You never realize how much you like to talk until you lose your voice, also known as a hoarse voice or laryngitis. “How do you get your voice back?!” you ask Google. Look no further than these 10 essentials to heal laryngitis naturally.
Laryngitis is an inflammation of the vocal fold mucosa and larynx (i.e. your vocal cords and throat).
Causes of Laryngitis
Causes of Laryngitis include:
- Overuse or stress of the vocal cords
- Viral upper respiratory infection
- Acid Reflux
- Inflammation of the lymph nodes
- Bacterial inflammation or overgrowth (in your gut)
Side Effects of Laryngitis
The result? Loss of words and your voice, as well as:
- Hoarse voice
- Difficulty swallowing (Dysphagia)
- Slight fever
- Discomfort in the front of your neck
- Swollen lymph nodes in your throat, chest and face
- Cold or flu-like symptoms
- An urgency to clear your throat
- Dry and sore throat
- Feeling like you have a lump in your throat
How Long Does Laryngitis Last
Typically, laryngitis can last anywhere from 3 days to 3 weeks, depending on the care you put into getting your voice back.
Like healing from a strained back straining or shin splits, if you continue to use the strained muscle to deadlift 200 pounds or run a half-marathon despite your injuries, healing from takes alot longer when you continue to use your voice or don’t give your throat the proper attention it deserves.
If symptoms persist past 3-weeks, you are considered to have “chronic laryngitis,” often stemming from decreased immune response and/or poor gut health.
Laryngitis & Gut Health
What does the gut have to do with losing your voice?!
In the case of increased lymph inflammation and/or a suppressed immune system often seen in laryngitis, your gut health has everything to do with getting your voice back.
Since more than 80% of your immune system is produced and housed in your gut, when your gut is healthy, your immune system is strong and healthy—able to ward off infection.
However, when your gut is inflamed, out of balance, or presents with bacterial overgrowth or fungal infection (Ravikumar et al, 2014), then your immune system is weakened—leading to increased risk for an immune break down and illness, like laryngitis.
Although laryngitis CAN stem from voice overuse (like talking too much, screaming at a Backstreet Boys Reunion concert, or cheering your favorite team on), if your laryngitis is connected to your “allergies,” “change in weather,” or “the cold that is going around,” you may want to consider your gut health.
Survey Says: The Gut-Laryngitis Connection
Don’t just take my word for it.
In a study on the connection between gut health and laryngitis (Pendleton et al, 2013 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3846677/), researchers found a high correlation between laryngitis individuals like acid reflux. Even more confirming, when the researchers tried to “treat” the volunteers’ acid reflux by suppressing stomach acid production, laryngitis symptoms did NOT improve. Why? We need MORE stomach acid (not less) to aid in the process of digestion, and acid reflux is typically a result of LOW stomach acid already to start.
Other studies have revealed the connection between laryngitis and other health conditions like:
- Obesity (Young-Hoon, et al, 2015)
- Cigarette Smoking (Young-Hoon et al, 2015)
- Asthma (Dunn et al, 2015)
- Allergies (Stacheler & Dworkin-Valenti, 2017)
- And medication and steroid use (DelGaudio, 2002)
The Bottom Line
If your voice is hoarse or you’re wondering “how to get your voice back,” your gut health may be the gateway to healing and strengthening it back.
Try one (or all) of these 10 Remedies to Heal Laryngitis Naturally and get your voice back naturally.
HOW TO GET YOUR VOICE BACK: 9 REMEDIES TO HEAL LARYNGITIS NATURALLY.
- Double Dose Soil Based ProbioticsSoil-based probiotics are more readily absorbed by your gut and able to survive the digestive process to the large intestine where most of your bacteria live. Probiotics are “commensal” or “friendly” bacteria that should be in your gut. Take 2-3 per day (like this one) during an acute flare of laryngitis.
- Eat 1-2 Fermented Foods Daily
Reach for natural food probiotics found in sauerkraut, kombucha (low sugar) tea, fermented veggies, grass-fed plain full fat yogurt or kefir, kvass, kimchi and fermented relishes and horseradish.
- Don’t Forget Prebiotics
Prebiotics are the fiber that help your probiotics stick in your gut. Opt for an easily digestible fiber powder like Partially Hydrolyzed Guar Gum , and 1-2 starchy tubers or veggies, like cooked and cooled potatoes/sweet potatoes, green tipped plantains and bananas, garlic, jicama, onion, cooked and cooled winter squash, beets and carrots.
- Liposomal Curcumin
A natural anti-inflammatory agent found in the popular Thai and Indian spice, Turmeric. Liposomal Curcumin is more readily absorbed and used by our cells than capsule or spice forms, and evolving research is showing its powerful disease and immune boosting properties in diseases like cancer (Feng et al, 2017)
Essential oils have been used for centuries to as natural remedies for everything from the common cold, to stomach bugs and yes, laryngitis. Mentha piperita (peppermint) contains menthol and exhibits antibacterial and antiviral properties as well as an antitussive effects (“cough medicine”) (Ben-Arye et al, 2010). Dab topical peppermint oilonto your throat, chest and sinus points if needed to help cleanse airways, and/or diffuse in a diffuser http://amzn.to/2HZhZBf.
- Thieves Oil
A blend of 5 mighty oils including: clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, rosemary and eucalyptus essential oils. These 5 agents work to boost immunity and improve respiration. You can make your own or buy it here http://amzn.to/2pBzFfe to ingest 2-3 drops (diluted with a little bit of water), or rub on topically and diffuse as well.
- Bone Broth
Also known as the “windex” of health, bone broth’s rich complex of amino acids and multi-nutrients (including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin D, potassium, zinc, manganese, copper, boron, iron, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, and the B vitamins) makes it a win-win for boosting your body AND soothing an inflamed gut and lymph system. Sip 1-2 cups per day. I like to order mine from Ossogood Bone Broths (use code THRIVE for $10 off).
- Ginger Tea
Herbs like ginger are natural gut-health boosters. Ginger helps to reduce bloating, flatulence, intestinal colic, IBS and poor digestion as it stimulates digestive acids and secretions thus supporting the digestion of food and nutrient absorption and assimilation. Ginger is also a natural anti-inflammatory, perfect for supporting the immune system against the common cold and other viral infections. It reduces nasal congestion, coughs and sore throats.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Boost stomach acid—naturally. Stomach acid is essential for healthy digestion and boosting overall gut health. Take 1-2 tbsp. in 2-4 oz. of water several times throughout the day.
- Lots of Water & Rest
Just like mama used to say—for healing hydrate and rest. Drink LOTS of clean, filtered water and take it easy—not just sleep, but resting your voice as well. Taking a few days off of talking or straining (In fact, whispering maybe even more strain on your voice). Use your laryngitis time “off” from talking too much to observe, reflect, read, think and learn.