When the cough settles in, it can become really annoying.

Unfortunately, it is difficult to find compelling evidence that certain foods can cure cough or that a particular diet could prevent or reduce the severity of upper respiratory infections46. But, there are some natural remedies that may help to relieve the cough.


  • Did you know that honey is believed to prevent the growth of bacteria, viruses, yeast, and reduce inflammation?
  • A study has found that honey significantly reduces the frequency and severity of cough.47
  • Besides being natural, honey also tastes good!48


  • Thyme leaf has been used used for cosmetic and medical purposes across the world.
  • Traditional uses of thyme include relieving coughs and upper respiratory congestion.
  • An expert panel in Germany has approved thyme for symptoms of bronchitis, whooping cough, and inflammation of upper respiratory tract mucous membranes.49

Chicken soup

  • Chicken soup has been shown to bear anti-inflammatory properties that may help prevent certain cold symptoms.
  • Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, chicken soup has been shown to reduce cough.50


  • Ginger is a known food for cough relief as it helps prevent coughs, colds and flu and act as an immunity booster.
  • As it helps in soothing upper respiratory tract infections, ginger helps with cough, sore throats, and bronchitis.
  • Drinking it with honey and lemon is a popular cold and flu remedy.51

Spicy Food

  • You’ve heard it right! Spicy food improves your cough.
  • Capsaicin is the pungent ingredient found in chili fruits.
  • One effect of capsaicin is decreasing cough symptoms.
  • After a very spicy diet, many patients found their cough improving.52