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When you have a sore throat, sometimes all you can think about is how to relieve the pain. Eating and drinking may be uncomfortable to the point where you want to avoid it entirely. The problem is, drinking plenty of fluids and getting essential vitamins and nutrients are both important steps to maintaining your everyday health and reducing your chance of illness.i

To help you keep up your fluids and a nutritious diet when you’re suffering with a sore throat, we’ve put together a list of the best drinks and foods to help soothe a sore throat.

If your sore throat is the result of a cold or flu, you can also try Theraflu products for effective temporary relief from symptoms. The Theraflu range includes hot liquid powders such as Theraflu Multi-Symptom Severe Cold Hot Liquid Powder, which helps to relieve a sore throat as well as other cold and flu symptoms – including nasal and sinus congestion, cough, body and head aches, and fever.



Best Drinks for a Sore Throat

Fluids are essential for treating sore throat pain. They help to keep the throat moist and prevent dehydration.iv Find out what to drink for a sore throat below. 

Salt water

Of course, you should be drinking water regularly throughout the day, regardless of whether or not you have a sore throat – but did you know that salt water can help to relieve sore throat pain? Try mixing half a teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water to create a ‘salt water gargle’. They can go a long way to helping to reduce the pain of a sore throat, while also helping to kill any bacteria and loosening mucus.ii, iv

Herbal teas

While water is essential for your everyday health, drinking nothing but plain water can get boring. Some herbal teas have been shown to be excellent sore throat relievers because of their anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, and their soothing effects on a sore throat. Herbal teas to try include chamomile tea, green tea, clove tea and peppermint tea.ii


Slippery elm drink

This natural remedy for sore throats has been used for centuries. Slippery elm contains antioxidants that can help to relieve inflammation. Mixed with water, it creates ‘mucilage’ – a slick gel that coats and soothes the throat.iii

Hot honey and lemon drink

If you’re wondering what to drink for a sore throat, chances are you’ve considered this classic combination. The honey has an antibacterial effect and can reduce inflammation, while lemon contains vitamin C, which will help boost your immune system. Lemon can also help to break up mucus and ease pain. Try mixing two tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of lemon juice in a glass of warm water for some quick, temporary relief.ii

Never give honey to children under 12 months.

Medicated hot beverages

Of course, as well as these natural home remedies, you can also try over-the-counter medicines to help ease your cold and flu symptoms, including sore throat pain. Theraflu Hot Liquid Powder provides fast and powerful temporary relief from your worst cold and flu symptoms. Theraflu Hot Liquid Powder comes in both nighttime and daytime preparations – to give you relief at any time of the day, and while you’re trying to get your rest.  

Best Foods for a Sore Throat

When you’re suffering with a sore throat, comforting, warm and easy-to-swallow foods are your best friend.iv Find out what to eat for a sore throat below. 

Broth or soup

Slurping on a bowl of warm broth or thin soup is a great way to get a dose of energy when your throat is too sore to eat regular foods – and because it’s liquid, broth will help you keep your fluids up too.iv

Scrambled eggs

Food for a sore throat doesn’t get much more comforting than warm, soft scrambled eggs. As a low-cost and low-calorie source of protein, scrambled eggs are ideal.v


A warming bowl of healthy oatmeal is a wonderful way to give your body its daily dose of fiber while also going easy on a sore Try mixing honey in for some added flavour.

Remember, never give honey to children under 12 months. 

Any soft or mashed food

Sore throat foods should be soft and easy to swallow, so mashed potato is ideal. You could even try mashing up other vegetables to put a nutritious spin on this classic comfort food. Well-cooked pasta is another soft food that’s easy to eat when you have a sore throat. 

In addition to these sore throat-friendly foods and drinks, there are some other ways you can help to relief your sore throat symptoms. Discover more home remedies for a sore throat

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