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5 Drinks That Instantly Relieve The Annoying Cough You Have

5 Drinks That Instantly Relieve The Annoying Cough You Have

Coughing happens when your body pushes air from the lungs out through the mouth. It is a reflex reaction that clears your breathing passage of any irritants, mucus, and fluid. While it is totally normal to cough on occasion, if you have a cough that lasts for several weeks, you may have a persistent cough. This can make you feel weak and fatigued, which can be seriously annoying.

Main causes of a persistent cough

Sinus infection. Sinusitus is caused by extra mucus in the throat, which can cause constant wet coughing.

Asthma. Asthma causes people to cough and weeze, making it difficult for the person to breathe. You may notice that the coughing is worse when you have been exposed to perfume, pollen, smoke, or cold air.

Pneumonia or bronchitis. These lower respiratory tract infections can cause persistent coughs, and your doctor will prescribe treatment based on the pathogen that is causing the infection.

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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. This digestive tract disease is normally caused by weak muscles between the stomach and throat, allowing acid into the esophagus. This can leave a bad taste in your mouth, as well as causing a persistent cough.

If you’re fed up with your annoying cough, try one of these 5 natural drinks to relieve your symptoms:

1. Thyme Tea

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    Thyme tea is great for a persistent annoying cough as it is rich in flavonoids that relax the throat muscles. The flavonoids will also reduce inflammation in the respiratory tract so that you cough less frequently.

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    You can use fresh or dried leave to make your own thyme tea. Simply add two teaspoons of thyme to one cup of boiled water. Cover the cup for 10 minutes, and then strain the tea, and drink. Make sure that you don’t use thyme oil in your drink, as it is toxic to consume!

    2. Salt Water

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      Salt is perfect for an annoying cough because it is antiseptic, so it will reduce inflammation in your throat. Simply mix half a teaspoon of salt with warm water and stir. Gargle the mixture for 30 seconds and spit it into the sink. Make sure that you don’t drink it because it will dehydrate you. You can do this multiple times a day.

      3. Garlic Tea

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        Garlic has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that will help to relieve your cough. Add three cloves of garlic to water in a pan and boil. When the water is cool, add a teaspoon of honey and drink the mixture. It won’t taste great, but it will help!

        4. Honey And Pepper Tea

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          Honey and black pepper can be combined to relieve the symptoms of a wet, mucus cough. The black pepper will help your body to expel the infection in your chest. The honey is antibacterial so it will help to reduce the amount of mucus. Add one teaspoon of black pepper and one tablespoon of honey to a cup of boiling water. Stir the drink and let it sit for 10 minutes before drinking. You can do this twice a day to help reduce and loosen mucus.

          5. Peppermint Tea

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            Peppermint tea contains menthol, which opens up the airways and helps to break down mucus. You can make peppermint tea using peppermint tea bags from your local store, and you can add honey and lemon juice for even better results.

            These drinks should help to relieve cold symptoms, but if your cold hasn’t gone away within three weeks, you should arrange to speak to your doctor about other forms of treatment.

            Foods And Drinks To Avoid When You Have An Annoying Cough

            If you have a cold, you should avoid consuming too much sugar because it will reduce the ability of white blood cells to fight illness. For this reason, you should avoid fruit juices, such as orange juice or apple juice.

            Alcohol should also be avoided since it dehydrates you and weakens your immune system in the process.

            Dairy products are another risky area. Dairy increases mucus production for some people, which can make your cold worse. However, some people find that ice cream soothes their throat without increasing mucus production.

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            Last Updated on March 13, 2019

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

            Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

            You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

            Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

            1. Work on the small tasks.

            When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

            Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

            2. Take a break from your work desk.

            Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

            Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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            3. Upgrade yourself

            Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

            The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

            4. Talk to a friend.

            Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

            Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

            5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

            If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

            Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

            Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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            6. Paint a vision to work towards.

            If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

            Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

            Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

            7. Read a book (or blog).

            The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

            Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

            Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

            8. Have a quick nap.

            If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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            9. Remember why you are doing this.

            Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

            What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

            10. Find some competition.

            Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

            Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

            11. Go exercise.

            Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

            Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

            As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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            Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

            12. Take a good break.

            Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

            Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

            Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

            Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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