Some Natural Therapies for Sore Throat

Diseases and health problem have dominated human beings healthy life. On average 20% of the household income is spent on medicines excluding the doctor fees and other health check-ups. The most common problems are diabetes, obesity, blood pressure, arthritis, cold flu, thyroid, hair fall and skin problems. While selecting the suitable remedy or preventive method most of us want fast and easy way so we lean towards medicine and ignore the natural therapy method. But now gradually the trend is seen changing. People have started taking benefits of natural products along with their pharmaceutical medicines. Actually it is like that they have reduced the dosage of medicine and have started consuming natural products. A day will come when again world will totally incline towards ayurvedic or natural treatment. High cost is not the only negative side of pharmaceutical medicines but it has side effects on different organs of the body as well. For example painkillers which we eat very commonly if we have headache, stomach ache or joints pain are very harmful for our kidneys and heart. We are so much dependent on medicines that now we have lost the sufferance power. There is one major drawback of pharmaceutical drug i.e if you have a pain you eat painkiller without knowing the exact reason for the pain. The painkiller drug masks your original problem and reliefs you temporally by erasing the symptom. This leads to growth of real problem creating a dark future for you. Lets discuss some problems and their remedy as an example.

Sore throat- sore throat can be due to infection or dryness of throat or it can be a symptom of other problems like lung disease. If its due to infection then it will get cure in 3 to 4 days and if it is a symptom then it may prolong for more than a week. A very simple remedy of sore throat is gargling with warm water adding a pinch of salt in it. Intake of liquids to avoid dehydration, also drink warm water by boiling basil leaves in it. These are the best sore throat remedies.

Kidneys- kidneys are one of the most important functioning organ of our body which clears out waste of our body and purifies the blood. It is very important to keep them healthy to let their proper functioning. So one should drink atleast 8 glasses of water to let kidneys flush out toxic and other waste from your body. Kidneys produce sodium bicarbonate to neutralize the acid in our body. If you feel that kidneys are not functioning properly then you can have some baking soda to neutralize acid in your body.

Junk Food and Effects

As you step out of your home you will find a vendor selling something or the other junk food item. As the name suggests junk is something which is discarded, is of no use and is rubbish. So is junk food. Over a decade eating habits of people have changed drastically. The nutrition in daily food intake is decreasing whereas dose of medicines and food supplements are increasing. As a result the health is getting affected severely. Diseases like diabetes, obesity, blood pressure, thyroid, hormonal imbalance have become very common, not only in adults but in children and youngsters as well. People are forgetting the importance of health,” A beautiful gift of God” and the main focus of today’s generation is to earn money. Half of their life is spent running and struggling and when its time to enjoy with the money earned, that money is spent of medicines and other health treatments. Earlier the scenario was such that male member of the family use to go out and earn money whereas female was suppose to be at home taking care of the food and other necessary things. But now time is such that both the genders work and there is no time to concentrate on what you are eating and how much nutritional value does your food has.

This is the reason why people have started eating more of junk food and the habits is automatically being transfer to their kids and are becoming their favorites. Some of the junk foods which are very common are pizza, burger, chips, cold drinks, pasta, wraps, frankies, French fries, sandwhiches, rolls, pasteries, doughnuts etc, these junk foods create health problems like

·         Higher blood sugar levels also called diabetes is the most common health problem and every second person living on earth has diabetes and it is increasing in children as well.

·         Sore throat is another problem which is very common. Junk food is mostly fried and spicy which causes sore throat infections. Sore throat remedies are available at home only.

·         Heart disease is also another reason of junk food. Due to presence of high cholesterol risk of heart disease increases.

·         Stomach and other infections due to unhygienic quality of junk food in children are frequent to see.

·         Kidney stones

·         High blood pressure

·         Fatigue

·         Obesity

·         Risk of cancer

·         Kidney stones etc.

We should avoid eating junk food and should discourage the habit in our children also. Once in a while eating outside is normal but we should keep in mind that if we are eating out then the place should be clean and tidy and preparation should be healthy and hygienic.

BEFORE YOU HAVE A SORE THROAT

SEASON CHANGE!! Scratchiness in your throat? Discomfort while swallowing?? If yes, you are suffering from sore throat, a very common problem that can be painful and annoying at times.

