There are many fun things that you can do in the winter. But if you’re stuck at home in bed, sick with a sore throat, this surely isn’t one of them! But don’t despair! Although it may take some days to recover when you’re ill, there are some things you can do to beat a sore throat this winter.
Winter is just around the corner. With the holidays and fun winter activities in the snow to look forward to, it’s no surprise that winter is the favourite season for a lot of people. But unfortunately, the colder time of year is also prime time for cold and flu. And before you know it, you may find yourself stuck to your bed, ill with all the awful symptoms—coughing and sneezing, fever, and a stuffy nose. Let’s be honest, is there anything more awful than being sick?
When you have been unfortunate enough to get sick in winter, you will likely also suffer from a sore throat, one of the nasty symptoms that comes with many illnesses. And just like the other symptoms when you are ill, a sore throat is caused by infection. In the winter, this normally happens due to a viral infection from the flu virus, although a sore throat can also be caused by a bacterial infection—this is when we call it a sore throat. However, the symptoms are pretty much the same, so it can be difficult to tell the two apart.
When you’re sick and have a sore throat, this comes with all sorts of symptoms that affect your throat, your tonsils, and often also your neck and jaw. Here are some of the most common symptoms:
• Pain when swallowing or talking
• Difficulties swallowing
• Hoarseness and raspy voice
• Scratchy feeling in your throat
• Red and swollen tonsils, sometimes with white patches
• Sore neck or jaw with swollen glands
Since a sore throat is usually just one symptom of a viral or bacterial infection, it is likely that you will also have other symptoms like body aches, fever, a stuffy and/or runny nose, coughing, nausea, headache, fatigue—basically the whole range of awful cold symptoms.
The good news is that a sore throat normally isn’t a serious medical condition for healthy people. Most of the time, your sore throat will disappear on its own—together with the other symptoms. It shouldn’t last longer than a week, sometimes a little longer.
Yet, with all the medical advances in our modern era, we still have no real cure for the flu or the cold. This means when you become ill, you just have to go through it and wait it out until your body has recovered. Fortunately, there are remedies that can help you ease the symptoms.
A sore throat when you’re ill can be particularly awful. After all, it can make it impossible to eat or talk without pain. But remedies such as raw honey, vitamins, ginger, and liquorice root can help you with your discomfort and can even speed up the healing process. Here are some things you can do when you have a sore throat.
1. Stay hydrated
Keeping well-hydrated is always good, so it’s no surprise that it will also help your sore throat. If you drink plenty of fluids, this will actively support your body with flushing out the infection. But drinking plenty of fluids is also beneficial to easing many other symptoms that show up when you’re sick. It helps to make your feel less lethargic and more energised, and can help with headaches as well.
Tip: If you have a sore throat, you don’t really want to drink cold water. The best is if you drink warm or hot beverages, such as tea or hot water with some lemon. You can also add some honey to your tea, which will give it an extra soothing effect—excellent for your inflamed throat!
2. Get plenty of rest
When you have a sore throat and all the other nasty symptoms of the flu, it is very important that you give your body rest so you can get better. Unfortunately, some people ignore this advice. They think they can just “push through” by going to work and continuing to do whatever they normally do, even if they’re awfully sick. But this isn’t the time for exercising or any type of physical activity! When you’re sick, your body needs to rest because it needs to expend a lot of energy to recover. What’s worse, a sore throat is also highly contagious. Not only will you have a harder time recovering if you decide to go to work or school, you will likely also spread the flu to others. It’s always better to stay home and get some rest!
3. Raw honey
Raw honey is a true miracle remedy for all kinds of respiratory problems, including a sore throat. It has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties and kills the germs that are responsible for the infection. It is also very soothing and eases swelling. Other beneficial effects from honey when you’re sick are that it reduces mucus secretion and also helps you with coughing.
Scientific research has found that raw honey has an inhibitory effect on around 60 different types of bacteria. Not only that, it has also been found to be effective against viruses and some types of fungi. Moreover, it has powerful antioxidant properties and contains a host of beneficial compounds that support good health all around.
