why do you gargle with salt water

I'm
sure everyone has had their mother tell them to gargle salt water when they have
a sore throat (or are sick in any way for that matter. )
And I'm also sure that everyone has done this, and it's helped. But why does something so simple and strange aid in curing us of our aching throats? Overall, gargling in general can help with a sore throat because it flushes the area of the throat. The salt is a good component to mix into the warm water because the salt draws moisture out of any bacteria in your throat and draws moisture out of your own swollen tissues, therefore reliving inflammation. This is because the salt grabs the moisture and promotes osmosis. Also, the salt not only destroys the bacteria it also prevents it from growing. According to the New York Times, saltwater gargling eases cold symptoms but it also keeps you healthier during cold and flu season.


This information was concluded from a randomized study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. "The researchers recruited about 400 healthy volunteers and followed them for 60 days during cold and flu season. Some of the subjects were told to gargle three times a day. At the end of the study period, the group that gargled regularly had a 40 percent decrease in upper respiratory and tract infections compared with the control group. " To do this traditional procedure most efficiently, one must dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in a full glass of warm water and gargle the solution for a few seconds before spitting it out. I have heard of people gargling vinegar as well as other strange concoctions, what crazy mix have you tried to beat a cold or illness?


THE FACTS Nothing but time can cure the, but a simple cup of salt water might ease the misery this winter. A sore, itchy throat and respiratory are some of the more common symptoms of a cold, and gargling with salt water seems to help for several reasons. A saline solution can draw excess fluid from inflamed tissues in the throat, making them hurt less, said Dr. Philip T. Hagen, editor in chief of the БMayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies,Б which is due out in October. Dr. Hagen pointed out that gargling also loosens thick mucus, which can remove irritants like allergens, bacteria and fungi from the throat. In a randomized study published in The American Journal of Preventive Medicine in 2005, researchers recruited almost 400 healthy volunteers and followed them for 60 days during cold and season.


Some of the subjects were told to gargle three times a day. At the end of the study period, the group that regularly gargled had a nearly, and when they did get sick, Бgargling tended to attenuate bronchial symptoms,Б the researchers wrote. Other studies According to the Mayo Clinic, for best results, dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in a full glass of warm water and gargle the solution for a few seconds before spitting it out. Adults who want a more palatable remedy against and can try mixing warm water with lemon and honey. No need to spit it out. THE BOTTOM LINE Gargling with a saline solution can ease symptoms of a cold. ANAHAD OБCONNOR

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