6 Essential Throat Care Tips

Wardha Hussain Rizvi Feb 07 2016
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We do not give much attention to our throat unless it begins to feel dry, cannot make noise and starts hurting. In pain, we go from not giving it any attention to giving it much more though. Our throats are made up of several tissues; contain different nerves, vessels and organs. Everyone wants instant relief which makes them run around for different medications and remedies.

As winter season starts people who are more careful about their health start their prep to head off as many germs as they can. They try to build up their immune system by having fresh fruits, get flu shots, keep their hands clean and sanitized and avoid contact with people.

Care Tips For Healthy Throat

It is impossible to be a part of human race and not have contact with sick individuals and totally avoid germs. Therefore, it is important to practice healthy habits, make them a part of your routine and stay clear of pathogens causing disease.

Give Your Throat Protection From Cold Temperature

During winters, body loses lots of heat. Keeping covered helps insulate body heat. 40-50% of body heat is lost through the neck. It is essential to keep your neck covered in order to prevent heat loss and keep your throat and voice box protected. Along with that sudden extreme changes in temperature should be avoided such as from a heated car to cold outside.

Sharing is Caring?

We often tend to share cups and glasses. Whether it is morning coffee or a cup lying next to the dispenser. This is a major route of transmission of bacteria from person to person. At all times avoid using cups at public dispensers, sharing cups and other utensils with friends and even family.

Tooth brush

Tooth brush is another major source of infection that we can put straight into our mouth. Left over night lots of bacteria can accumulate and colonize your tooth brush without you having any idea. The best way to clean your tooth brush is to soak it into a cup of salt water before using it. This is the easiest and effective way of disinfecting your toothbrush. Merely running it under tap water is not enough.

Salt Water

Salt water is great for disinfecting your throat. It can prevent an upcoming infection and can also be used to relive symptoms of infection after it has concurred. A pinch of salt in warm water can be used to gargle every night. Make sure you spit it out as swallowing will take the bacteria to your gut instead of out of your mouth. Salt water is known to be a timeless remedy for sore throat and stuffy nose symptoms.

Honey and Ginger

These two kitchen ingredients are great for protecting your throat all day. Extracting ginger juice can get time consuming in the morning therefore it is better to keep a jar full ready for a week. Fresh ginger juice or boiled water with ginger and 5ml honey can be used for gargle every morning after brushing. Similarly, ½ cup of hot water with turmeric or cayenne powder can also be really helpful in protecting your throat. This is especially useful for professionals and teachers.

Vocal Warm Up

Your voice plays great role in building your personality. Professionals such as singers, actors and teachers need to have clear voice to deliver their message. Daily vocal warm ups are a great way to enhance your vocals. These warm up exercises include buzzing or humming on comfortable tones. Softly sighing or making ‘aaah’ sound while completely relaxed is also helpful. Yawning too is an excellent warm up for the voice.

Throat has many functions including swallowing, breathing and production of voice. These are essential functions to lead a normal life. A little discomfort in this area leads to irritability and fatigue. Make sure to incorporate throat care tips in your daily routine

Wardha Hussain Rizvi

Wardha Hussain Rizvi:

Wardha is currently a student of M.B.B.S second year in Ziauddin University and aspires to be the best dermatologist in Pakistan. Due to her dissatisfaction with the current health industry she is doing her bit in creating health awareness by freelance writing for HTV, Pakistan's most effective health platform.