Winter is finally starting to settle in. With that comes the dreaded cold season! I personally don’t use cough medicine because I believe that a cough is the body’s way of eliminating bacteria that may be causing illness. In my opinion, medicating the symptom without addressing the root cause does not assist the body to heal any faster. Therefore, I prefer to use natural methods which support the body’s overall health, while also helping to make things a bit more comfortable.
Enter the PINEAPPLE! This delicious tropical fruit is a great way to naturally treat a cough. Pineapples are rich in the enzyme bromelain, which can be effective in treating lung inflammation that can be caused by excessive coughing, suppressing the urge to cough more, according to the National Library of Medicine. Bromelain has also been shown to help support digestion, as an added bonus. Pineapples are also high in Vitamin C which is a great way to support yourself naturally when you are sick.
Personally, I like to mix pineapple juice with honey so I get the added health benefits of both. I find this very effective at treating coughs naturally. To make your own remedy, mix 1/2 cup warm pineapple juice with 1 TBSP of manuka honey and mix. I find that warming the pineapple juice first helps to dissolve the honey better. When you warm the juice, please be sure to use the stovetop, not the microwave, as microwaving can destroy some of the nutrients and health benefits. If you like, you can also add the mixture to a cup of warm herbal tea.
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