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Natural Remedies To Get Rid Of Sore Throats Quickly

Natural Remedies To Get Rid Of Sore Throats Quickly

Sore throats can occur for many different reasons—whether it’s from a cold, decline in immune function, changes in the weather, seasonal allergies, or just yelling for your favorite team too long at a sports event (hey, it happens!). Whatever the case, there are many wayswhich aren’t made from chemicals to get rid of sore throats quickly. Most over-the-counter drugs on the market sold for sore throats are filled with artificial ingredients such as dyes, sweeteners, and flavors that are best to avoid whenever possible. So, check out these natural options that are more affordable, possibly more effective,and might just be made with ingredients you already have in your home to get rid or sore throats quickly!

1. Raw Honey

Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Sore Throats Quickly

    Raw honey is a classic ingredient that has been used for many years to treat a sore throat. Honey is a natural emulsifying agent and provides a coating to the throat which helps relieve soreness quickly. Honey is most effective for treating a sore throat if you consume it in a warm glass of water such as in herbal tea or plain hot water with a teaspoon of honey stirred in. Choose raw honey that has not been pasteurized whenever possible since it contains more antibacterial properties than pasteurized honey. Just keep in mind that honey is high in natural sugars which may spike blood sugar levels. A teaspoon or two a day should be plenty without overdoing it.

    2. Sea Salt + Water

    Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Sore Throats Quickly

      Gargling sea salt and warm water is another natural remedy you can use to get rid of sore throats quickly. While it might not be as pleasant as honey, it is very effective. Sea salt helps break down mucus and also helps provide alkaline minerals to the throat which help to relieve inflammation. Choose a high-quality sea salt (not iodized) for the most benefits, and use at least a full teaspoon of the salt mixed in 8 ounces of water. To make this blend, heat some water just below boiling and stir in a teaspoon of sea salt. Pour into an 8 ounce glass and gargle in the back of your throat. Remember not to swallow it since it won’t taste very pleasant; just gargle in the back of your throat for a full 30 seconds if you can.

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      3. Slippery Elm Root (or Tea)

      Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Sore Throats Quickly

        Slippery elm is a natural root that also acts as a coating agent and an emulsifier so it soothes and relieves very quickly. For this reason, it’s even helpful for digestive issues related to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Slippery elm root helps the body release mucus and coats the throat so pain dissipates. A tea-based remedy will be more effective than pills for this use, so choose an herbal tea formulated for throat care that contains slippery elm whenever possible. Drink a few cups a day for best effects. You can also purchase slippery elm root at a health food store and boil your own tea. You’ll need 1 inch of slippery elm root per 16 ounces of water if you go this route. Boil the root and water together, steep for at least 10 minutes, and drink throughout the day.

        4. Licorice Tea

        Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Sore Throats Quickly

          Licorice tea can be used for many natural remedies including relieving sore throats. It has cleansing and soothing effects that can help relieve pain and inflammation. Look for licorice tea at your health food store or a blend that contains licorice root. Just don’t confuse this natural remedy with licorice candy—you won’t get the same effects with the high sugar treat! Also, be mindful that those with high blood pressure should not use licorice root as it can stimulate the release of excessive energy in the body and may increase blood pressure levels as a result.

          5. Peppermint

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            Peppermint tea, oil, and fresh mint are all wonderful for relieving pains of many kinds, including sore throats and inflammation. The menthol in peppermint coats soothes the throat quite nicely, and it sends sensations that signal pain relief in a short amount of time throughout the body. Drink a few cups of peppermint tea per day, make a hot tea with warm water and a very tiny drop of peppermint oil, or you can boil fresh mint to make a peppermint tea at home. If you brew your own tea with fresh mint, use at least 8-10 leaves with 16 ounces of water and steep. Remove the mint and drink throughout the day.

            6. Echinacea

            Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Sore Throats Quickly

              Echinacea has been used for many years as a remedy for treating colds, coughs, and more. The herb is particularly wonderful for opening up pathways in the throat, which can help relieve tightness and pain associated with sore throats. Try a hot cup of echinacea tea which you can find sold in tea bags at any health food or supermarket. Many herbal teas formulated for colds will also include it as well. Drink a few cups a day while hot and sip your way to a less painful throat in no time!

              7. Warm Water + Lemon

              Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Sore Throats Quickly

                You can use this natural remedy to treat sore throats quickly with ingredients you have in your own home. Prepare some hot water and add the juice of a lemon. Let a slice of the lemon steep in the water for even more beneficial effects and then drink as you would a cup of hot tea. Lemon is full of antioxidants and vitamin C that can help flush mucus and toxins from the body, and it’s particularly soothing and wonderful for your immune system as well. If you tolerate sugar well, feel free to add a drop of honey for an extra boost.

