Feel a Cough or Cold Coming On? Eat a Pear!

By Cheryl Murphy, Editor of Holistic Nutrition on AllThingsHealing.com

Fall is the perfect time of year to munch down on a pear, so take a moment to sink your teeth into the juicy fruit and feel the energizing health benefits sprawling throughout the body. The pear, savored by most of the world cultures since the Stone Age, can heal with cooling compounds, excrete phlegm and cleanse the body of toxins.

Eating a pear is a stellar way to prevent colds and coughs from happening during fall and winter seasons. Known as a super fruit in some regions of the world, the pear holds precious cooling compounds to energize the lungs, keeping the area moist and free of bacteria. The pear can help excrete phlegm, as well. The fruit is packed with potent nutrients and can help prevent chronic ailments.

Have you ever bit into a juicy, crunchy pear and all of a sudden felt a rush of energy, health and refreshment? Perhaps that is due to its health benefits. Besides being an excellent source of vitamins such as C and K, the pear holds potent nutrients and minerals along with cooling properties, healing many ailments including coughs and colds.

Coughs and Colds

Colds and coughs usually find their way into the body from August through April when humidity levels drop in the air. A cold or cough within the body is usually your bodyís way of telling you that it needs to rid excess toxins, waste and bacteria overgrowth. Over 66 million Americans catch colds per year and catching a cold in the fall usually signifies the lungs are being challenged. If a cough is happening, the body is trying to release unwanted toxins to cleanse itself. There is usually an energy imbalance or stagnation, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. So it is best to harmonize with the body than fight it. Allow it to bring harmony and balance on its own and speed the recovery process with diet and natural remedies. Adding pears, which are in season from August through October, to the diet can boost immunity, release toxins and deliver all that is needed to keep colds and coughs away.

History of the Pear

The pear has been around since the Stone Age. The Chinese cultivate more pears than anywhere in the world, but pears are in abundant supply in the United States and Italy. Pears have been presented as a luxury delicacy and also referred to as the “gift of the gods.” Pears have a multiple of varieties including the common Bosc, Anjou, Bartlett and Seckel. The pear works as an anti-inflammatory in the respiratory system, and they help maintain moisture in the lungs. Pears, due to their sour properties, help eliminate phlegm. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, when the lungs take in dry, pathogenic factors, then the intestines and other areas of the body get involved. Since the pear is a cooling food, it helps prevents lung damage and adds moisture to the lungs and prevents bacteria. If you are a smoker, eating pears is one way to help prevent the lungs from disease.

Other Benefits of the Pear

Pears add approximately three grams of water, non-soluble fiber to the diet. The fiber binds to unwanted toxins and bacterium in the colon and leads the way out of the body, reducing the onset of heart disease, cancer and Type-2 Diabetes. The fiber in pears also helps reduce cholesterol.

Appetites usually diminish with coughs and colds. However, it is important to drink plenty of fluids. Eating pears can be a refreshing way to gain nutrients and help rid the ailments. It is also crucial to communicate with a medical practitioner to properly diagnose the illness and proceed with any additional care.

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Caroline B.
Caroline B2 years ago

My favourite fruit!

Karen S.
Karen S4 years ago

Worth a try.

Anne F.
Anne F4 years ago

great addition - we got gift pears, so will enjoy them even more knowing they are good for us!

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra4 years ago

Thank you Dr. Neala Peake, for Sharing this!

Madeline L.
Madeline L4 years ago

My acupuncturist recommended that I eat pears for healthy lungs!

LMj Sunshine
James Merit4 years ago

Interesting, thank you.

LMj Sunshine
James Merit4 years ago

Interesting, thank you.

d b.
aa b4 years ago

do this mean a pear of apples is that we live twice as long ?

Ree O.
Ree O4 years ago

I go through phases of eating pears. Thanks for the article :)

Elizabeth O.
Elizabeth O4 years ago

Thanks for the article.