Contrary to what mainstream media tends to teach, experiencing a cold or the flu periodically can actually be helpful to your health.
By and large, the viruses that cause the common cold and flu infect mainly your weakest cells, which you want to get rid of and have replaced by healthy cells. This makes sense, doesn’t it? Cells that are already burdened with excessive waste products and toxins are most likely to allow viruses to infect them.
So in the big scheme of things, a cold or flu can allow your body to purge itself of old and damaged cells that, in the absence of a viral infection, would normally take much longer to identify, destroy, and eliminate.
With all of that said, you should know of a natural remedy for a sore throat that can often precede a cold or flu. Yes, that feeling of having crushed glass floating around in your throat can often be remedied without conventional over-the-counter analgesics. Sometimes, several quality gargling sessions with salt water is enough to resolve a prickly throat.
Should you require more lysing power, you might try using a mixture of hot red chili powder – often called Cayenne pepper – and orange juice. Just a simple blend of 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of hot red chili powder and pulpy orange juice, taken with a straw, can provide almost instant relief from a sore throat.
Be sure not to use more than 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon for about every 8 ounces of orange juice, as Cayenne pepper is a highly concentrated spicy food powder, and when taken in higher amounts, can aggravate parts of your gastrointestinal tract. This warning is especially important to heed if you have a history of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), peptic ulcers, or even ulcerations in the duodenum.
Cayenne pepper plus pulpy orange juice is best taken down with a straw, as there is no need to expose the mucous lining of your mouth to the active ingredients of hot red chilis. Just take this mixture straight to your throat with a straw, slow and steady. Repeat every two to three hours until your throat is free of discomfort.