Throat Care and You
Millions of educators around the world prepare for lessons through lesson plans, worksheets, presentations and slides. Getting school supplies ready is just as important as preparing your most important teaching tool – your voice.
With background noise and less-than-ideal acoustics within the classroom, teachers are faced with more general stress. Projecting your voice across an ever-growing class of students is a daily ritual and teachers use their voice almost 70% of the time in the classroom.
Throat health affected
It’s easy to brush off throat problems as an occupational hazard. Just because you’re a teacher doesn’t mean you have to accept a hoarse voice or losing it every month (or week!). Common throat problems amongst teachers include voice disorders (hoarseness, vocal fold nodules, and polyps), chronic cough, throat irritation and infections. In more severe cases, prolonged vocal disorders can lead to vocal fold paralysis if untreated.
Caring for your throat
Throat care tips to keep your voice:
- Hydrate your vocal cords – drink lots of water and bring a water bottle into class.
- Spread out the need for you to talk throughout the whole lesson – group work and assignments in class would help you manage your voice whilst creating an interactive study environment.
- Your yearly health screening should include eyes, ears, nose and throat checks to track your important vocal health.
- Use a different verbal cue – instead of raising your voice, use a bell or whistle to get students’ attention.
Honey has always been one of the best home remedies for sore throats. Its medicinal and antimicrobial properties have been well-documented in many literatures.
One of the most convenient remedies available is the Uniflora Raw Honey Watercress & Eucalyptus. This product combines the health benefits of raw honey, the expectorant properties of watercress that thins mucus and antiseptic characteristics of eucalyptus to relief throat discomfort, coughs and sore throat. For teachers who would like a quick way to nurse your overworked throat, all you need is a spoonful (or 1.5) and you’re good to go.
Another effective remedy of choice is a throat spray –we found Uniflora Propolight very suitable during busy days. Like a breath freshener, you only need to spray several times into your mouth while you’re heading to the next class. What we love about this throat spray is its convenience and portability – it fits into pockets easily and is hassle-free to use. Perfect for a busy day.
One of the main ingredients in the spray is the Brazilian ultra green propolis. Propolis is a mixture honey bees collect from various botanical sources. The bees seal small gaps in their hives with propolis to protect its structure and prevent fungus, parasites and bacteria from infiltrating the hive. The antibacterial properties of propolis are the driving factor behind its effectiveness to sooth and protect your throat.
If you are allergic to bees by-products, alternate remedies include gargling with salt water, plenty of fluids and rest. No matter what your chosen remedies are, throat health is paramount. Taking little steps towards a healthy throat will go a long way.
*This article is for informational purposes only, and not intended as medical advice. Please consult your health care provider. For more information on the products, visit API Nutrition & Therapy’s website.