An irritated throat produces annoying, unpleasant symptoms, such as a nagging tickle or the need to frequently clear the throat. A wide range of environmental, lifestyle or health conditions can cause an irritated throat. For example, dry or polluted air, allergies and vocal strain are all frequent causes. If you smoke, you will have an irritated throat until you quit. Acid regurgitation associated with acid reflux disease can also irritate the throat. Colds, influenza, strep and other viral or bacterial infections cause throat inflammation and painful symptoms.
Conventional treatments for irritated throat include commercially prepared cough drops, cough syrups as well as antihistamines. Natural cures for an irritated throat can relieve many throat symptoms without drowsiness or other side effects. If your throat irritation is severe or persistent however, see your doctor to rule out a serious condition.
Apple cider vinegar is a traditional natural remedy for an irritated throat, and has a host of health benefits, having been used for thousands of years as a natural “cure-all”. Its antibacterial properties fight bacteria that can cause throat pain. To make a palatable drink, add 1 or 2 teaspoons each of vinegar and honey to a cup of warm water. Drink two cups of this mixture each day. Cheers!
I’d like to share with you information regarding Vitamin D and the immune system. Most of us think that vitamin D is good for bones and is sort of placed in the category with Calcium and magnesium. But Vitamin D is much more than just a vitamin. It is known to influence over 2000 genes of the 30,000 that humans have. JoEllen Welsh, a researcher at the State University of New York at Albany has studied the effects of Vitamin D for over 25 years. Her recent research shows that vitamin D has the same effect on cancer as do cancer drugs. She is finding that cancer cells shrivel up and die when treated with potent levels of vitamin D. See the article here:
In addition, Vitamin D3 can help lower your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, breast, colon and other cancers, and autoimmune disorders like multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia. See the article:
It is a fairly well established fact that many of us are deficient, which makes sense because we get most of our vitamin D from the sun. Milk has some vitamin D in it, but no where near the optimum levels often required. Many scientists believe that we get colds and flu in the winter not because of the change of seasons or that we’re all inside and are sharing germs, but that we lack vitamin D!!! Below is a fairly large study (n=17,000 participants) looking at vitamin D levels and cold/flu connection. Since we recommend getting enough vitamin D in our program, I thought this was relevant. If you believe you might be deficient, the prudent thing to do is to ask your physician to check your blood levels. Vitamin D is fat soluble and is stored in the body, so over time if you take too much, you can become toxic.
The current RDA is 400 mg/day, but many believe this is too low. The Department of Nutrition at the University of Harvard for example, recommends more like 1000-2000 mg. per day. I personally take 5000 mg. a day. Of course if you’re in the sun, you need no extra supplementation because your skin is the ultimate Vitamin D maker! See the article below regarding the link between vitamin D and colds and flu:
Yours in health!
Here is a great tip! Ever wonder how to make one of these? Well no need to spend bucks on bags of slush at the drug store. Make you own for pennies!
- Mix 3 cups water, 1 cup rubbing alcohol in a one-gallon Ziploc bag.
- Shake liquids together, release excess air, and zip bag shut.
- Double bag to prevent leakage and put in freezer for about 2-3 hours until slushy.
- Place towel or washcloth between skin and ice to protect your skin. Leave on for 15-20 minutes, then put it back in the freezer.
It will be ready to use again in 2 hours!