I have slightly weak lungs. During moments of respiratory distress like hard cough, recovery is usually longer compared to others. My mother told me that I had asthma attacks when I was small that’s why I am always isolated from potential allergens such a black smoke fumes from vehicles and fireworks, fine animal furs and thick dusts. During those bad times of hard cough and other respiratory-related sickness, breathing (which is the most important and basic thing a human must do) is really taxingly hard and physically exhausting – sleep is hard, few actions will make me catch my breath and every second is an ordeal.

Currently, I am living on my own in Quezon City. I have to move here since UPOU’s learning center is here and my office is also located in QC. I immediately noticed that upon move-in, my eyes don’t get irritated as much as before and I seldom get sick, and the better part, I am not having hard cough anymore. I am happy because unconsciously, I was able to “get rid off” allergens or elements that are affecting my physical health.

Apparently, my asthma and hard coughs are triggered by certain kinds of allergens. For others, it is triggered by fickle-minded weather, lack of nutrients in their diet or can be exposure and infection of bacteria.  No matter how healthy we are, avoiding cough and common cold (and other typical respiratory illnesses) is really next to impossible to the point that we are somehow considering them as part of being a human. Below are some home remedies from Health Me up to fight cold and cough:

  1. Lukewarm water. Drinking lukewarm water reduces the throat inflammation and it replenishes fluids in the body and helps in washing out infections in our system.
  2. Ginger tea. This tea is known to ease the problems brought by cold and cough such as itching of the throat, phlegm build-up (aids in expulsion) and congestion of mucus in nose.
  3. Gargle therapy. Salt-water gargle plus turmeric fight cough and its accompanied throat itch.
  4. Ginger “candy”. Cut ginger into julians and add honey and bit of salt, chew and consume to relief itching and sore throat. It also fights col.
  5. Fruit juices. Apart from the fact that fruit juices are natural, filled with nutrients and refreshing, freshly-prepared fruit (better if mixed with vegetables) speeds up recovery and replenishes lost fluids in the body.

It is better to be in a preventive stance than curative, so below are some of the tips from Web MD for avoiding cough and other respiratory-related diseases:

  1. Always wash your hands with soap and clean water.
  2. Try to avoid getting close to people who are infected.
  3. Keep surroundings clean and as much as possible, stay away from areas that have lots of pollutants.
  4. Keep a healthy lifestyle and exercise regularly.
  5. Eat variety of food rich in nutrients.

People who embrace healthy eating, exercise regularly and maintain cleaner lifestyle are less vulnerable from respiratory-related sickness and other forms of common diseases in our country compared to those who have poor eating habit and sedentary lifestyle. In this modern time where stress are almost everywhere, plus the continuous evolution and revolution of viruses and bacteria, it is important to follow basic yet effective measures and actions to avoid catching a disease. A person with healthy body, mind and emotion is capable of doing more compared to those who aren’t unhealthy within. Curing a disease is about ten times more expensive than preventing one, hence the famous quote “prevention is better than cure”.


Remedios, Trina. 2013. Health Me Up. 15 Best Home Remedies for Common Cold and Cough. Retrieved from http://healthmeup.com/photogallery-healthy-living/15-best-home-remedies-for-common-cold-and-cough/23712/7 on July 9, 2015

Redfearn, Suz. Web MD. Stay Healthy This Year: 6 Tips for Avoiding Cold and Flu. Retrieved from http://symptoms.webmd.com/cold-and-flu-map-tool/avoid-cold-flu on July 9, 2015