A sore throat usually has following symptoms:

• Muffled voice

• Pain that causes difficulty in swallowing

• Dry throat

• Scratchy sensation in your throat

• A running nose

• Headache

• Muscle aches

• Cough

• Inflammation ( redness and swelling) in your throat
And just when you realize that you are going through one of the above symptoms, you are suffering from a sore throat.

WHAT CAUSES SORE THROAT?

A sore throat is mainly caused due the Viral infection or Bacterial infection. Most of the sore throats are caused due to viral infection and do not respond easily to the medication. This kind of sore throat usually comes along with flu, common cold, fever, running nose.  A bacterial sore throat is caused due to bacteria called Streptococcus which causes an infection in the throat that leads to difficulty in swallowing and even speaking. A sore throat caused due to these bacteria is therefore named as Strep throat. Such kind of sore throats do not respond to the naturally homemade Sore Throat Remedies but needs to be cured using antibiotics.

WHAT A FACT!!!

Statistics reveal that nearly 70% of the sore throat disappears on its own with the help of Sore Throat Remedies that can be arranged at home.

ANTIBIOTICS – A BIG NO!! SWITCH ON TO SOME

HOMEMADE SORE THROAT REMEDIES

 

Antibiotics are not usually recommended when you have a sore throat until and unless its severe and you are on a verge of some serious infection. If a sore throat is not that major, following Sore Throat Remedies can be of great help in curing a sore throat:

• Put a tablespoon of salt or a pinch of garlic in a glass of lukewarm water and gargle for at least 4-5 times a day.

• Instead of using water while gargling, you can use beta-dine.

• Hot lemonade mixed with honey gives you an instant relief.

Ginger and Honey for Sore Throat – You can also have 1 spoon of honey mix with ginger juice. But it should be taken once a day because it’s very strong.

 

• A warm cup of herbal tea can provide immediate soothing relief to your throat.

• Soup has an added benefit when you are sick. While in sore throat you cannot swallow or chew food easily, soups are the best that you can have while having a sore throat.

A freshly made chicken soup is considered to be one of the best Sore Throat Remedies .

“The sodium in the Broth has anti-inflammatory property”- An expert

• According to anecdotal reports, modern-day marshmallows can help ease sore throat pain, possibly because the gelatin coats and soothes.

SALVATION LIES WITHIN- SELF CARE TIPS:

Other than the Sore Throat Remedies mentioned above, you can use the following self care tips:

• Avoid eating or drinking hot stuff as it may irritate your throat.

• Avoid smoking.

• Drink enough water

• Gargle regularly

“The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.” – Voltaire

Some Home Based Sore Throat Remedies

Are you suffering from pain in the throat? Irritation and tonsils? Then here is a solution.

Sore throat is an initial symptom of cold and fever. However, if steps are taken to treat it immediately, then one can save itself from huge course of medicines. Sore throat generally is accompanied by runny nose and chest congestion.
In many cases sore throat gets better on its own whereas in some it gets severe. Sore throat is caused due to streptococcus bacteria, dryness of throat due to cold air entering throat continuously, certain viruses etc. severe sore throat leads to painful tonsils, chest infection, and accumulation of mucus leading to congestion and inflammation. In addition sore throat symptoms includes headache, sneezing, cough, mild fever and in some case body pains and swelling in throat.
Sore Throat Remedies

