Acute bronchitis


Acute bronchitis is a deep, wet, or dry cough that comes on bad lingers after an infection, such as a cold, sinusitis, or flu. The cough, which may start out dry and then turn productive, is the body's way of expelling infected mucus (Phlegm) from the lungs.


  • A cough that may start out dry but that turns deep and productive, with thick clear or yellow mucus
  • It usually follows a viral infection
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Long bouts of acute bronchitis that recur frequently
  • A persistent, constant cough that's worse upon waking
  • Breathless
  • Wheezing

Root Causes

Acute bronchitis:
  • Food or environmental allergens, causing excess mucus in the lungs
  • Viral infection
Chronic bronchitis:
  • Smoking or exposure to second-hand smoke
  • Food Allergies
  • Environmental irritants (especially dust, pollen, animal dander, or mold)
  • Cold, damp, foggy weather

Food to Avoid

Eliminate foods that encourage mucus production: dairy products, chocolate, and bananas, as well as processed, refined, fried, and junk foods. Avoid simple sugars, as they suppress immune function.


To thin mucus secretions, drink a glass of clean water every two waking hours. Homemade chicken soup also thins mucus. Add garlic or ginger for flavor and immune support.