Heather C Heather C is a married, mom of three: big sis Lily and identical twins Natalie and Sophia. She has been guest blogging for Mumbling Mommy since February of 2012 and began working as a Social Media Editor in 2014. After nearly a decade in banking, she now works part time at a doctor's office specializing in breastfeeding medicine and spends the rest of her days in her Midwest home as zookeeper/stay-at-home-mom. Heather C is also a runner, hiker, yogi, bike rider and more. She reads when she finds more than a few minutes to herself and she hosts a lot of pajama dance parties in her kitchen. In her spare time, she's the co-leader for her daughter's Girl Scout troop and an active member of the school's Parent-Teacher Committee as well as a certified postpartum doula.

Not sure what things to drink when you have a sore throat or cold? Unfortunately, winter and sicknesses seem to go hand in hand. This past week, I took my turn with swollen glands, a persistent, annoying, dry cough and an overall weak feeling. This put a huge damper on my half marathon training, so I wanted to get rid of it FAST. Since I’m a stay-at-home mom, having a sick day wasn’t an option. We opted for a few movie days and I stuck with these three hot liquids, and in less than 48 hours I was practically brand new again!

Try one of these things to drink when you have a sore throat or cold:

  1. Homemade Soup
    – If you’ve never made a soup at home before, this is the perfect time to try.
    It is extremely easy (so it’s the ideal kind of cooking when you don’t feel
    well) and you really can’t mess it up. A homemade soup is going to be much healthier than canned soup, but a high quality store-bought soup is still better than nothing at all. Anyway, start with a large stock pot, add in a handful of
    each of your favorite vegetables, protein options of your choice (make sure any
    meat is cooked first) and 6-8 cups of water. Bring everything to a boil, then
    lower the heat, cover and let it simmer 30-45 minutes. Add noodles, rice,
    quinoa or a grain of your choice, simmer another 10-15 minutes until your grain
    is done, and serve. Not only is the broth going to feel great on your sore
    throat, but there seems to actually be science behind soup making you feel better. My
    favorite is a classic chicken soup using peas, carrots, celery, onion and wild
    rice spiced with thyme and oregano. Another good option is a turkey soup using
    butternut squash, green beans, corn, onion and lentils spiced with good old
    fashioned salt and pepper. I always suggest using organic and minimally
    processed ingredients.
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar Drink – After doing a ton of research online, I tried
    to find a tolerable hot drink that combined powerful cold-fighting ingredients.
    One of the things to drink when you have a sore throat is a combination of apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, and honey in hot water and
    somehow managed this feat. There are numerous benefits to consuming apple cider vinegar, so this was a natural first
    choice. Be sure to choose an organic, unfiltered product. Honey was an easy
    second choice. Honey is used in almost every all-natural cough syrup. It also gives this drink a sweetness to help make it more delectable. A raw, locally produced honey will give you the most benefits. Finally,
    cinnamon. Anytime I think of apple, I think of cinnamon, so it just seemed like
    the right combination. Then I started to do research on the benefits
    of cinnamon
    and I was quite amazed. So, give it a try: 8 ounces of hot water
    (warmer than tap but not quite boiling); add ½ tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp apple
    cider vinegar and 1 tbsp honey. Stir everything up and sip. I drank 3 glasses
    of this each during the two days I didn’t feel well.
  3. Peppermint Tea
    – I specifically recommend peppermint tea because of its soothing
    effect on the stomach. Many times when I have a cough, sore throat or cold,
    there’s a lot of phlegm draining and often I end up feeling a bit nauseated,
    too. On top of that, when your mouth is dry from having a cold, the horrible
    taste in your mouth is nothing to look forward to. Peppermint helps that, too.
    My favorite brands are Celestial
    Seasonings
    , or if you want to enjoy a cup of loose leaf tea, Mountain Rose
    Herbs
    has a delicious organic peppermint leaf for sale. Drinking hot
    liquids like peppermint tea all day long will help you recover faster and feel
    better in the process. Plus, herbal teas like peppermint tea are naturally
    caffeine free, so they won’t interrupt your attempts at getting much-needed
    rest.

Anytime you are sick, you still want to follow all the normal tips like resting as much as possible, staying hydrated and using good hygiene to keep from spreading your germs. You also want to stay hydrated, so it’s essential to find things to drink when you have a sore throat or cold. A fever isn’t the only thing that makes you contagious, so help protect the rest of us and stay home when you feel bad, even if it is “just a cold.”

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