I have huge tonsils. It's true! My doctor once told me I could get them removed any time I felt willing to schedule a surgery (but who wants to schedule an elective surgery with a 6-8 week recovery?). Day-to-day my tonsils don't affect me too intensely, but if I get sick, they cause a pretty dramatic sore throat. There are a number of causes for sore throat and each cause will necessitate slightly different care, but there are a few ways to tend to the throat that applies across the board. If you or anyone in your care suffers from intense sore throats during cold and flu season or as a result of allergies, I want to share a few basic tips that are probably no-brainers today. But here's the thing about no-brainers: reminding ourselves of obvious care techniques can lead to actually applying that care consistently rather than keeping it in the realm of "should". Right?
Drink warm, hydrating liquids
The warmth will help any phlegm or other unwanted buildup to loosen and staying hydrated helps the lymphatic system to do it's job of ridding the body of toxins (not to mention the 9,000 other benefits of proper hydration).
Stick to an anti-inflammatory diet
This primarily means avoiding sugar, as it causes inflammation in the body (yes, even in the throat) and can also feed any unwanted bacteria growing there. [Note: if you have a sweet tooth and prefer warm beverages of the sweeter variety, you can add a splash of acidity if appropriate...for example, in the apple cider pictured here, I added a splash of apple cider vinegar.]
When all else fails, resting the body is one of the most healing things we can do for it...in fact, before all else fails, we should turn to rest. Especially in the case of a sore throat, less strain should lead to quicker healing.
Hopefully you're tucking these tips in your back pocket for prevention purposes, but if you are suffering from throat pain today, I wish you a speedy recovery! Happy hydrating, happy resting.