Cure a sore throat with peas!

Woman's World - - Contents - — Brenda Kearns

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throat? Hurts to swal­low? Adults typ­i­cally have at least three sore throats each year— and up to 42 mil­lion of us are deal­ing with one right now! Luck­ily you can cure those symp­toms fast or, bet­ter yet, pre­vent them al­to­gether by:

Halv­ing your risk with peas

They’re brim­ming with vitamin C and coume­strol, nu­tri­ents that are so ef­fec­tive at revving your body’s abil­ity to at­tack viruses, they can slash your risk of sore throats 50% or more if you eat one cup daily, Fin­nish re­search shows. Al­ready ill? That cup-aday could have you cured three days faster!

Ko­ing germs with salt water

Gar­gling with salt water is a ma­jor key to a pain-free throat, ac­cord­ing to Cana­dian re­search. That’s be­cause salt kills in­vad­ing viruses and bac­te­ria—plus, it calms pain nerves, pre­vent­ing the dis­com­fort of sore throats caused by post­nasal drip, says Michael Finkel­stein, M.D., au­thor of Slow Medicine. To do: Mix 1/2 tsp. salt with 6 oz. warm water and gar­gle for one minute twice daily. Tip: Even with­out salt, reg­u­lar gar­gling with plain water helps pre­vent up­per re­s­pi­ra­tory tract in­fec­tions, re­search sug­gests.

Pro­tect­ing your throat with vitamin A

Vitamin A is proven to heal and strengthen the lin­ing of the throat while re­duc­ing pain-trig­ger­ing tis­sue in­flam­ma­tion. No won­der Ore­gon State re­searchers say tak­ing 5,000 IU daily could cut your risk of throat in­fec­tions 50%— plus help you bounce back 53% faster if you do pick up a bug! One op­tion: Sol­gar Vitamin A ($ 9 for 100 tablets, Vi­ta­min­shoppe.com).

Re­cov­er­ing faster with ki­wis

These fuzzy green fruits are read­ily avail­able in win­ter, and en­joy­ing two daily could help rid you of a sore throat 62% faster— re­gard­less of whether it was trig­gered by a bad cold or just dry indoor air, re­ports the Bri­tish

Jour­nal of Nu­tri­tion. Thanks goes to kiwi’s carotenoids, nu­tri­ents that re­duce in­flam­ma­tion, speed heal­ing, plus help your im­mune cells pro­duce germ-killing an­ti­bod­ies, says study coau­thor Margot Skin­ner, PH.D.

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