Sore Throat? Eat This!

sorethroatA sore throat is a condition that can cause a great deal of discomfort, even more so when we are trying to swallow our food. The pain when we try to eat can be such that it can even lead us to skip meals and even stop eating. However sacrificing adequate nutrition may further weaken our immune system, affecting our health, and worsening the situation. Furthermore, there are certain foods that can even make the discomfort greater. That’s why when you are having a sore throat, it is important to have a grasp of the type of foods you can ingest during this time.

The common causes for a sore throat can be diverse, and in principle, most can be treated at home with rest and medications, however when it comes to infections or inflammations, it will be necessary to visit the doctor’s office. It will be essential in order to receive prompt treatment to prevent it from developing a more serious condition. The most common causes for sore throat are bacterial infections that can lead to symptoms such as inflammation and the accumulation of pus, a seasonal virus such as the flu and others, allergies and irritation caused by cigarette smoke, bacteria floating in the air in A/C rooms, raising your voice for long periods of time and even certain spicy foods.

When suffering from a sore throat, we should avoid eating hot meals, as they can be very irritating, spicy foods, juices and fruit beverages from citric fruits (lemons, oranges, pineapple, kiwi and strawberries), cereals, and rough or crunchy foods like chips, cookies, toasts. In case that the sore throat is also being experienced with phlegm, then it is advisable to avoid all dairy products.

While fighting an illness the diet and nutrition that we keep is essential, as it gives the body the energy. In order to be able to keep up your energy up a diet consisting of the following food items will not cause any strain on your sensible throat.

  • Lukewarm soups with soft veggies and noodles.
  • Creams of all kinds
  • Mashed potatoes
  • White rice
  • Soft fish
  • Chicken, hopefully minced.
  • Omelets
  • Pancakes (*note from the author: Hurray!)
  • Yogurts
  • Gelatin
  • Flans and pudding
  • Ice cream (*note from the author: Hurray, again!)

In certain very severe cases where the discomfort swallowing is severe, a liquid diet might be required. To make this diet more palatable a food thickener can be applied, it will give the food you are ingesting a consistency without altering the flavor. 

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