Do you snore? Do you sleep with someone who snores? Almost 40% of men and 24% of women are what is called “habitual snorers” meaning they snore almost every time they are asleep.
If you or a loved one snores you have probably tried innumerable home solutions including snore strips, anti snore pillows or even a neti pot to no avail.
Snoring not only disrupts the snorer’s sleep but also the sleep of those around them. It’s no secret that the healthier you are and the closer you are to your ideal weight the less likely you are to snore. However, in addition to consuming healthy foods, there are certain foods that have been shown to be especially effective at combating snoring. Here are the top 7 foods that may just be your natural solution to snoring.
When it comes to snoring, honey is a sweet solution. The therapeutic value of honey is far-reaching, especially local, raw and organic honey. This gift from the bees relaxes the throat, soothes irritation and reduces swelling. If you are particularly prone to snoring when you have a cold, dropping a spoonful of honey in some warm lemon water before bed will coat your throat and keep snoring at bay.
Ah, the golden miracle spice. It is likely that you have heard about turmeric and its multitude of medicinal qualities. This rich Indian spice has potent anti-inflammatory properties. Many people snore because they have inflamed nasal passages. For a quick fix, mix two teaspoons of organic turmeric powder in a glass of warm milk. Sprinkle with cinnamon and drink about 30 minutes before going to bed.
Onions are not only packed with powerful antioxidants but they are also powerful natural decongestants. Nibbling on some raw onions before bed will not only help clear your sinuses and chest congestion but it will also give your immune system a boost and fight tooth decay.
Pineapple is one of the top anti-inflammatory foods. It contains bromelain, a powerful protein-digesting enzyme that gives pineapple its anti-inflammation punch. Eat a few pieces of frozen or fresh pineapple before going to bed to reduce inflammation that causes snoring. Several studies show that bromelain can also reduce mucus in the lungs and nose.
Horseradish is super pungent and not for the faint of heart. However, it is a highly effective food to relieve sinus blockages and dry up mucus that can cause snoring. A great way to enjoy this condiment is to put a little dollop on some fresh tomatoes with salt and pepper.
Garlic is well known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. However, garlic is also a powerful anti-inflammatory food that can reduce swelling in the tonsils that causes snoring due to sleep apnea. If you are a sleep apnea sufferer, chew on a few fresh cloves of garlic each night before going to bed. Trust me, your sleeping partner won’t mind the aroma if it stops your snoring – the trade-off is worth it!
Fresh peppermint contains anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties which will keep airways open and swelling down. The best way to reap the benefits of peppermint is to steep fresh peppermint leaves in hot water, add a little honey and drink before bedtime.
There you have it – seven natural and effective ways to reduce inflammation and ease snoring. Let me know if any of these work for you.