The throat is the anterior part of the neck, in front of the vertebral column. It consists of the pharynx and larynx. The throat is common, to digestive as well as the respiratory systems. Not only does it form part of the digestive system, it helps control salivary build-up, aids speech and protects the airway from obstructions and serves as a passage for excess mucous. An important feature of the throat is the epiglottis, a flap which separates the esophagus from the trachea and prevents inhalation of food or drink.
The larynx is a group of tissues and includes muscles, cartilage and other soft tissues that are found at the top of the trachea. The vocal folds (or vocal chords) are contained among these structures and close to allow food to pass only down the esophagus and are prevented from entering the trachea. When air is pushed up through the larynx the vocal folds vibrate and sound is produced, the intensity of the sound can be changed depending on how fast the air is forced through the larynx. The pharynx is the upper part of the airway and begins at the back of the nasal passages and proceeds to the top of the oesophagus. It is generally considered to be part of both the respiratory tract and the digestive tract.
The main function of the throat is to act as a pathway for food that links the mouth, nose, esophagus and trachea. It plays a vital role in digestion and ensures that food enters the esophagus instead of the trachea.
A throat filled with toxins can cause a host of problems, including bad breath, general soreness and difficulty in swallowing. Such conditions can be caused by poor eating habits as well as smoking and chewing tobacco. From time to time, it is necessary to cleanse the throat just as you naturally cleanse other parts of your digestive system, such as your colon through excretion.
Though most people can clean their throats by simply expelling excess mucus, some people need to take additional measures. Cleansing of your throat may involve:
Stir two tablespoons of sea salt in a t glass of water. Standing in front of your bathroom sink, take a big sip, tilt your head back and gargle for as long as you can. Spit the saltwater into the sink. Swallowing the saltwater and toxins will just re-pollute your body.
Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. Take a big sip and gargle with the mixture. Then spit it into the sink. Gargle again, swallowing the mixture this time. Continue this process until the vinegar-water is gone. Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, which will kill any bacteria lining your throat or further along your digestive tract.
Peel a piece of ginger root the size of your thumb and add it to a pot of boiling water. Allow the water to cool and sip the water-ginger mixture slowly, adding honey if you wish. After finishing the mixture, chew the remaining pieces of ginger. Do not swallow the ginger. Ginger is an all-natural expectorant and will assist in removing pollutants from your throat.
Very often a sore throat is result of presence of Candida in throat. In such cases, this cleanse is very helpful.