Study Shows Gargling Significantly Prevents Colds


It’s that time of year again. The kids are back in school, as the colder weather sets in, the windows and doors get shut. Germs start swirling and dancing around classrooms, stores, and homes and there we are smack dab, back in the middle of cold and flu season…again.

I don’t know about you, but when my kids bring home a germ, they get a little sniffle, cough a few times, maybe have a bit of a runny nose for 5 minutes, and then wake up the next morning feeling fresh as a daisy. Meanwhile, I’ve just contracted what I’m pretty sure is SARS, have a fever of 105°, feel like my head is going to explode from the mucous that is being stored up there, and am sick for a good week! 

Although I am putting an onion by my bed early this year, wash my hands constantly, neti pot nightly, and take vitamins like they’re going out of style, I am going to be adding a new protocol to my cold and flu prevention routine.


A study was done by the Kyoto University School of Public Health in Kyoto, Japan that concluded that simple water gargling is effective in preventing URTI’s (Upper Respiratory Tract Infections) among healthy people.

Simple water gargling was effective to prevent URTIs among healthy people. This virtually cost-free modality would appreciably benefit the general population.

The study asked the participants to gargle at least 3 times per day with plain water. When compared with a control group, the incidence of contracting a URTI (aka a cold) decreased significantly. I wish they would have compared those gargling with plain water, with those gargling with salt water, as salt is very effective at destroying bacteria and may have yielded even better results.

My Plan

What I personally plan to do is gargle with plain water throughout the day (when I drink water), and then at night, before going to bed, gargle with a salt water solution. My holistic dentist already has me rinsing my mouth out with salt water, so why not add some gargling to the mix?!

Does your child know how to gargle? If so, how did you teach them to gargle? Also, if you already gargle for prevention of colds, do you use plain water, salt water, water and hydrogen peroxide, water and apple cider vinegar, or something else?

To Your Health!

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  1. So when you say ‘What I personally plan to do is gargle with plain water throughout the day (when I drink water)’ I assume one spits the water out after gargling. At least I do. But not sure everyone does.

  2. Rojashomes says:

    I’ve been gargling with plain water and have shown my 8 year old to do it too….We let the water go deep into our throats and then spit it out, the gunk that comes out, especially in the morning is nasty…So far it’s worked great and we haven’t gotten sick!

  3. We gargle with ACV when we feel the start of something!!

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