Fruits, vegetables and herbs have been used as natural remedies for as far back as records can be traced. But how many of these traditional cures actually work or have any scientific facts to back them up? Hopefully this list of produce could help ease your constipation or at least help stop your cough.
Natural remedies for curing coughs.
The nutrients in pineapple juice have been shown to sooth the symptoms of a cough or cold. Juice from pineapples contains bromelain, a mixture of enzymes with strong anti -inflammatory properties. It is thought that pineapple juice has mucolytic properties which aid the break up and dissolve mucus.
The leaves in the peppermint plant release menthol which can help soothe the throat and act as a decongestant, which helps to break down mucus.
Salt, although not as tasty as the two previous natural remedies gargling salt and water can help to soothe a scratchy throat and relieve the irritation.
There are a variety of antibacterial and antimicrobial properties in honey. Honey has been shown to be an effective cough suppressant and mixing honey and lemon can ease a sore throat.
Natural remedies for a cold.
Vitamin C which is found in many fruits and vegetables such as oranges, kiwis and bananas, plays an important role in your body. While consumption of fruits or vegetables high in vitamin C may not cure your cold completely they will help supporting your immune system with the added vitamin
The rich orange flesh of the pumpkin is full of beta carotene, which is broken down by the body to make vitamin A. Vitamin A helps to keep the respiratory system healthy, which is benificial when suffering from a cold or flu.
Ginger has long been recommended in a tea, as it is helpful in increasing sweat production, which may help to “sweat out” germs and toxins. Studies have also shown that ginger can help to reduce nausea and vomiting.
Natural remedies for smells & noises.
Snoring – the anti-inflammatory properties within turmeric can be helpful in reducing inflammation which can help to reduce the narrowing or airways in the nose and throat. Onions also have anti-inflammatory characteristics and can help reduce blockages in the airways.
Bad breath – Foods that are high in vitamin C (such as peppers or broccoli) make the mouth inhospitable for bacteria inside the mouth, when eaten raw their crunchy properties help to loosen and food particles that are trapped in between your teeth. Lemons have many properties that help combat the causes of bad breath, they have natural anti-bacterial properties. The strong flavour of the lemon helps to stimulate saliva production which naturally washes away the bacteria causing bad breath.
Flatulence – Gas flare-ups can be caused during the digestion of fruits and vegetables because of the naturally occurring sugars. Fruits and vegetables such as peaches, pears, apples, sprouts, broccoli and cabbages are among the most well known causes. Replacing them with less gaseous produce such as berries, lettuce, courgettes and tomatoes can help to reduce this unwanted side effect.
Natural remedies to cure a hangover.
A study in the Journal of Food Science showed that the minerals and amino acids in asparagus can relieve the symptoms of a hangover and help protect the liver against toxins. Asparagus is also a natural diuretic, which helps flush excess toxins from the body.
Watermelons are packed with potassium, magnesium and the amino acid L-citrulline which has been shown to boost blood circulation. These minerals will help the liver combat toxins and help restore tired muscles. As watermelons are rich in water they also help to keep the body hydrated,
The tomato is rich in electrolytes, sodium and potassium which all help to prevent dehydration related side effects such as headaches. Tomatoes have also been shown to boost liver function.
Spinach contains folic acid, sulpher and vitamin C, nutrients that can help keep a hangover at bay.