What is mucus and where is it found?
Mucus by definition is a normal, slippery and stringy fluid substance produced by many lining tissues in the human body, YOUR body (nose, lung, throat, sinuses and digestive tract). It is essential for bodily functions and acts as a protective and moisturising layer to keep critical organs from drying out.
Mucus also acts as a trap for irritants like dust, smoke, or bacteria. It contains antibodies and bacteria-killing enzymes to help fight off infections.The body produces a lot of mucus - about 1 to 1.5 liters per day. We don't tend to notice mucus at all unless its production is increased or the quality of mucus has changed, as may happen with different illnesses and conditions (Medicine.net, 2019).
What do I need to avoid on an anti-mucus diet?
Many people suffer with producing too much or excessive amounts of mucus. However, there are certain foods that may worsen mucus production and its thickness in the body. Foods that you are allergic or intolerant to typical cause your body to produce more mucus than normal to protect those areas.
Common food allergies include:
- Fish & Shellfish
If mucus production or other symptoms persist then always consult your doctor for advice as allergies can be series.
Then there are foods that may cause an increase histamine response in your body which makes you produce more mucus. For example, bananas, strawberries, pineapple, papaya, eggs and chocolate but there are more. However, keep in mind everyone's body reacts differently and you must consult with your doctor when trying to determine reasons behind mucus production.
So then what can I eat?
Image source: Further reading at https://livelovefruit.com/foods-that-cause-excessive-mucus/
There are many things that you can eat to help reduce mucus production and here are a few tips with research:
Hopefully this helps a few of you to one understand why your body produces mucus, what can trigger mucus production and how to manage producing more. There are always choices to consider but as always please consult a health professional before you take those steps.
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