Updated: Sep 16, 2020
"What foods should I use to soothe my throat?"
A sore throat can leave you incapacitated for several days. When your doctor clears you of strep, you still have to deal with the pain. I believe that you can do a lot to support your body when you are sick. None of these are expensive or difficult to do, and use common household foods.
5 Soothing Sore Throat Remedies:
Vegetable broth is full of minerals, and chicken broth gives some welcome fats that will soothe your throat. Warm fluids are always welcome.
Give your immune system a great boost of antioxidants with. Freshly squeezed orange juice is too caustic for your throat, but you can put a packet of EmergenC for that punch of power.
If you have someone caring for you, have them divide a squash, scoop out the seeds, and bake it for an hour, face down in a dish with a half inch of water. (You'll know it's done when the skin on top starts to wrinkle and is soft to touch.) Scoop it out, put in the blender with coconut milk. This is one of the most soothing delicious and nutritious foods you can eat. Mmmmmm
4) Honey Juice
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar + 1/2 cup honey + water. Use raw honey if you have it because of its anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. The vinegar assists with breaking up congestion. Try drinking this hot or cold.
5) Toast with garlic butter
You will likely want something to eat other than broth and squash. So, put an entire bulb of garlic in the oven when baking your squash. After an hour, cut off the base. The cloves can be squeezed out like soft butter. Use this on your toast. Garlic is a natural antibiotic and tastes delicious. Don't worry about the garlic breath, no one is going to want to come near you when you are this sick!
Also, don't forget other important comfort measures, like thick socks, a warm afghan and a good movie. When you are sleeping, Prop & Mist! Claim the recliner, and set up a cool mist humidifier. Congestion is likely to force you to become a mouth breather, and without moisture in the air, you will wake up in the middle of the night, with a throat feeling like sandpaper. When you get up in the morning, get in a hot shower and deep breathe. This will work the moisture into your lungs to help break up the phlegm. Coughing up that phlegm will really help. The shower will also soothe your muscles. Even though you don't want to get up, get up anyway and into the shower! You will be glad you did.
5 Things to Avoid
1) Avoid Dairy
Hard cheeses are tough to chew and digest. Rely on FERMENTED DAIRY which will support your gut microbiome.
2) Avoid Work
Yep. You need to rest. Do not go to work. Remember the last time someone came to work coughing on everyone? Don't be that person. Stay home, recuperate in peace. Instead of work, go to the URGENT CARE. This will give you a doctor's evaluation, note and legal support.
3) Avoid Exercise
Some of you are die-hard exercise enthusiasts. You will only weaken your body by exercising when you are sick. What doesn't kill you, will not make you stronger in this case. SLEEP. Drink fluids. Respect your body.
4) Avoid Alcohol
This is a toxic blend of sugar and disrespect. It reduces your microcirculation, which means less blood flow to tissues throughout the body. Alcohol also leaves you dehydrated, making your recovery longer and more painful. TEA with HONEY is your friend.
5) Avoid Takeout food
Easy home delivery - yes. Good for recovery - no. This is the time to eat small simple meals. By reducing digestive demands, you mobilize energy to fight the sore throat.
Remember that you are resting your body and your spirit. Be kind and loving to yourself. ~ Rose