Sore throat is a pain or irritation in the throat that becomes worse as you swallow.
“A sore throat is the primary symptom of pharyngitis — inflammation of the throat (pharynx). But the terms “sore throat” and “pharyngitis” are often used interchangeably,” describes Mayo Clinic.
They also add that sore throat is most often caused by a virus like a cold or flu. Because of the cold weather, our bodies are more susceptible to colds and the flu. Let’s take a look at 5 sore throat and cough remedies.
1. Apple cider vinegar:
ACV has potent antibacterial properties and is well known as a cold and flu remedy. It helps balance the pH in the body, which helps the immune system work more effectively.
Tip: Try gargling about 1/3 cup of ACV in warm water to help heal sore throats
2. Himalayan salt:
Salt water gargling is well known as a potent remedy for sore throat. It helps reduce inflammation and sooths the throat.
Tip: Try gargling 1/2 tsp of Himalayan salt in one-half cup of warm water
3. Lemon juice:
It is a great source of vitamin C, a potent immune booster. Lemons also have antibacterial properties.
Tip: Cut a lemon in half, sprinkle with Himalayan pink salt and black pepper, and suck on the lemon to help relieve sore throats
4. Raw honey:
A 2007 study showed that honey may help relieve coughs and trouble sleeping. A single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough. Raw honey has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties, which help fuel the immune system and heal sore throats.
Tip: Try mixing raw honey into your tea or coffee
5. Vitamin C:
Vitamin C is one of the most well known remedies and nutrients for flu prevention. It is believed to help boost the immune system and fight colds and flu.
Tip: Some of the best sources of vitamin C are bell peppers, guavas, leafy greens, kiwi, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, and tomatoes
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