Sore Throat Remedies

So now there are ways to get relief from sore throat and pain caused or you can say it as sore throat remedies:-
1. Drink lukewarm water, it helps relieve pain.
2. Gargle with warm salt water 3-4 times a day.
3. Drink green tea, it lowers down the swelling.
4. Cough when you feel like; do not hold it back as it will only make you uncomfortable.
5. Take bath with hot steaming water to clear your sinuses.
6. You can use humidifier in your room to add moisture as cold dry air increases throat irritation. 7. Drink hot soups. 8. Avoid cola drinks and other cold drinks like juices.
9. Take 1 tablespoon of honey and one teaspoon of ginger juice, mix it and take it twice in a day, it helps killing germs.
10 do not eat or drink dairy products as it leads to build up of mucus.
11. Give rest to your throat and don’t talk too much.
12. If possible, gargle with vodka, it helps fighting infection and kill germs.
13 you can also take steam, in steamer ad water and let it boil, then add vicks into the boiling water and then inhale the steam by covering your head with towel so that the steam doesn’t go away in the air.
The above mentioned were some home made sore throat remedies. If you have severe sore throat and the above remedies are not giving any benefit or you do not see any improvement then you should see the doctor and take the course of anti-biotic medicine as prescribed by your doctor. And there are also some sweet medicinal candies available to relieve strep throat or sore throat.
As we say that “prevention is better than cure”, keeping this in mind it is suggested to treat your sore throat at initial stage because if not then it may take the face of major and serious diseases like, asthma, thyroid, pneumonia, and even cancer in rare cases. Also, it is advisable to stay as much as you can in isolation, so that you don’t spread the bacteria in the air or it is not transferred to anyone else in the house especially small children because they are sensitive.

Sore Throat Problem, Causes and Home Made Remedies

Throat technically known as pharynx is created for multifunctional job. It carries food from mouth to stomach, helps inhaling air when your nose is blocked during cold and flu also it helps in speaking and voice modulation. You must have had sore throat many a times in life which may be due to viral infection or bacterial infection. Many a times it is cured on its own but in some severe cases sore throat remedies and treatment is required. But did you know that because throat and stomach are connected many problems of throat are occurring because of stomach.

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Considering different tasks that throat perform would you like to be one with sore throat or bad throat. Especially for people who earn their living through their throat, here we talk about singers, professional vocalists, speakers, debaters etc. The symptoms of throat problem may be thick mucus, cough, clearing of throat, swelling, inflammation, pain while swallowing, which may affect life of such people greatly. These problems can bring voice deformity like, roughness in voice, uneven pitch, cracking of sound.

Besides variety of viral and bacterial infections one of the other causes of throat problem is stomach acid. We eat range of foods in a day which produce acid in our stomach and when we sleep at night the production of acid is double at that time. The traveling of acid in a wrong direction, i.e. upward towards throat causes voice problem. Many patients are surprised to know that this kind of reaction in stomach has cause them sore throat and fail to understand that how acid reflux occurred. They are unaware of the fact that acid reflux is very normal in all human being and occurs 40-50 times a day. We do not generally feel the consequences because our esophagus (limb connecting stomach and throat) adapts to deal with the reflux.

So, now when we have understood that our body is very complex and all the organs have effect on each other, we also need to understand the lifestyle in which we are living. Our eating habits are affecting our health daily. And with each day we are coming close to some or the other health problems, come temporary and some permanent. The problem with today’s generation is that we check on our diet after being affected by some health problem where as precautions should be taken before hand, so that we shouldn’t face any consequences. Do you smoke? Do you consume diet rich in caffeine, fat, mint, alcohol, citrus acid? If yes then start keeping control on food rich in these categories as they contribute in production of high acidic fluid in our stomach. Caffeine and alcohol being number 1 on list is the greater offender.

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Changes in eating habits if not enough then in addition exercising and taking antacid daily can be the treatment to cure throat and voice problem.  Even after this entire process if the problem persists for more than two weeks then you should immediately consult a doctor and take medicine prescribed by him. As they say that, “Prevention is better than cure.” We should adapt this saying and make our life healthy and beautiful.

Sore Throat Remedies – Food to avoid for a sore throat

Sore throat as discussed earlier is a very uncomfortable condition, no matter if it is mild or severe. While going through the period of sore throat we always wonder what wrong have i eaten to get this sore throat. It is very obvious that some foods can worsen your sore throat even by eating them once or in a very little quantity. Let’s discuss some sore throat remedies, foods which a person with sore throat would surely like to avoid.

Food to avoid during Sore Throat Problem

• Avoid eating sour food. Sour eatables can just be bad if not worse to increase your pain and scratchiness in the throat. Some of the sour products which one commonly eat or drink are candy, fruits like orange and grapes, lemonade etc. For that matter even a slightly sour product should be avoided like cranberry juice or fruits like pineapple, litchi.

• The other taste category of food which is spicy should definitely be avoided. Spicy food can sometime also become a reason for sore throat. Some people are affected easily but some does not even get affected. Some of the spicy food to be avoided is pickles, gol-gappas, salsa sauce etc.

