Mucous is Icky and can be tricky
Updated: Oct 20, 2019
If your loved one is suffering with mucous related issues, there are many things to take into consideration. The food they eat can be contributing to the production of mucous and inflammation. Looking closely at diet, irrigating the nasal area, drinking good water, increasing activity and keeping the lymphatic system working well are all necessary steps in the right direction.
Heavy mucous can cause issues with attention, hearing, balance, coordination, social situations, fine and gross motor function as well as other things. With mucous comes inflammation. New cells are formed everyday, but inflammation kills cells, so the battle can be a vicious circle.
Foods that cause inflammation - Try to avoid or limit these foods as much as possible
refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and pastries
French fries and other fried foods
soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages
red meat (burgers, steaks) and processed meat (hot dogs, sausage)
margarine, shortening, and lard
Anti-inflammatory foods - An anti-inflammatory diet should include these foods
green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collards
nuts like almonds and walnuts
fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines
fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges
Common Food Allergies Include - good thing to note. If your loved one craves or eats these things regularly they may be smart to eliminate
Cow and Soy Milk
Common foods to avoid that naturally contain histamine - avoid these as much as possible
Processed Meats (hot dogs, bacon, ham and cold cuts)
Cheeses, Yogurt, Sour Cream, Buttermilk
Smoked Fish, Sardines, Anchovies
Alcoholic Beverages, Cider
Fruits and Vegetables to eat - to keep mucous and histamine down
Sources of omega-3s include - Certain fish, seeds, nuts and more contain essential fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce inflammation and mucous.
Other Foods for an Anti-Mucous Diet - Even some foods you might not have thought to try have been found to reduce mucous production.