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                8. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar + Water

                Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Sore Throats Quickly

                  Apple cider vinegar has many uses that make it one of the most well-loved ingredients to keep around your home. The ancient “do-it-all” vinegar is also great for sore throats. It works by relieving pain, inflammation, and it even contains probiotic cultures which can speed up healing. Just be sure not to drink it straight or it will burn your throat—definitely not what you want! You should also buy raw, organic apple cider vinegar with “the mother”, which means that the probiotic cultures in the vinegar are still alive and active. To use this natural remedy, warm up a cup of hot water and let it cool down just a bit where it’s just above room temperature. Then add one teaspoon or two of raw apple cider vinegar. Sweeten with honey (or a non-sugar option such as liquid stevia) to mask the taste of the vinegar if you need to. Drink and repeat a few times a day.

                  9. Marshmallow Root Tea

                  Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Sore Throats Quickly

                    Before you go and buy a bag of sweet marshmallows, hold on! That’s not the kind of marshmallows we’re referring to here. Marshmallow root is actually a real plant, sort of like ginger root and it has amazing natural properties that help coat and soothe the throat. It’s also pleasant-tasting though not as sweet as the candy many of us grew up learning to love. Marshmallow root tea can be bought in bags at a health food store and it is sold in loose leaf form in select health food stores, or you can order either of the two options online. Many tea blends formulated for colds and sore throats will include marshmallow root in the blend along with some of the other herbal options above such as slippery elm and licorice root. Drink marshmallow root tea a few times a day for the best effects when you want to get rid of sore throats quickly.

                    10. Warm Broths

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                    Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Sore Throats Quickly

                      Chicken bone, vegetable, and even beef bone broth can all be used to get rid of sore throats quickly. They contain many vitamins and minerals as well as soothing effects that ease pain and coat the throat while also nourishing the body. Broth is a great option if you can’t muster up an appetite to eat meals because of your sore throat too. While you should attempt to eat some foods to get enough calories, drinking broth is a wonderful addition to your healing routine. Do your best to choose organic options and even better, hormone-free options if you’re choosing a chicken or beef-based broth. If you want to make your own, that also works too. Either drink one 8 ounce cup of broth per day or dilute less broth with some water and drink several cups a day.

                      11. Ginger + Lemon Tea

                      Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Sore Throats Quickly

                        Ginger and lemon are a dynamic healing duo, and they don’t fall short in this case either. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory root and works well with lemon’s healing properties in relieving a sore throat. Take a piece of ginger root at least 2 inches thick and one whole lemon cut into quarters. Let this pair of ingredients steep it in 4 cups of hot water for at least 10 minutes (I like to do this in a French press). Drink like you would a normal batch of tea, and feel free to add some honey for more benefits along with sweetness if you tolerate natural sugars well. For a less effective but much easier route, you can also buy lemon ginger tea tags. Just be sure to choose a dependable brand of tea that uses whole ingredients, not teas that are merely flavored.

                        12. Zinc Lozenges

                        Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Sore Throats Quickly

                          Finally, if you want something more potent but don’t want to resort to chemical-based cough drops just yet, opt for zinc lozenges made with whole herbs and essential oils. There are many great brands on the market that cater to those seeking more natural options. Zinc boosts the immune health, and unlike chemical-filled sore throat lozenges that are medicated, herbal zinc lozenges help get rid of sore throats quickly but also boost immune health naturally without drugs.

                          For more tips on how to get rid of sore throats, you might also like to see these food-based remedies you might not know about just yet!

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                          Last Updated on October 16, 2018

                          The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                          The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

                          It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

                          If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

                          One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

                          Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

                          In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

                          Why you can’t sleep through the night

                          The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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                          Stress

                          If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

                          Exposure to blue light before sleep time

                          We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

                          While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

                          Eating close to bedtime

                          Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

                          Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

                          Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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                          Medical conditions

                          In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

                          The vicious sleep cycle

                          The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

                          Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

                          You get a bad night’s sleep
                          –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
                          –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
                          –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

                            You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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                            How to sleep better (throughout the night)

                            To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

                            1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

                            What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

                            Here are a few suggestions:

                            • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
                            • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
                            • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
                            • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
                            • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

                            2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

                            What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

                            • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
                            • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
                            • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
                            • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

                            3. Adjust your sleep temperature

                            Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

                            Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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                            Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

                            Sleep better form now on

                            Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

                            I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

                            As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

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