I have several clients who have been concerned with excess mucus in the back of their throats. What can you do to relieve it and why does it build up?
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Foods that Relieve or Cause Throat Mucus
Unfortunately, some foods can cause throat mucus, and if you are already dealing with throat mucus, the last thing you want to do is add to the problem. Milk and milk products like yogurt, cottage cheese and butter, cause excess mucus in the throat. These items carry protein molecules called casein which increases secretions of mucus and is difficult to digest. Along with milk products, caffeine, sugar, salt, non- herbal teas, (especially black tea), all create excess mucus. Soy is one of the most mucus making plant foods there is. Those who give up meats and dairy and switch to soy products, have a greater risk of creating an unhealthy mucus build up in the body. Try a Whey product instead. Shaklee has a great Whey Protein drink called Cinch. Check it out at www.theresebrown.myshaklee.com and enter item code #20068.
Although there are many foods and food groups that can cause mucus in the throat, there are also a multitude of foods that can help to relieve it. A spoonful of honey and ginger can help the body to get rid of excess mucus; this is a popular remedy for many sufferers. Spicy foods like cayenne pepper, wasabi, and chili peppers will all help the body release mucus build up in the nose and throat. It is important to make sure you are drinking an adequate intake of fluids a day to help mucus to pass through the throat. Water is the number one help for throat mucus; pair it with vitamins C, E and Zinc for a natural remedy for throat mucus!
Help for Throat Mucus
When the mucus in the back of the throat becomes thick, it is natural to feel a need to clear the throat with coughing. Clearing your throat will help the phlegm loosen or break up in the back of the throat, giving way to the uncomfortable feeling. Mucus problems can be a nuisance, but there are some simple ways to remedy it. Make sure that you drink plenty of liquids such as water, juice or tea with honey, and gargle daily with warm salt water to thin out mucus. Another easy fix to get rid of excess mucus, is to add eucalyptus oil to a tub of boiling water and inhale the vapors which will help to drain the mucus from the throat and chest.
Prepare ginger tea with either fresh chopped ginger root or dry ginger powder. For fresh ginger, boil 2 cups of water. Add 2 tbsp. of chopped and peeled fresh ginger root and simmer for five minutes. Remove from heat and steep, covered, for 20 minutes. To prepare tea with dry ginger, boil 2 cups of water and stir in 1/2 tsp. ginger powder. Sweeten dry or fresh ginger tea with honey if desired. Drinking up to 3 cups a day could help clear your mucus, says “The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies,” but there is not enough clinical evidence to support medicinal use of dry or fresh ginger.