Foods for Bronchitis
EAT PLENTY OF
fish such as mackerel or
Lean meat and pumpkin seeds
CUT DOWN ON
Alcohol and caffeine
which is particularly harmful to people with bronchitis
There are two forms of bronchitis- chronic and acute, the chronic forms is
more common in Britain than anywhere else in the world and is often the result
of smoking. In the UK it is the second most frequent cause of lost working
days—30 million are lost each year. Yet it is known that the condition can be
alleviated by giving up smoking and adopting a sensible diet.
A WEAK SYSTEM
Acute bronchitis is almost always a secondary infection; bacteria invade
when someone is already weakened by a cold or flu virus.
sufferers and others with lung problems, the elderly, very small children and
babies, and also smokers, are its most likely victims. The resulting persistent
cough, wheezing and shortness of breath, together with green or yellow phlegm
are common symptoms of acute bronchitis. If this is not treated, it may develop
of chronic bronchitis often recur year after year; some of its symptoms can be
experienced almost daily. Sufferers endure repeated fits of coughing and may
also produce copious amounts of
If you have chronic bronchitis, you might want to experiment with different
food choices to see if changes to your diet make any difference in your
symptoms. As you do this, keep a careful record of how you are feeling.
will help to strengthen the body’s natural resistance. Adequate intakes of
as well as zinc are needed for the proper functioning of the
immune system. Carrots, spinach, spring onions, leeks and cantaloupe
melon provide plenty of beta carotene (the plant form of vitamin A), which is
also known to help lung conditions. A combination of beet root juice, carrot and
spinach juice, if consumed everyday can help. To shore up the immune system,
drink this blend or other fresh
times a day!
small portion of liver each week is another good source of vitamin A (but should
not be eaten during
Fresh fruit and vegetables are vital for vitamin C. Shellfish (particularly
oysters), pumpkin seeds and lean beef all supply dietary zinc. Oily fish are
thought to have an anti-inflammatory effect in the lungs. Fish for one can help
you see the end of the tunnel. The iodine in fish acts as sodium chloride mixed
in water that you use for gargling, washing out traces of cough and phlegm from
Cayenne pepper can help you when you have bronchitis. Cayenne helps break up
the congestion and may help you get quicker relief.
chicken soup is an excellent way to break up congestion, and while we are
talking about congestion, we must not forget that what may seem as a simple
cough congestion, can turn into some serious Bronchitis and even
Another food you should eat when you have bronchitis is garlic, which has
natural antiviral and antibacterial qualities.
High intakes of
sugars should be
avoided because they tend to displace more nourishing foods that contain the
micronutrients needed to support the immune system. Too much alcohol or coffee
will also inhibit the immune system since, to cleanse their toxins from the
blood, the liver has to draw on extra micronutrients, thus depleting the body’s
reserves. Stay away from dairy products. They are mucus producing and may
aggravate your condition.
immune system can be damaged by exposure to heavy metals such as lead and
cadmium. It is therefore important to avoid food which may come from areas
affected by traffic pollution. Foods that are high in cadmium include
commercially produced mushrooms grown in manure, kidneys from mature animals,
and shellfish caught in waters that have been exposed to industrial pollution.
As a fragrant alternative to the many chemical decongestants now available,
can offer natural inhalants such as the essential oils of eucalyptus, hyssop and
Eucalyptus oil is particularly good for relieving congestion and clearing
the head. Hyssop is also a decongestant and sandal wood is a relaxant that helps
to ease muscular or nervous tension.
To inhale, pour a few drops of each onto a paper towel, or add them to a
bowl of hot (but not boiling) water using the following proportions: three of
eucalyptus to two of hyssop and two of sandal wood.
apply the oils in the ratio of 15:10:5. Other helpful oils include cajuput,
niaouli and pine.
The practice of
and Breathing exercises earliest in the morning can also gradually help reduce
the severity of the situation.
Dated 27 September 2011