HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Sore throat? Here is how and why you should take ginger

A sore throat is a way the immune system responds to an infection in the body.

In Summary

• Sore throat can be easily treated at home, and some usually get better on their own over a period of time.

• A sore throat is a way the immune system responds to an infection in the body.

Ginger root
Ginger root
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Ginger use for medicine was first recorded in 500 BC from China and India.

A sore throat can be easily treated at home, and some usually get better on their own over a period of time.

A sore throat is a way the immune system responds to an infection in the body.

However, if you have trouble swallowing, pain or breathing, high fever, a painful stick neck, it is high time you get that sore throat checked.

Difficulty in opening the mouth and a severe sore throat is also another reason you should go to a doctor.

Research has shown that one of the benefits of ginger is that it can treat sore throat.

Ginger is rich in nutrients that have protective and healing properties.

Fresh ginger compared to dry ginger has shown to have anti-oxidative benefits which may help fight infections that causes inflammation.

Antioxidants have also been shown to provide protection against bacteria and viruses including those of sore throat.

Hot ginger lemon drink
Hot ginger lemon drink
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  1. Recipe for the Ginger drink

Ingredients

  • 1 ginger root, grated
  • One teaspoon honey
  • Half a slice lemon
  • Water

Preparation

Step 1

Put water in a sufuria and boil bring it to boil with some grated ginger.

Step 2

Boil for 10 minutes or until the taste is fully infused.

Step 3

Add honey and lemon in a cup then strain the water. Drink it while it is hot for instant relief.

You can also eat raw ginger, although this is a very intense way due to the spicy nature of the root. You can chew it then spit the pulp or swallow.

From drinking it with our morning tea, making fruit juices and smoothies or cooking food. Ginger has many beneficial to your health if its incorporated in your daily diet.

 

Sugarcane, Lemon and ginger juice
Sugarcane, Lemon and ginger juice
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