A sore throat is not a pleasant feeling. It can be painful and make you feel like doing nothing but laying in bed all day. The best thing to do when you have a sore throat is to drink lots of fluids, get plenty of rest, and eat the right foods.
In this blog post, we will talk about what foods are good for you if your throat hurts.
A sore throat is generally more painful when you eat very hard crunchy food so it’s best to avoid these types of dishes during this time period.
You want to try eating soft and easy going type meals like soup, oatmeal, yogurt etc. in order for things get better quicker. But do not forget about drinking lots of fluids. Water is always good but other options include tea without sugar or honey.
There are many different types of food that can help soothe and protect your throat such as milk, yogurt, cereal, breads etc. You should not give up on eating during this time period.
There is a lot you can do for yourself to eat foods without having to worry about them irritating or swelling your sore throat.
Try out some dishes like soup with noodles which helps hydrate more than just water alone (especially if it has broth) because the liquid moves down through the esophagus and into stomach much easier when there’s no pain in swallowing.
Other options include tea with honey or sugar but just make sure its flavor isn’t too strong before making it iced or hot–it may be too intense for your taste buds right now.
You should also try to avoid additives such as salt, pepper or spices if they are too spicy and hot.
The reason for this is that the more pain you have in your throat, the less likely it will be for you to eat crunchy food or even drink water so these ingredients can help with digestion.
This could decrease swelling of your mouth caused by a cold or flu virus which makes eating soft foods easier on your sore throat.
What drinks help a sore throat?
A sore throat is a common ailment that typically lasts for 7 to 10 days. It can be caused by infections, allergies, or irritants such as smoke and cold air.
Often times it feels like your throat has been scratched raw and swallowing anything becomes difficult. Drinking fluids helps your body fight infection but which drinks are the best?
Tea and herbal drinks with citrus are soothing. However they can cause irritation when consumed in large quantities so try not to exceed two cups per day.
Liquids high in sugar such as soda or juice may exacerbate the dryness you already feel from your throat because of their low pH level.
Instead choose a drink that is balanced on both sides like milk or broth which will also provide protein for healing.
Broth made from boiling poultry bones contains collagen and minerals that are good for sore throats; simply add some lemon and honey to make it more palatable if desired. You can also make chicken soup made with lemon juice or lime juice squeezed into it.
This will provide relief for any sort of infection in the throat area by killing off bacteria with its acidic properties.
Another great option would be apple cider vinegar mixed with honey which helps reduce inflammation and speed up recovery time.
What should you not eat when you have a sore throat?
If you have a sore throat, it can be difficult to eat. The sores in your mouth and on your tongue make swallowing painful, and the constant coughing makes anything too hot or cold worse.
There are some foods that can help soothe a sore throat though – like chicken soup.
But there are also other things you should avoid eating when you have a sore throat, such as:
- Hot drinks because they cause more pain when swallowed
- Heavy food items like meat or dairy products because they may increase phlegm production
- Nuts because they are difficult to chew.
Salty foods may not be so bad for some people with a sore throat but others might find it too salty which can make the irritation worse.
It is recommended that you avoid acidic foods and drinks such as citrus fruits and juices, tomatoes, tomato sauces, pickles, vinegar-based salad dressings and soft drinks.
Generally, the best foods for a sore throat are soups and liquids. You should also avoid anything that is too hot or cold to eat because these can worsen your symptoms.
If you have trouble swallowing (or if you feel like it’s difficult), try eating soft food items instead of very heavy ones like meat, dairy products, nuts or any other hard food item.
If your throat becomes even more sore and painful after eating something though, stop. It means there may be an infection present as well and it is time to see a doctor.