These little cure-all nuts have loads of vitamins and nutrients, and they're said to help everything from mental acuity to sexual vitality. Rich in potassium, calcium and magnesium, almonds are especially known for their healing powers in respiratory illness.
Researchers note that almonds have anti-inflammatory properties, as well as antioxidant effects. The science isn't totally clear as of yet, but these tasty nuts do in some cases seem to boost the body's ability to fight respiratory disease, and they're a boon to your cardiovascular health in general [source: Harvard Health].
So when you're down with bronchitis, eat them in any form (except candy-coated or chocolate-covered). Sliver some almonds and garnish your veggies. They're good in a citrus fruit salad for a little added crunch or rubbed in a little honey, coated with cinnamon, and roasted in the oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit (162 C) for 10 to 25 minutes.
People suffering from excessive mucus during bronchitis often find that dairy products like yogurt, ice cream, butter, and milk may cause thicker, gooier phlegm that's harder to expel from the body. Reducing your intake of these products — and switching to almond milk — may thin your mucus and make it easier to breathe [source: Lung Institute].