Braving the Cold Weather? 5 Ways To Protect Your Voice During Winter Outdoor Activities

Whether you are a weekend warrior on the slopes or heading out to watch Sunday night football, even a few minutes of exposure to cold winter temperatures can be harmful on your pipes.

So, if you are planning on heading out in this upcoming cold snap, venturing to a football game or hitting the high altitude Rocky Mountain resorts, you should definitely pay attention.

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Homemade Vapor Rub – Natural Congestion Relief

There is nothing worse than being plagued by chest congestion and a blocked respiratory system. A common cold can feel like it is literally sucking the air and life out of your chest, making breathing a chore, and sleep nearly impossible.

Over the counter medication and that ultra-strong minty rub are some of the most effective ways to clear congestion and give your body relief, but the abundance of chemicals and manufactured ingredients can be less than desirable. Luckily, the natural alternatives can be just as effective as the over-the-counter products, and you can even have fun with different scents if you don’t want a nose full of pure menthol.

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SUPER HERBS & SPICES – MINT + BEST SMOOTHIE TO BOOST YOUR MOOD, IMMUNE SYSTEM & BEAT THE BELLY BLOAT

It is one of the most popular breath fresheners, a regular accompaniment to lamb, a go-to dessert garnish, and an effective indigestion remedy. The herb that we are all familiar with, yet know so little about is mint.

There are over twenty species of mint, the most common being peppermint and spearmint, however hybridized forms of the herb can range from fruit-flavored varieties to chocolate mint…most commonly used for after-dinner mints and in dessert applications.

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Soothe Your Sore Throat, & Freshen Your Breath with Peppermint

Not just a remedy for bad breath, peppermint can also double as a sore throat reliever. Peppermint contains menthol, which naturally alleviates sore throat pain and thins the excess mucus in your system. Studies have also shown that peppermint contains antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties that make it a natural defense for your sore throat.

From the University of Maryland Medical Center:

Peppermint and its main active agent, menthol, are effective decongestants. Because menthol thins mucus, it is also a good expectorant, meaning that it helps loosen phlegm and breaks up coughs. It is soothing and calming for sore throats (pharyngitis) and dry coughs as well.

Steeping peppermint in tea form is the best way to treat your sore throat symptoms. Here is one of our favorite recipes for peppermint tea:
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Peppermint Tea with lemon and honey will naturally help soothe your sore throat and clear an excess of music. Decrease the lemon if your throat feels dry.

Peppermint Tea with lemon and honey will naturally help soothe your sore throat and clear an excess of music. Decrease the lemon if your throat feels dry.

Ingredients

  • 4 peppermint flavored tea bags (choose your favorite brand)
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice (If you have excess phlegm, increase the amount of lemon to help clear out your throat)
  • 1 lemon wedge per cup

Instructions

  1. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil
  2. Pour water over tea bags in a heat-safe container
  3.  Steep for 6-8 minutes.
  4. Remove tea bag (keep in the cup if you like your tea strong, however remove after 10 minutes to keep your tea from turning bitter.
  5. Add honey and lemon juice.
  6. Serve in individual tea cups
  7. Add a lemon wedge.
For more information, or to make an appointment with an ENT specialist, visit us as the ColoradoVoiceClinic.com.

Bronchitis on Tour? Fight it at the After Party with These Super-Fruit Recipes

 

Bronchitis is a singer’s nightmare. But unfortunately, when you’re on the road-the show (and the party) must go on. Taking your doctor subscribed medicine is a must, but we all know that sometimes you need to keep up appearances…and a bottle of cough medicine cocktail isn’t always on the menu at the after party.

If you are fighting a sore throat, cold, or nasty bronchitis, try this organic and sneaky trick to keep your symptoms down and spirits up.

The secret? Pineapple juice.

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Fresh pineapples and pineapple juice contain bromelain, a powerful protein-digesting, or proteolytic, enzyme that reduces muscle and tissue inflammation, fluid retention in the nasal membranes (for allergy or sinusitis sufferers) and can even be used to aid in digestion.

If you experience any symptoms that are indicative of bronchitis, consult a physician. But for good measure, increase the amount of pineapple juice in your daily diet to ease the inflammation and coughing.

Pineapple juice is particularly handy if you need to keep up appearances and be social. Order a cheeky NON ALCOHOLIC pineapple cocktail from the bar and nobody will know the difference.

Here are some of our favorites:

 

Bay Teeze

•1 & 1/2 oz. non-alcoholic peach schnapps
•3 oz. pineapple juice
•6 oz. cranberry juice
Mix all ingredients together and garnish with slice of lime and strawberry.

 

Breeze

•6 oz. cranberry juice
•6 oz. pineapple juice

Pour, mix, enjoy.

 

Banana Shake

•1/2 banana
•3 oz. pineapple juice
•3 oz. orange juice

Combine all ingredients in a blender filled 1/2 with ice and serve in a large glass. Garnish with banana slice.