Come winter and the one thing we all feel is a ‘sore throat’. Sometimes painful and terribly annoying, sore throat can often ruin the appetite as it pains and causes discomfort when swallowing down the chewed food. Thus, to ease this discomfort and increase your appetite, here is a list of some foods that can provide some relief to the sore throat. All these foods are easily available in your kitchen and can help a lot. Take a look. (Images courtesy: iStock)
You already knew about this one of course. But we can’t say it enough: staying hydrated is very important to combat a sore throat. The wonderful thing about tea is that you can mix calming or anti-inflammatory substances through it. Try, for example, ginger, cinnamon, mint, camomile, sage, liquorice or rosemary.
Garlic contains the substance allicin. This substance has anti-inflammatory properties and kills the bacteria that cause your sore throat. Apart from that, garlic can also help you get rid of a cold. How do you eat it? Finely chop a garlic glove and put it into your broth.
Now, this might come as a surprise but cold smoothies can actually help you during this condition. A smoothie might have the necessary minerals and vitamins that you might not be getting due to this sore throat. You can make a smoothie with a large number of fresh fruits, oatmeal, fresh ginger, a pinch of turmeric, water or plant-based milk, and ice cubes. Just blend them all very well, and you will have a nice smoothie that can help you get better again.
Believe it or not, many people associated with the music industry use this remedy to clear their voices. All you need to do is take a small piece of this root and just place it in between your teeth and let it release its juice. When you suck this Licorice juice, it will not help you soothe the throat but even can help In reducing coughing.
A warm bowl of oatmeal is easy to eat and is rich in antioxidants, zinc, and magnesium. Additionally, oatmeal is easy to combine with a lot of different healthy things. Try adding some mashed banana for example for a little bit of extra vitamin C. Top off your bowl of oatmeal with some honey, cinnamon and a bit of ginger, super healthy!
Turmeric, ginger and cinnamon work like miracles for your throat as they have a relaxing and anti-inflammatory effect on your throat. You can put these wonderful spices in your oatmeal, tea, smoothie or even normal food, if able to eat. You’ll see it really helps!
Honey is known for its soothing properties. But that’s not all! This soothing substance also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Luckily, honey tastes great, which makes it a nice addition to your tea or smoothie. You can, of course, also just eat a spoonful of honey just like that. It will work like a miracle and help ease the throat pain.