Let Us Elaborate…
Most of the time, conventional medical treatment for ‘strep throat’ is a course of wide-spectrum antibiotics to kill the bacteria. This can also kill off all the friendly and helpful bacteria and this can lead to a proliferation of the yeast organisms and an outbreak of thrush (candida albicans).
There is also a chance that a sore throat can be the sign of a viral infection and antibiotics are ineffectual. In this case, the only thing to do is rest and take soothing remedies (a personal favourite mine is the JM Sip! from the Dr. Juice section of the Funky Fresh Juice book) and wait for the body’s own immune system to overcome the viral invasion.
Tonsils are ‘a specialised lymphoid tissue’ and their job is to assist in the removal of waste that occur during an infection. Dr Bernard Jensen believes that tonsillitis is a disease caused by the body’s overwhelming need to eliminate toxins.
What To Avoid
Citrus fruits – Avoid using orange or citrus juice whilst the throat is sore as this can aggravate or ‘burn’ the throat’s surface.
What To Include
During the fighting of any infection, the body can be assisted by not having to digest solid foods, so a juice-only programme can be a great way of ensuring maximum nourishment with minimum stress and energy-demanding digestive effort. Smoothies are soothing and calming for a sore throat. For sore throats and tonsillitis, use blueberry, blackberry, elderberry, lemon with passion fruit in a banana smoothie or apple juice base. Grapes, papaya, pear and pomegranate are also helpful.
Ginger is known to relax and soothe the throat muscles. Singers such as Paloma Faith swear by ginger and has been heard saying that she takes a ginger shot before every show!
If you are also suffering from a cough then this will flair up the lining of your throat. Honey is a great natural remedy for this and is often used as a staple ingredient to many over the counter cough sweets and syrups. Studies have also shown that by using local honey you’re not only reducing your carbon footprint but you’re also more likely to help prevent hay fever!
Highly alkalising juices and any berry-based juices will help to fight the microbial invasion and heal the inflamed mucosa. For a quick and easy berry mix on the go use something such as a Berry Blend and just add water.
Using cucumber juice as a base will be soothing and anti-inflammatory.
Also helpful are some lesser known herbs such as black cohosh, fenugreek, hyssop, marshmallow and mullein. Pukka’s organic herbal tea range are a great choice!
The active ingredient in thyme is a common ingredient in cough syrups, and is recommended by herbalists as an excellent gargle for sore throats and tonsillitis. Drinking freshly brewed teas between juices, using thyme, garden mint, chamomile and sage, will have soothing and anti-inflammatory effect.
- Vitamin D
According to a study carried out by the department of Otolaryngology, Istanbul University, and published in the 2011 Journal of Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology, it was concluded that a vitamin D deficiency was more prevalent in children with recurrent tonsillitis. Fatty fish such as tuna, mackerel and salmon are great sources of vitamin D (I’ve included some healthy fish recipes in my Super Fast Food book & app).
The Juice Recipes
Rainbow Remedy (from Super Juice Me 28-Day plan)
x1 Celery Stalk
x1 Raw Beetroot
x1 Small Handful Red Cabbage
3cm Raw Ginger
How To Make:
Juice all the fruits and vegetables and serve over ice.
Please note, it is impossible to give a definitive list as what supports one person can be a trigger food or allergen for another. You must stay your own juice detective at all times and listen to how your own body responds to certain foods and always consult with your healthcare provider when making changes to your diet which may affect your medication. Please be aware that we are not doctors, so it is important to consult with your GP or medical practitioner BEFORE making any changes to your diet. The suggestions above are not meant as an alternative to any current medical treatment so please DO NOT stop taking any medications you are on. They are also not an endorsement of their effectiveness, or a recommendation that they should be followed but instead, are provided for informational purposes. None of the information on the Natural Juice Therapy site is intended or implied to treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease.