Coughs can be very annoying, especially at this time of the year, when millions of people are affected. Besides viruses and bacteria, coughs can be caused by aging, smoking or air pollution. Overall, they are a sign of bad health and everyone hates them. However, did you know they are also a part of your body’s mechanism?
Coughs occur when the body is trying to clear up the central part of the respiratory system. They are an involuntary action and are telling you that there’s something wrong with your health. They can be caused by infections such as bronchitis, or the common cold or flu. But, do you know how to treat them?
Coughs are usually treated with conventional medications such as cough syrup, but you should know that there are numerous natural remedies that can relieve them. According to several studies since 2006, there’s really no evidence showing that conventional medications are doing anything to cough. They have a placebo effect caused by the billions of dollars spent on their advertising. On the other hand, natural remedies are cheap and effective as well. Here’s one such remedy that can help you:
2 ripe bananas
2 tablespoons of organic honey
400 ml. of water
Boil the water in a pot, then mash the peeled bananas with a fork in a bowl. Now, pour the boiling water over them, cover the bowl and leave it for half an hour. Once it’s cooled down, add the honey and mix well.
Take 100 ml. of this remedy 4 times a day, warming it up a bit before consumption. The remedy will get you some much needed relief and will treat the underlying problem of your cough. Besides providing your body with nutrients, bananas can also help you sleep better as they stimulate serotonin production. This makes the fruit a perfect remedy for those night time coughs which can rob you of energy. Besides the bananas, honey has great soothing properties which will relieve your cough and help you sleep better.