Foods that create mucus

 

Our body’s production of mucus is actually meant to keep us healthy as it serves as a sort of sticky tape that collects dust, bacteria, and other potentially harmful airborne particles so our body can get rid of these things more easily before they have a chance to settle into our lungs.

However, if you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), mucus production is often so excessive that it can actually hurt your health.

Mucus and COPD

An article published in the International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease explains that the increase in mucus secretions commonly found with COPD patients negatively impacts both lung function and quality of life.

It also can increase your number of COPD-related exacerbations and hospitalizations.

It even can have more detrimental effects as the article goes on to say that several studies have found that people with “chronic mucus hypersecretion” have a higher risk of death. This is true in regard to respiratory-related death, death due to pulmonary infection, and some even found a higher mortality rate in general.

Though a person without COPD is generally able to get rid of excess mucus, those with this disease often have a more difficult time because of poor function of the cilia in the respiratory tract and from having an “ineffective cough” due to weak respiratory muscles and obstructed airways.

One way to help combat these effects is to stay away from foods that can potentially increase mucus production even more.

Mucus-Producing Foods

There are certain foods that, when eaten, can cause our bodies to produce even more mucus than ordinary or thicken the mucus that is already created, causing havoc in a different way. Therefore, avoiding these items can help ease the chronic mucus problems typically experienced with COPD.

With that thought in mind, here are 21 mucus-causing or mucus-thickening foods to consider removing from your diet:

Red meat

Milk

Cheese

Yogurt

Ice Cream

Butter

Eggs

Bread

Pasta

Cereal

Bananas

Cabbage

Potatoes

Corn and corn products

Soy products

Sweet desserts

Candy

Coffee

Tea

Soda

Alcoholic beverages

So what’s left to eat?

Foods That Reduce Mucus

While it may seem like you can’t eat anything because all of the major food groups have already been wiped out, there are actually some foods left that have the ability to reduce your mucus production.

Here are 21 of them:

Salmon

Tuna

Sardines

Mullein

Pumpkin

Pumpkin seeds

Grapefruit

Pineapple

Watercress

Celery

Pickles

Onion

Garlic

Honey or agar

Ginger

Lemon

Cayenne pepper

Chamomile

Olive oil

Broth

Decaf tea

If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like COPD, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute offers a variety of cellular treatment options.

Credit: Lung institute 

 

SUPPORT

 

You can also learn more about health and nutrition by joining our group Plant Therapy- Lung Detox

 

A great method of easing COPD, lung symptoms and mucus build-up is by going through our Mullein lung detox programme.

 

 

Mullein helps remove any 'gunk' from with the lungs via its gentle yet thorough expectorant abilities. It helps the lungs purge themselves of mucous and phlegm that have taken their fill of toxins, pollutants, and foreign matter so that it can be given healthy replacements.

   

 

Breathe Easy, My Friends!!

 

 

Herbal Tea Therapy: Any food Information found on Herbal Tea Therapy is meant for educational and informational purposes only, and to motivate you to make your own health care and dietary decisions based upon your own research and ****in partnership with your health care provider.*** It should not be relied upon to determine dietary changes, a medical diagnosis or courses of treatment.