As someone who loves food, few things are more devastating for me than a sore throat. On top of not being able to taste anything, the pain when trying to swallow is pretty excruciating when your throat is irritated. It's always best to consult your doctor if a sore throat is truly unbearable or caused by something other than just an irritation (if it's bacterial, you may need medicine).
"It's antimicrobial and attacks bacteria, fungi, and even many viruses so your immune system can step in and get rid of the problem faster. It's also anti-inflammatory, so it soothes the pain, irritation, and scratchiness of a sore throat," says Whittel.
"Since garlic is praised for its anti-inflammatory properties, I recommend some whenever there's a sore throat," says Finkelston. "You can dip garlic bread into soup, shake a bit of garlic powder into a smoothie, or make pasta sauce with fresh garlic."
"It contains antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties that are known to suppress E. coli, candida albicans, and staphylococcus," says Whittel. "It eases the pain and discomfort caused by the sore throat."
5. Mashed Potatoes
"They're easy to swallow, and they're filling if you don't have much of an appetite. You can also easily add garlic," says Finkelston.
"In a study reported in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, scientists found that gargling green tea helped ward off sore throat symptoms in postoperative patients," says Whittel. "Green tea has numerous other health benefits that may improve overall functioning and healing."
"Any soup is good, but most people prefer the clearer, less thick soups when they are sick, as they are easier to consume," says Finkelston. "Soup is one of the easiest foods to get down when you're not feeling well, and it can be loaded with nutrition, which helps if you're eating less overall."
This article was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.
This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used in the place of advice of your physician or other medical professionals. You should always consult with your doctor or healthcare provider first with any health-related questions. See our full health disclaimer here.