Tip: You can easily boost your Uzuma Mangata tea with all these extra healthful effects when you add just a spoonful or two of raw honey to it!
Garlic is yet another natural remedy that people have used since ancient times. One compound found in garlic, alliin, has been found to show strong antioxidant and free radical-scavenging properties. When fresh garlic is chopped, an enzyme converts alliin into allicin, which is the compound that gives garlic its distinct aroma. Research suggests that allicin may have antiviral and antifungal properties, and that it may be effective against the common cold. However, more research is needed on the subject.
If you want to enjoy the healthful benefits of garlic, you can simply add fresh garlic to your meals. If you don’t feel like eating because you have problems swallowing foods, you can also look into a garlic supplement.
5. Liquorice root
Liquorice root is what is called an expectorant, which means that it helps to loosen and get rid of mucus. But liquorice root also has anti-inflammatory properties and a soothing effect. What’s more, scientific research has confirmed that the liquorice root has powerful antiviral and antimicrobial properties. All these healthful effects make liquorice root an excellent natural remedy if you have a sore throat.
It is not widely known that cinnamon is very effective against bacteria and viruses, and that it also has an antioxidant effect. This makes cinnamon an ideal natural remedy for all kinds of ailments, including a sore throat. What’s good about cinnamon is how easy it is to use. You can simply take a stick of cinnamon and steep it in hot water if you want to make a healthy cinnamon tea. Or, you can just take a stick of cinnamon and use it for stirring any other type of tea! What’s even better, not only is cinnamon beneficial when you’re sick, it also gives your beverages a great flavour!
7. Drink Uzuma Mangata tea
Our Uzuma Mangata tea is ideal if you want relief from your sore throat. Uzuma Mangata is a delicious green tea that also contains ginger and lemongrass. Ginger is an effective natural remedy for a sore throat. It kills bad bacteria and has an anti-inflammatory effect that helps soothe a sore throat by relieving irritation caused by inflammation. Scientific research suggests that ginger may do this by blocking proinflammatory proteins in the body.
The green tea and lemongrass in Uzuma Mangata also contribute to your successful recovery from a sore throat. Both have powerful antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and immune-boosting properties. This makes Uzuma Mangata the perfect beverage when you’re sick!
8. Vitamins to treat your sore throat
Among the vitamins that are particularly beneficial for soothing a sore throat are vitamins A and C. With a healthy diet containing plenty of these vitamins—such as when you eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables or drink the slow juices from Uzuma—you can greatly reduce your risk for getting sick during flu season. And if you are already ill, these vitamins can help you ease the symptoms and support fast recovery.
Vitamin A is an important vitamin that our body needs for good respiratory health. It is essential for the health of the mucous membranes and supports the body so it can expel mucus. This way, it can help with a sore throat and other cold symptoms.
Which Uzuma slow juices contain vitamin A?
Vitamin C is yet another vitamin that plays an important role for a healthy immune system. Studies have shown that vitamin C can reduce the duration of certain respiratory symptoms. If you feel a cold coming on, with the typical signs such as a sore throat or aching muscles, it can be beneficial to take up to 1000mg of vitamin C per day. You can take a vitamin C supplement, or even better, eat plenty of fresh fruits rich in vitamin C such as citrus fruits, kiwi, strawberries, or guava. If you can’t swallow hard foods, just make a smoothie! And of course, you can also get your healthy dose of vitamin C with the green slow juices from Uzuma!
Which Uzuma slow juices contain vitamin C?
Our juices Uzuma Rise and Uzuma Karma both are loaded with 87.5% of the recommended dietary allowance of vitamin C. Uzuma Aura contains 69%, Uzuma Zen: 50%, and Uzuma Fuse contains 25% of the recommended dietary allowance of vitamin C.
If you’re sick with a sore throat and all the other signs of the cold or flu, you should get some rest so that your body can recover. The natural remedies in this guide and the healthy teas and slow juices from Uzuma will help you reduce symptoms and support you on the way to getting better!