming foods high in vitamins helps to fight infection. Add fresh fruits, seeds, nuts, vegetables and grains in ample quantities in your diet. Include spinach, radish, onion, carrots, tomato, lemon and apricot for best results.
  • Sipping ample amount of fluids such as chicken soup, clear broth, juice and plain water will help in loosening the mucus that causes congestion thereby preventing dehydration. The salts, sugars and water present in these liquids help in preventing dehydration. This is one of the most effective natural respiratory remedies.
  • Prepare a homemade saline spray with warm water and a pinch of salt. Transfer this solution to a clean, empty bottle having a dropper. Pour it into the nostril, one at a time. Make new solutions every 3 days.
  • Taking a warm shower or bath will help in reducing body aches as well as help one in breathing easily.
  • Taking a concoction made of 2mg asafetida and milk is highly beneficial for curing upper respiratory infection. Alternatively, one can also have a glass of warm milk mixed with half teaspoon turmeric powder. This is also one of the most beneficial natural respiratory remedies.
  • Drinking a combination of 1 teaspoon honey and one lemon mixed in a glass of warm water works wonders in healing the upper respiratory infection. For best results, take this mixture 2-3 times daily for a couple of days.

These are some of the most effective natural remedies to ward off respiratory infections.

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