11 Foods That Soothe a Sore Throat

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Next time you feel your throat becoming sore or scratchy, head to the grocery store instead of the drug store. Many fruits, vegetables, and herbs are capable of saving the day with their antioxidant-rich powers and can sometimes help you avoid that trip to the doctor.

Banana

Like eggs, bananas are an easily ingested food if you have a sore throat. If you don’t like the taste, try mixing it into a smoothie with some other vitamin-packed fruits such as strawberries or blueberries.

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Cabbage

Packed with vitamin C, sulfur, vitamin K and other antioxidants, cabbage is a great vegetable to incorporate into your diet. It has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and can even relieve headaches.

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Cinnamon

Herbal enthusiasts encourage cinnamon at the first sign of a sore throat. Chinese traditional medicine has also long encouraged cinnamon to ward off and/or sooth coughs.

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Cloves

According to SHAPE.com, “a tea that contains cloves can help you kick a respiratory infection. ‘Cloves work as an expectorant, loosening mucus in the throat and esophagus so you can cough it up,’ explains Neil Schachter, MD, a professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.”

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Eggs

Not only are eggs packed with protein, they’re a super soft food that won’t irritate your throat. Eggs also contain a vital amount of omegas, choline and lutein.

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Garlic

Garlic is truly a super food. The fragrant plant contains hefty amounts of allicin (responsible for that garlicky smell), a potent immune booster, and is noted with antiviral and antibacterial properties.

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Ginger

Ginger contains a surplus of critical antioxidants that improve immune health, and when added to hot water, creates a soothing, fragrant tea.

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Lemon

That slice of lemon served with your tea isn’t just a garnish. It’s a bacteria-fighting, vitamin-rich fruit that should be used to heal your sore throat and improve your immune system.

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Oatmeal

Not only does oatmeal have a soft texture, but it offers a surplus of fiber, omegas and vitamins to aid in a speedy recovery.

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Pomegranate

One of the most antioxidant-rich fruits in the world, the pomegranate offers an assortment of impressive benefits. Not only does this superfruit contain immune-boosting properties, but can ward off infections by acting as an astringent.

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Sage

Try trading your regular tea for hot water and sage. For decades, sage has been used to soothe sore throats with its antiseptic and antibacterial properties.

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Few things are quite as bothersome as a sore throat. Often a sore throat is the first symptom to strike when a cold is coming on, and we search for relief in the drug store with fruity lozenges and chloraseptic spray. Next time you feel your throat becoming sore or scratchy, head to the grocery store instead of the drug store. Many fruits, vegetables and herbs are capable of saving the day with their antioxidant-rich powers and can sometimes help you avoid that trip to the doctor.

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Let's start with ginger. Combine fresh ginger, shredded or chopped, and hot water and you're well on the road to recovery. Ginger has been used for thousands of years in China to treat cold symptoms, such as a sore throat. According to Livestrong.com, "For cold and flu-like symptoms such as headaches and sore throat, the University of Mississippi Medical Centert suggests adding two tablespoons of fresh ginger to a cup of hot water and allow[ing] it to stand and drink two to three times per day."

While you're in the produce department finding your ginger root, make sure to stop by the fresh herbs. Sage, fragrant and green, has been used for decades to ease achy throats. With astringent, antiseptic and antibacterial qualities, this herb creates an aromatic tea that's perfect for easing a scratchy or sore throat.

If ginger and sage don't appeal to you, stick to the basics: fruits (and, remember, whole fruits are always better than juices) high in vitamin C, lots of herbal teas, leafy green vegetables and soft foods such as eggs and bananas. Foods such as watermelon and broccoli contain high amounts of glutathione, which is "critical for immune function and controlling inflammation," according to Dr. Mark Hyman. Glutathione "is the master detoxifier and the body's main antioxidant, protecting our cells and making our energy metabolism run well."

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