Cough, blocked nose and throat irritation are seasonal infections that are quite common during winters. While consulting a doctor is usually the last option, most of you tend to drink cough syrup or take a pill.
But, sometimes even these over-the-counter medications fail to provide any remedy. Also, consulting a doctor, especially if the condition is not interfering with your daily activities, is not what everyone feels like doing. However, if it fails to improve over time, then you must consult a doctor.
As you try natural remedies and take medication, here is a simple trick you can follow which can help you fight winter ailments such as itchy throat and cough, and that is to drink a glass of hot water.
Below are the few surprising health benefits of warm water for your cough and sore throat.
How Drinking Warm Water Helps to Cure Cough and Sore Throat?
When you cough, it causes chafing of the muscles in your respiratory tract. This friction can irritate your throat but also cause constriction of the vocal cord.
Drinking warm water is recommended because it helps in reducing the irritation and inimproving the blood flow to the muscles, thus causing muscle relaxation. Also, warm water helps flush toxins build-up in the throat, therefore providing relief from sore throat.
Added to that, drinking hot water helps in keeping your body hydrated. As the cells in the body are hydrated, it helps in loosening the mucus, which makes it easy to expel cough orphlegm.
Also, it reduces friction that is due to constant coughing. Warm water also improves the ciliary movement, thereby sweeping mucus out of the oral cavity, thus helping you get rid of cough.
Here are some home remedies for cough for that instant relief.
1. Drink a glass of warm water every time you feel soreness in your throat or feel like coughing.
2. Stay hydrated by sipping hot water until you feel better.
3. Add honey or squeeze a lemon to your hot water as this also helps in dealing with cough and sore throat effectively.
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