Your dietary choices can impact your recovery from strep throat. Here are some easy-to-swallow healthy foods that can help soothe a painful throat and provide you with nutrients that can help boost your immunity and speed up the healing process:1
• Homemade Bone Broth
It’s not a well-known fact, but homemade bone broth has many benefits. It’s rich in calcium, phosphorus, silicon, glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, essential amino acids, and healthy components of cartilage, collagen, bone, and bone marrow.
Aside from being swallowed easily, bone broth may serve as a remedy for sicknesses such as a leaky gut, cold, or flu. Bone broth is also known to help inhibit infections, working well against a bacterial infection like strep throat. Other positive effects that bone broth can provide you include:
◦ Helping to heal and seal your gut
◦ Promoting healthy digestion
◦ Lessening joint pain and inflammation
◦ Developing strong and healthy bones
◦ Boosting healthy hair and nail growth
Yogurt made from raw, grass-fed cows’ milk is your best option. Raw milk provides more healthy bacteria for your gut, beneficial fats, and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) that may help you recover from illnesses like strep throat faster.
If you want healthy yogurt at your disposal, you can make a batch at home by combining raw milk with a starter culture.
• Organic Eggs From Pasture-Raised Chickens
The sad reality about eggs, a staple ingredient in different households across the globe, is that the majority of them come from chickens in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).
CAFO chickens are unable to roam around pasture and fed a diet full of corn loaded with growth additives, antibiotics and hormones. The dirty surroundings are breeding grounds for bacteria like salmonella, which can contaminate your eggs and end up in your body. Organic eggs from pasture-raised chickens are ideal since they contain:
◦ Two-thirds times more vitamin A: provides a boost for healthy vision, immune system function, and cell growth
◦ Two-thirds times more vitamin E: lessens free radical damage and slows down cell aging. Plus, vitamin E is being further researched because of its links to treating degenerative diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer2,3
◦ Omega-3 fatty acids: refine cells’ response to insulin, neurotransmitters and other messengers, enhance the repair process for cell damage, combat inflammation, boost joint and bone health, and improve mental disorders
◦ Beta-carotene: plays a role in vision restoration, cancer prevention (particularly for prostate and colon cancer), and skin protection from sun damage
To get some of these eggs for your household, visit an organic farm, farmer’s market, or local farmer near you. If you’re up for the challenge (and if your community allows it), you can raise chickens in your backyard for a steady source of eggs.
• Fruits (Fresh, Pureed, or Frozen Into Fruit Pops)
Fresh fruits can improve strep throat, and at the same time provide vitamins and minerals. Some of the best fruits for you to consume fresh include raspberries, avocados, passion fruit, and bananas.4 You can also combine these fruits to make healthy drinks or freeze them into ice pops.
While they are a welcome addition to your diet, consume fruits moderately since some of them have high amounts of fructose that could spell disaster if consumed excessively.
Minimize eating mangoes and dried apricots and figs since these fruits have the highest amounts of fructose. Avoid acidic fruits (and other types of acidic food in general) such as oranges, limes, lemons, and even cranberries and blueberries, since these can cause further damage to your throat.5
Remember that eating REAL food also paves the way for faster recovery and better overall health. This means high amounts of organic fruits, vegetables (unlimited is the way to go), and grass-fed meats and dairy products, and none of the sugary, processed, and artificial food which are common in the American diet.
Meanwhile, it’s best to avoid spicy food if you have strep throat, as they can be irritating to the throat and cause a burning sensation. Stay away from soft drinks, energy drinks and store-bought juices, as these contain high amounts of sugar that may be detrimental to your health. Alcoholic drinks are also a big no-no because they make your throat more painful and dry, and can further dehydrate you.6,7
Increase Your Fluid Intake If You’re Down With Strep Throat
Pure water is your best choice to make sure you fully heal from the disease. It lessens your risk for dehydration, helps in maintaining healthy body weight, enhances proper digestion and absorption of nutrients from food, lessens muscle and joint inflammation, and detoxifies the body naturally.
Other beverages you can opt for when you have strep throat are fresh vegetable juice or non-citrus fruit juices (in moderation).
To know if you’re drinking enough water, check the color of your urine — it should be light yellow. The frequency of your urination matters too, as an average person takes seven to eight trips to the toilet daily. If you don’t notice any of these indicators, it’s time to drink more water.