Dr Oz: Fight A Sore Throat
Dr Oz shared that he was ready to give his viewers a new twist on their old routine to kick their sore throat for good. First, he wanted to welcome down his Assistant of the Day. Her name was Deena and Dr Oz immediately wanted to look down her throat. He shared that as a doctor, he looks for redness at the back of the throat as a sign of a sore throat. Deena shared that she likes to drink hot tea with lemon or honey to soothe her sore throat.
Dr Oz: Cold Fruit Pops To Soothe Sore Throat
Dr Oz shared that the had three ways to get rid of a sore throat that you may not have heard of before. First, Dr Oz shared that some people will drink a hot toddy, but actually, hot drinks can irritate your sore throat even more, and alcohol can especially make it worse.
He said cold is the new hot. He suggested eating a frozen fruit pop, because the cold combined with vitamin C can really help soothe your throat. He suggested taking eight strawberries and two kiwis, blending them up with one tablespoon of water and freezing them in ice cube trays.
Dr Oz: Licorice Root Extract Gargle
Next, Dr Oz wanted to talk about gargling, and admitted that oftentimes on the show he advised people to gargle with salt water or baking soda. He said it turns out that instead, you should gargle with licorice root extract. A teaspoon of the extract mixed with one cup of warm water makes for a great gargle for a sore throat.
Dr Oz wanted to explain why we gargle for a sore throat rather than swallow. When you drink tea, it’s pouring a solution into your throat, which then immediately goes down into your stomach, not really helping your throat at all. He said it has to touch the tissues of your throat in order to help you. Instead, you should gargle the tea to make sure you’re really coating your throat.
Dr Oz: Spray Vs Lozenges For Sore Throat
Finally, Dr Oz shared that lozenges may not be the best choice for on-the-go relief for a sore throat. Although they taste great, they have sugar or artificial sweeteners in them. Instead, Dr Oz suggested using sprays, which works quickly and is very soothing. He suggested keeping the sprays around for your entire family who may need them.