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12 Natural Cough Remedies

With winter in full force and people spending most of their time within the warmer confines of homes and offices, the common cold is highly visible. That means lots of sniffles, plenty of sore, scratchy throats, and, of course, no shortage of hacking and coughing.

In most cases, these irritating afflictions pass within a week or two. But unlike a sore throat or stuffed-up nose, the common cough often lingers for weeks, even months, making it difficult for the afflicted individual to carry out a lot of pretty normal activities, from exercising to concentrating on work to getting some sleep at night. In response, many people reach for over-the-counter or even prescription drugs, but it’s not ideal to take these for long periods of time. So, are there natural remedies for the common cough? Let’s take a look.

1. Water

This is pretty straightforward — if you want to effectively fight a cold and specifically a nagging cough, you need to supply your body with enough water to keep it hydrated.

It’s important to drink lots of water because, when we suffer an upper respiratory tract infection, fluids from our nasal passages tend to leak down the throat into the lungs, often causing us to cough. By maintaining higher hydration levels, we can loosen up these fluids and reduce their chances of causing us to hack away. Additionally, providing our bodies with lots of water can help to moisten our mucous membranes, reducing the chance of dry cough.

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