8 Foods That Reduce Mucus, Phlegm and Snot

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    • Kathy says

      5 years ago I had a severe bout of pneumonia coupled with a sinus infection and have had constant phlegm since. Twice I have accidentally discovered a home based “cure” for expelling the phlegm as using hot steam in the shower has been my primary source of relief. Of course I had the usual rounds of antibiotics, but have struggled with phlegm since 2009. I am not usually into eating gel-based candies but I’ve noticed extraordinary results with eating candy such as Mike & Ike’s and Sour Patch watermelon flavor candies. This is purely conjecture, but could the thickening agents used in those candies bind to the phlegm and allow it to be expelled with even greater success? For me personally, this is the case. What I expel within an hour or so of eating the candies is what I would expel after several showers of hot steam. Mind you, the results I’ve experienced are also coupled with taking a hot shower, but much more productive than a hot shower alone. Just wanted to pass this bit of information along, as the problem has been a nuisance for the last 5 years and if I can help someone else with this issue, all the better! :)

    • Nvr Ness says

      Dairy products have no effect on phlegm production or making the problem worse. It might feel this way because milk has that thick or slick feeling.

      There have been at least two large scale studies done that showed no effects.

      • Nyasia says

        dairy has everything to do with mucus production and u said proven by two large studies it doesnt… please do your research because i did and dairy mskes it worst every time…

    • jillene says

      HORSERADISH! the fastest way to loosen it up and expel it – drink a glass of hot water with lemon and horseradish (PURE or with vinegar only, not the one with sugar mayonnaise etc)
      And be near a sink or toilet for the next 15 minutes to cough up and expel a bunch of unwanted sticky stuff

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  4. Ashley says

    *shoves every single ingredient in my cup and prays for divine intervention if it kills me and hopes it makes me better* Thank you for this lovely article, maybe things will clear up my sinuses a little.

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  6. Jim says

    Warm lemon water helps me, that along with exercise. I have had phlegm my entire life and even though I know dairy foods are bad, I find eliminating all dairy foods to be too difficult. Sugars of all types (sucrose, lactose etc.) are hard on me and yet I read honey to be a cure by some. Explain that one so it makes sense.

    • David Aston says

      My understanding of the honey recommendation is that when the mucus/phlegm is caused by a(n) allergic reaction to plants, dander or mold, the nutrient density / composition of most honey is supposed to help with the building of antibodies and subsequently helping to reduce the thickness of mucus and the production of phlegm.

      In clinicals, honey has also shown a powerful demulcent effect, high antioxidant properties, and it increased cytokine release, which might have antimicrobial effects.

      If you try honey and it doesn’t improve or you don’t feel it works as amazing as so many people claim, I definitely invite you to try bee pollen instead. Be pollen is an incredibly nutrient dense superfood and tends to show results much more quickly and in a profound matter.

      This all being said, I urge you to consider that there is no one-size, fits-all cure for everybody. These suggestions are based on personal observation and collective experience.

      Hope that helps!

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