Certain foods can be used to fight respiratory diseases and can have "mucokinetic" (mucus-moving) effect, similar to the commonly used decongestants and expectorants.
Like it Hot!
The best mucokinetic foods are hot and spicy. The effectiveness of these ancient remedies have been confirmed by research.
If you can tolerate it and if you do not have a health condition for which eating hot spicy food is contraindicated, here are few tips to clear up stuffy nose and lung congestion from Dr. Irwin Ziment, lung specialist from UCLA:
Some foods have proven antiviral effect.
- Enhances immune system
- Commonly called "Russian penicillin" for its widespread use in Russia and throughout Eastern Europe
- Add whole peeled garlic cloves to soup.
See also: Keeping Your Immune System Strong - What to Eat
Source: Food Your Miracle Medicine by Jean Carper