The throat is more than just a passage between our mouth and stomach; it is an intricate structure comprised of blood vessels, tissues, glands, and nerves. It also houses some of our organs. Your throat also houses some of our organs, some of which may get infected if you don’t keep it healthy. This is why it’s important to take care of our throats. Aside from taking medicine for cough and cold to prevent further complications, here are a few things you can do to keep your throat healthy:
One of the signs of a healthy person is a moist throat, thus the need for it to be wet. You can do so by keeping yourself hydrated by drinking at least 6-8 glasses of water every day.
The cold weather is upon us. Wear clothing that will protect your neck from the cold such as scarves or turtlenecks. It will keep your throat well supplied with blood and oxygen. Try to avoid areas prone to extreme changes in temperature as these places can dry out your throat.
Just because you’re family doesn’t mean you have to share everything— especially utensils! As much as possible, do not share your utensils, glasses, or cups with other people especially if a friend or a family member of yours is sick. Sharing your cutlery or glass with a sick person might infect you as well.
One way to keep your throat clean is to keep your toothbrush clean. We use it everyday to clean our mouths from bacteria, however, our toothbrush is susceptible to bacteria as well. Before you brush your teeth in the morning, mix hot water with a teaspoon of salt then soak your toothbrush in it. It will dehydrate and prevent bacteria..
Keep your throat healthy from bacteria by gargling a saline solution every night. Just mix salt with warm water and gargle it before going to bed at night. Same with your toothbrush, the salt will prevent bacteria from growing by disinfecting your throat and mouth.
Whether you are a singer or not, do some vocal warm ups to condition and prevent any vocal cord injury. Rest your throat if you have been using it for extended periods of time, especially if you use your voice frequently like singers, public speakers, and teachers.
As kids we were told smoking is dangerous for our health and this holds true until today. It is a bad habit which can affect not just the smoker but the people surrounding him or her as well. Smoking can make your throat prone to infection and increases the risk for throat cancer.
It may be basic but it’s a sure way to prevent most illnesses transferable by either indirect or direct contact. Do practice good personal hygiene such as washing your hands before eating to avoid sickness.
Being sick with a cough, cold, or sore throat is something that doesn’t just happen during the flu or cold season. Practice these tips and for sure you will be able to not just keep a healthy throat but a healthy body as well..