Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sore Throat

Since it's starting to get progressively colder I figured I would do a post on something that afflicts a lot of people, sore throats. As we transition from warm weather to cold we sometimes tend to forget to cover up well. I have always been a sufferer of sore throats for as long as I can remember and have found ways to minimize them.
One important thing I always keep in mind is to either carry a scarf or a hat and at best both. You lose the most body heat from your head which is why a hat is important. If you forget a hat or don't want to wear one for vanity reasons then always be sure to take a scarf. Cold air escapes easily when your clothing isn't insulated and keeping your body heat. Without a scarf you walk around with an open space that lets air out. Also you can wrap a scarf around your head and neck if its long enough which will help some at keeping out the cold air. For that reason I love to wear pashmina scarves, they're long and a good thickness, I always try to have one handy.

Now if you do happen to get a sore throat then these are some of the things that I do to prevent it from getting worse. It's always effective, natural and easy.

Remedy 1: You will need; lime juice

I always have a bottle of lime juice in my pantry but if you don't then squeezing out the juice of lime is just as good.
Make sure to gargle the juice so that it coats the back of the throat, then spit it out and gargle some cold water if you want. You can gargle and then swallow the lime juice also, it will coat your throat more and its natural so not harmful to you. 

Remedy 2: You will need; salt and water  

Mixing equal parts salt and water you are going to gargle it for about a minute making sure it coats the back of your throat. After just spit and rinse your mouth with some water if you want to get rid of the taste. If you want to swallow instead of spitting it out that's your choice, it definitely is a strong taste. I've only done it a handful of times when my throat has felt  and looked pretty bad.

Remedy 3: You need, lime juice,water and salt

This one is just a mix of the first two remedies and its just as effective as both individually. You can gargle or swallow the mixture either way it works.

Remedy 4: You will need Listerine and water

This is another remedy that I've used a couple of times, it's been effective but I prefer the other remedies better. Nonetheless if you don't mind it then this is a good short term remedy. I like to add a little bit of water to slightly thin out the listerine. I gargle it for about a minute or two and then spit it out. I have swallowed a tiny bit of listerine itself but in general I don't like doing it.

So here are my tips on getting rid of a sore throat, I always use these whenever I feel the slightest discomfort in my throat. It's always been very effective and by using this in conjunction with proper attire doctors visits are remarkably reduced. I rarely make doctors visits for throat infections anymore and its a godsend being able to deal with it.