We all know the problems related to a sore throat. A scratchy, irritated and burning feeling leads the chorus of symptoms, and swallowing may be nearly impossible.
No matter how healthy you are, at some point you are likely to get a sore throat for one reason or another, which is why you should keep this list of 8 foods and drinks to soothe your sore throat to refer to when you do.
Tea with Lemon
Chamomile tea and peppermint tea are ideal warm drinks when you are suffering from a sore throat. They have anti-inflammatory compounds, and chamomile will help you fall into a peaceful sleep, making it the perfect night time drink when you’re sick. Peppermint tea will soothe your throat with numbing properties, and adding lemon will provide needed Vitamin C to help boost your immune system.
One or two smoothies a day when you’re sick can actually help you maintain all your daily nutrients plus soothe your throat. Combine healthy carbs, good fats, and healthy protein with added vitamins and minerals for an entire meal in a glass.
Warm vegetable broth and chicken soup are excellent sources of antioxidants. In addition, the warm broth is soothing and the steam can open up your congested nasal passages. Add in some garlic if you want to help fight inflammation that is likely causing the tissues of your throat to swell.
Soups and broths also provide antibacterial and antiviral properties to aid with immunity. As an extra boost of anti-inflammatories, add pepper and turmeric.
Imagine how that tasty cold treat will feel on your sore throat. Be wary of pops loaded with sugar, and instead choose those with pureed fruit or fruit juice in place of those that are just sweetened with sugar or fructose. You can make your own if you feel well enough by using blueberries or tart cherries. Tart cherry juice can also help you sleep as it is one of few foods that contains natural melatonin.
Oatmeal with Mashed Bananas
Like a broth, oatmeal can be the base from which you can add other ingredients. Oatmeal contains lots of antioxidants and Vitamin C, both of which can soothe your sore throat. Stir in blueberries or other favorite fruits, plus honey, ginger, or cinnamon.
Honey acts almost like a cough suppressant. It contains anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. The best is organic, raw, or Manuka honey from New Zealand if you can find it. Add honey to oatmeal, tea, mashed sweet potatoes, or just by itself.
Honey with warm water and apple cider vinegar is another great drink to soothe your sore throat.
Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon
Loaded with Vitamin A and C plus antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, the mashed sweet potatoes are super soothing and the cinnamon gives it additional flavor. You can also add some honey or maple syrup if you desire an extra burst of sweetness.
Fresh lemons provide Vitamin C and antioxidants to help reduce throat pain. It will also increase saliva so your throat stays moist. Add some honey or salt water to soothe and assist with healing.
A common sore throat should only last a few days. If it lasts any longer and is accompanied by a fever, contact Dr. Ryan Stern immediately to seek treatment.