Sore throats beware!!

sore throat

When you have a sore throat, the burning uncomfortable feeling it causes can make it hard to drink and eat.  Whilst many of us go straight for the over counter remedies or worse bother the G.P. for antibiotics – which by the way, G.P’s are told not to prescribe for things like sore throats, why not try a home remedy!  Listed are eight foods to soothe a sore throat!

Lemon and Honey – put the kettle on and squeeze fresh lemon juice into the water and then add a spoonful of honey – mmmm your very own home made sore throat lozenge in liquid form!

Bananas – If you are finding it difficult to swallow, mash up a banana, it’s packed full  of Vitamin C, which is known for its role in supporting a healthy immune system or pop it in a blender and make a banana smoothie.  If you are really finding it a strain, cut it into slices and freeze then you can snack on it as a cold treat later!

Eggs – Eggs are soft and will slide down your throat without any problem, scrambled is probably best although they are easy to eat whichever way they are prepared.  They contain good levels of omega fats and protein!

Sage – As far back as Egyptian times, sage has been used as a herbal remedy to reduce and soothe inflammation.  Pop the kettle on again and steep a few sage leaves in a mug of hot water!

Ice-cream – This will really soothe that burning throat.  You could also try sucking ice cubes or lollies for the same effect.  Remember not to give young children anything small and hard to suck as this increases the risk of choking!

Garlic – Garlic contains Allicin, a compound produced when garlic is crushed or chopped.  It has been found to reduce inflammation and offer antioxidant benefits as well as having antibacterial properties.  Garlic has also been shown to boost the immune system!

Chicken soup – Not just an old wive’s tale it appears to help fight colds by clearing nasal congestion as well as thinning mucus.  It also may have a mild anti-inflammatory effect. The best chicken soup is a homemade version with fresh chicken – not the canned stuff!

Cabbage – I know right!  However cabbage contains sulforaphane, kaempferol and other powerful antioxidants, helping reduce inflammation.  Half a cup of cabbage has roughly a third of the Vitamin C you need for the day!

So don’t run straight to the chemist, try one of these home remedies first!

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Peter Heale Chiropractor in Hitchin and LutonFrom the team at Heale's Chiropractic Clinics
Over 30 years of helping people in Hitchin and Luton and the surrounding areas of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire

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