9 Foods to Help Relieve Your Sore Throat

These 9 tips can help ease sore throat pain. (Image: Mareefe from Pexels via Pexels)

These 9 tips can help ease sore throat pain. (Image: Mareefe via Pexels)

A sore throat can be a symptom of some other illness, but it can be also caused by something as simple as a bacterial infection from a toothbrush. Either way, the resulting inflammation in the throat makes it difficult to swallow and sometimes even to speak. Although in and of itself a sore throat it is not a major illness, it can have a great impact on your daily routine by the discomfort it brings. Before going out to the drugstore to buy anti-inflammatory drugs, there are foods that can help relieve and cure throat pain as recommended by Lifehack.

Foods to help relieve your sore throat

1. Honey, garlic, ginger, and lemon

Mix honey, ground garlic, ginger, and lemon and then add this to warm water, stir, and drink it. Garlic, ginger, and lemon have an antimicrobial effect that will kill the bacteria while the honey will help to repair the tissue in your throat. This mixture is also helpful for other problems of the mouth and stomach.

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The garlic, ginger and lemon will cure a sore throat's infection. (Image: Marco Verch via flickr CC BY 2.0 )
A drink made with garlic, ginger, honey, and lemon will cure a sore throat infection. (Image: Marco Verch via Flickr)

2. Saltwater

The method of gargling with warm salt water has been around for decades. The sodium in the salt can alleviate pain on the inner wall of the throat and also relieve congestion.

Gargling warm salt water soothes throat pain. (Image: Stock Catalog via flickr CC BY 2.0 )
Gargling warm salt water soothes throat pain. (Image: Stock Catalog via Flickr)

3. Chicken soup

When there is intense pain in the throat, drinking a bowl of delicious chicken soup can be the best way to boost one’s spirit. The onion and garlic in the chicken soup will not only help soothe the pain, but it also helps clear the respiratory tract.

Chicken soup eases sore throat pain. (Image: HM Grand Central Hotel from Pexels via Pexels)
Chicken soup eases sore throat pain. (Image: HM Grand Central Hotel via Pexels)

4. Apple cider vinegar

Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and honey in warm water and drink it. This will moisturize the throat. Drinking no more than five cups per day of this concoction can reduce swelling in the throat and treat the infection.

Apple cider vinegar and honey will help cure a sore throat. (Image: The University of Chicago Medicine via The University of Chicago Medicine)
Apple cider vinegar and honey will help cure a sore throat. (Image: via The University of Chicago Medicine)

5. Bananas

A ripe banana is soft and non-acidic, so it does not irritate the throat when swallowed. Bananas provide essential nutrients such as vitamin B6, vitamin C, and potassium to help repair throat tissue.

The nutrients in bananas helps repair throat tissue. (Image: Jacqui Brown via flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)
The nutrients in bananas help repair throat tissue. (Image: Jacqui Brown via Flickr)

6. Carrots

Carrots contain a lot of antioxidant nutrients and vitamin C, which repairs damaged tissues. Boil the carrots until they are soft to make them easier to swallow.

The vitamin C in carrots repairs damaged tissues. (Image: Suzy Hazelwood from Pexels via Pexels)
The vitamin C in carrots repairs damaged tissues. (Image: Suzy Hazelwood via Pexels)

7. Oatmeal

Oatmeal contains a lot of soluble fiber and protein that can expedite throat recovery. Adding a banana to your bowl will add its benefits too.

The soluble fiber in oatmeal assists in healing a sore throat. (Image: Renee Comet / CC0 1.0)
The soluble fiber in oatmeal assists in healing a sore throat. (Image: via Wikimedia Commons)

8. Scrambled eggs

Scrambled eggs are rich in protein that can reduce the inflammation of a sore throat. Remember to avoid adding too much seasoning, which may irritate your throat.

The protein in eggs reduces the inflammation of a sore throat. (Image: Rob Galloway via flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)
The protein in eggs reduces the inflammation of a sore throat. (Image: Rob Galloway via Flickr)

9. Cabbage

Cabbage also contains antioxidants, such as vitamin C and vitamin K, that can reduce bacterial infection and pain. Eating cabbage mixed with apple cider vinegar is not only delicious, but also very helpful in treating a sore throat.

The vitamins in cabbage reduces bacterial infection. (Image: Willis Lam via flickr CC BY-SA 2.0)
The vitamins in cabbage reduce bacterial infection. (Image: Willis Lam via Flickr)

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