Cleaning out the abdomen: Ways to reduce chest congestion.
Numerous Americans every year suffer from chest congestion, the result of an inflamed bronchial tube. Relatively few however try to do something about it, beyond basic over the counter drugs. So, they suffer in quiet until it has passed and then they get back to their lives.
You don’t have to live with a congested chest. In fact, there are many things you can do to help your body actively recover, and even help reduce your chances of getting it in the future. Lets take a look at exactly what happens when your chest gets congested, and then break down what you can do about it.
Understanding what is happening with your body
As stated before, the chest becomes congested from an inflamed bronchial tube. This is the tube that allows you to breath, connecting your mouth to your lungs. An inflamed bronchial tube means that there is a build up of mucus and a restricting of this passageway. As a result, you may experience tightness in your chest or problems with breathing.
How did this begin?
More often then not, you will have chest congestion because of a cold. An inflamed bronchial tube can also result from a response to numerous external stimuli, including bacteria, viruses, an allergic response, and a host of dangerous foreign particulates. These can include a common cold, asthma, lung cancer, cystic fibrosis, flue, or even heart problems. All of these cause mucus to form, which results in the chest congestion we have to deal with.
Do I have chest congestion?
The biggest sign is tightness in your chest and difficulty breathing. In addition, there are a number of signs to watch out for. If you are experiencing coughing, wheezing, bloody phlegm, dizziness, or runny nose, then you may have an inflamed bronchial tube.
So, what can I do about this?
You don’t have to suffer through it. Rather, you can pro-actively make changes to your diet to help your body fight chest congestion. The number one thing to do is drink hot water. Why you may ask? Well, hot water dissolves the mucus and makes breathing easier. In addition, lemon and honey is a well known cure. Find a lemon tea you love, add honey, and drink away! Finally, many spicy foods act as decongestants.
Regardless of what you decide, be sure to get plenty of rest and treat your body right. Good luck!