Yeah, I just wanted to say it again. Just for fun. Say it with me, “mucus”.
But that’s what I’m talking about today.
Mucus is a bodily fluid that we produce specifically when we are sick. It’s an immune response. It breaks down harmful enzymes that enter our bodies so that we can get better faster. So, while gross, is actually super good for you.
The problem is when our bodies don’t stop producing mucus. Maybe you have a weakened immune system, or you could have a hyper-vigilant immune system that just goes after anything that it thinks might be causing you problems.
It could also be worth your while to explore the possibility that your gut bacteria are weakened, since it is one of the contributors to keeping you healthy (and if you’re super mucus-y it’s worth checking out your options).
Or just possibly, you’re allergic to something. Yeah, if you feel phlegmy (drippy nose post mealtime, eye goobies pretty consistently, constant runny nose, or cystic white acne) that might be your body telling you your allergic to something. So it’s worth it to explore what exactly you’re allergic too. Top allergens in the food department are: wheat, soy, dairy, tree nuts, eggs, and gluten
For others, more mucus might be an autoimmune disease or a simple zinc or good bacteria deficiency. So the first step is to find out the offenders, remove it, and go on an elimination diet if need be.
But, before you can get an appointment with your healthcare practitioner (I am not a doctor, don’t ever assume that someone on the Internet is right about your personal healthcare problems, go see a doctor) you might have to wait a while. In that case, here are the top foods you can eat to help clear mucus from your body.
Number 1: Cucumbers
Delicious, light, fruity, wonderful cucumbers. This fruit has loads of water, vitamin C, and potassium. It’s also an excellent way to reduce inflammation of your digestive tract, with benefits your immune system. Plus, cucumber water, am I right?
Number 2: Broccoli
I’m starting to think broccoli should have it’s own altar atop the ‘super foods’ pyramid. What can this veggie do? It’s packed with fiber, vitamin C, great to help with weight loss. It goes in pretty much any recipe and is just generally an all around superstar.
Number 3: Carrots
Speaking of versatile veggies, the carrot has to come right after broccoli. Humble in origin, this root is full of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber.
Number 4: Apples
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is a tried and true cliché. Apples are full of vitamin C (something that the orange takes all the credit in), potassium (which the banana is famous for) and pectin fiber. Neither oranges nor bananas have the versatility that apples do. Baked, raw, juiced…
Number 5: Berries
The best breakfast food. Vitamin C, antioxidants, and potassium. Just chuck them in your oatmeal, or your smoothie, or have a bowl for breakfast. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries… so many options.
Number 6: Ginger
Another thing that needs to have it’s own altar of the ‘super foods’ pyramid. Excellent to reduce inflammation, control hunger, boost metabolism, and now clear up excess mucus. And for me, it’s just that ‘go to’ seasoning no matter what time of year it is.
Number 7: Greens
When don’t you eat greens? Breakfast smoothies, lunchtime salads, dinnertime sides. These are just an all around yummy way to get vitamin A, B, C, and even vitamin E and potassium… plus fiber! Pretty much, you should be sold on these just for how healthy they sound.