Avoiding These 4 Foods is The Best Medicine to Reduce Mucus in Throat 

 September 3, 2015

By  Gabriela

This is a topic that people usually avoid, but this doesn’t mean that this bodily function is not important. On a contrary, mucus (phlegm, snot or booger) acts as some sort of lubricant for the human body.

There are tissues that are able to produce mucus in different body parts – the mouth, lungs, throat, gastrointestinal tract and sinuses. All these tissues produce mucus that serves as protection for the surfaces of the body parts and protect the tissues from drying out.

Mucus also protects the infection of the body from bacteria, viruses and other harmful germs. Whenever a substance gets inside the body without our will and the substance will probably result in illness, the mucus wraps the pathogen that doesn’t belong in the system and prevent it from full penetration in the body and the immune system. To put it in simple words, mucus is here to prevent illnesses.

So, the gooey, unattractive, green thing which is intensively produced when we are sick is here to help us. Mucus is rich in enzymes, antibodies, cells and protein among other things.

All these substances are useful for the body, especially when we feel sick. When you are ill, you can notice that the production of mucus is significantly increased. The reason for that is simple – the body is producing a compound that can help us eliminate the illness. Although it looks gross, mucus is great when it comes to your health.

Production of Mucus

The body creates mucus all the time. However, people can’t see it all the time because it is typically thin and slides to the back of the throat. In other words, we don’t even notice it when everything is all right.

But we all know that there are times when mucus gets stickier and thicker and this is usually the period when we are sick and we blow the nose all the time. Just remind yourself of the times when you had a flu, cold or AANS.

Mucus can also change its consistency when the body is in touch with some allergens. Mucus will try to protect the system from the allergen. What is even more interesting is that there are certain types of food that can encourage the production of mucus.

Avoiding These 4 Foods is The Best Medicine to Reduce Mucus in Throat

The Best Medicine To Reduce Mucus in Throat

How To Reduce Phlegm?

There are some foods that can trigger so-called gustatory rhinitis. This is a reflex reaction that is triggered by eating. The final result is overproduction and excess phlegm.

Scientists have discovered that there are four specific types of food that can lead to excess phlegm. In case you want to lower or get rid of phlegm in throat, you should definitely avoid these foods:

  • Gluten
  • Red meat that is rich in fat
  • Alcohol
  • Milk and dairy products.

This is a list of foods that are known for triggering gustatory rhinitis, which accelerates the production of mucus, a feeling that is not very pleasant.

Sources: Healthy Food House | Knoji | Diet Health Club | Lung Institute

About the author 


A mom of two with a background in journalism, I took health into my own hands and started researching to find answers to my own health struggles. My research turned into a blog that turned into an amazing community (starring you!).When I'm not reading medical journals, creating new recipes, you can find me somewhere outside in the sun or undertaking some DIY remodeling project that inevitably takes twice as long as it was supposed to.

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