• Any food item which you find is difficult to swallow should be avoided. Like some dry fruits, popcorn, dried out cereals etc. these foods further when goes into the throat becomes scratchy and irritates your throat and ultimately you tend to cough. These products can however be consumed, as an alternative you can always change the form of food like you can put dried out cereals into milk and then consume it. Always try to have foods which are soft and moist so that it can easily go down your throat.

• Fried food is another category to be avoided while suffering from sore throat. Fried foods are generally crispy, crunchy and hard in quality which is again difficult to swallow. Moreover when any crunchy thing you eat goes through your throat. It irritates you even more.

• Wrong temperature of food (weather too hot or too cold) also plays a major role in worsening the sore throat. For example when you eat ice cream you can let it melt a bit or when you drink hot coffee or soup you should let it be little cool similarly can drink soft drink or juice without ice.

• Products containing caffeine like coffee and soda drinks are very harmful not only during sore throat but otherwise also. These products increase the problem of your throat and can also lead to thyroid and diabetes.

• Other foods and drinks to avoid during sore throat are acidic foods like vinegar, alcohol, chilly food, frozen food etc.

Some foods which should be eat in sore throat

 

• Banana:-  banana being a soft fruit in easy to swallow and moreover it’s a non-acidic fruit.

• A bowl of chicken soup:- chicken soup is very good for sore throat as it has quality ti fight the bacteria build up in the throat.

• Lemon juice and honey mixture:- it is a very old remedy to relieve sore throat. It reduces inflammation thus leaving you feel better.

• Eggs:- scrambled egg or white egg is easy o digest and helps fight inflammation. It is rich in proteins and very healthy.

• Tea:- ginger or honey tea are excellent to calm you sore throat. While sipping a tea inhale the steam, it is very beneficial.

So above were some eat and not to eat foods for sore throat. If you have any suggestions or views about the above article, then kindly comment in the box below and to know more about sore throat and it’s home made remedies kindly go through sore throat Remedies blogs.

Understanding Sore Throat Treatment

Life is becoming fast and complex. With busy work schedules and the parallel running personal life is making people find short cut to everything be it their office route, work assignment, promotion at work or their “FOOD”. The present generation is ignoring the major asset called “HEALTH”. Junk food and [censored] y eatables have become the part of the meals today which is why in early age children are suffering from problems like obesity, asthma and other respiratory and gastronomical problems. Today’s generation has made fast food elixir of life but they cannot be put to fault completely as the present fast life and commercialization has made them addicted to such eating habits. Also Junk and [censored] y food as almost replaced the meal of youngsters. Any get-together, party, reunions are incomplete without the presence of such eatables.

The major reason for this shift to junk food is the influence of western culture. Adopting western style is not a bad thing but we are forgetting that no doubt west is very much dependent upon junk for their meals but even the Junk food available there carries nutritive value. The eatables available there have to p[censored] various hygiene and nutritive standards. Where as in India such checks are missing which is why the impact can be seen on wider scale.

When we talk about the harmful effect of our present eating style the list is quite big . To be precise it is making the young generation face various health problems which were not even heard of in early times.

We must understand the requirement of our body if we want it to function well throughout .In earlier times young and old never depended upon cosmetics to look good. Their healthy diets made there faces and skin shine but the generation today cannot think of moving out without the artificial shine on which comes from the expensive cosmetics.

Another major problem which we see is Obesity, which is seen in both young and old which, in itself invites many other health troubles. Constipation is another common problem that we see around.

Also the immunity of our body to fight against diseases and infections has also reduced which makes us prone to various infections like common cold etc. Every other youngster that we come across is anemic.

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So fast food or excessive [censored] y food can be called “FAKE FOOD” which gives you all the contentment for that particular moment but harms you badly in long run. We don’t say that one must not have it as we are humans and we require change. But the basic essentials of the meals should be taken care of. A child should be taught healthy eating habits right from the birth and HOME plays a major institute where one can learn such healthy habits .Parents must focus on healthy diet of the child. Also government must keep a check on the eatables available in the market and also a check must be kept on quality of food.

Home made sore throat remedies