Pineapple Juice Vs Cough Syrup?

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Most people living in developed countries have become conditioned, through decades of marketing, to seek an over-the-counter or prescription solution to any health problem. It’s not entirely misguided; many pharmaceutical products really do work wonders. But so many people have forgotten that simply consuming the right foods can prevent illness and eliminate the need for medicines in many situations. Likewise, many common afflictions can be alleviated or cured with natural home remedies which can be prepared at home. In this article, we’ll show you how simple, homemade concoctions with ingredients like pineapple juice can not only get rid of a cough, but may even be more effective than conventional medicine.

 

Coughing: What’s it all about?

In order to understand how pineapple juice and other common household items can help alleviate a cough, it is helpful to understand what exactly is happening when we cough.

Coughing is an involuntary reflex of the chest and abdomen, triggered by irritants in the throat or lungs. When the brain detects this irritation, it sends a signal to violently expel air out of the lungs in order to purge the substance that is causing the irritation. A cough can be triggered by foreign objects such as dust, or allergens like pollen. Coughing can also be triggered by an infection caused by viruses or bacteria. Oftentimes, respiratory illness can cause excessive amounts of mucus to build up in the lungs. Coughing is the body’s way of attempting to rid itself of this obstruction in the airways.

An occasional cough is normal and does not indicate any health problems. Persistent coughing over several days, however, is usually a sign that something is wrong. It is important to be clear on what is causing your coughing. If it is simply due to dust, it will go away eventually on its own. If it is caused by a minor cold or allergies, the home remedy information in this article will be beneficial to you.

If, however, you suspect it is a more serious medical condition, such as pneumonia, you should seek professional medical advice. Certain conditions like bacterial pneumonia may not appear severe at first, but are in fact very serious conditions that require immediate attention. Talk to a doctor if you are concerned about a serious respiratory condition.

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