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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

olive oil

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

Eggs

Fish

Cow and Soy Milk

Tree nuts

Peanuts

Shellfish

Wheat

Soy


Common foods to avoid that naturally contain histamine - avoid these as much as possible

Processed Meats (hot dogs, bacon, ham and cold cuts)

Vinegar

Dried Fruits

Avocados

Tomatoes

Spinach

Mushrooms

Eggplant

Cheeses, Yogurt, Sour Cream, Buttermilk

Smoked Fish, Sardines, Anchovies

Alcoholic Beverages, Cider


Fruits and Vegetables to eat - to keep mucous and histamine down

Berries

Citrus Fruits

Cantaloupe

Kiwi

Leafy Greens

Bell Peppers

Broccoli

Squash


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.

Mackerel

Salmon

Herring

Tuna

Lake Trout

Walnuts

Flaxseeds

Pumpkin Seeds


Other Foods for an Anti-Mucous Diet - Even some foods you might not have thought to try have been found to reduce mucous production.

Garlic

Celery

Pickles

Onions

Lemons

Watercress

Parsley



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Alison and Matthew Wimmer

Developmental & Behavioral Consultants