Coughing is a protective function of the body that occurs when the throat or respiratory tract is irritated. This stimulation stimulates certain nerves, activating muscles in the chest and abdomen to release air from the lungs. Although it feels uncomfortable, it is a sign that the body is working hard to stay healthy and eliminate annoying factors.
“This is the way the body reacts when something irritates the throat or airways,” they explain from the Mayo Clinic. However, as with any symptom, it’s important to listen to what your body is trying to say, as a prolonged cough may be a sign of illness. symptoms. “A cough is considered chronic if it lasts for more than eight weeks,” the Belén Serrabou pharmacy warns.
Nonetheless, Dr. Begoña Pérez Longás of Xàtiva Lluís Alcanyís Hospital insists that certain plants can improve respiratory conditions such as coughs. These plants have expectorant or mucus-dissolving properties, which reduce the viscosity of secretions and facilitate their drainage.
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Thyme infusion is approved by the European Medicines Agency as an expectorant for common cold-related coughs, making it a healthy choice. This aromatic plant is often used as a flavoring in many recipes and is rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, fiber, riboflavin and calcium. Additionally, it has antibacterial, antispasmodic and expectorant properties.
Nutritionist Mónica Acha shares her Thyme Infusion Cough Recipe:
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- Heat 250 ml of water in a container until it boils.
- When the water boils, turn off the heat, add a small spoonful of thyme and let it sit.
- While resting, add a small spoonful of honey.
- Squeeze the juice of half a lemon (about two to three tablespoons).
- After about five minutes, pour the lemon juice into the thyme and honey infusion.
- Strain the thyme and drink the infusion, hot or cold.
*This content was rewritten with the help of artificial intelligence based on information published by El Universal and reviewed by reporters and editors.