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How to Treat and Reduce Mucus Production/Phlegm levels in Throat
What Is Throat Mucus?
Throat mucus or phlegm is substance that accumulates from dripping that takes place in the back of your nose and from throat glands. Nose and throat glands produce one to two liters of mucus per day. Mucus contains cells which have a number of key functions:
Cleansing and moistening nasal passages
Trapping foreign particles
Humidifying the air
Stopping foreign particles from getting into the respiratory system
Symptoms that accompany throat mucus are throat congestion, Coughing and shortness of breath.
Causes of Throat Mucus
There are many airborne toxins and pollutants such as chemicals, smoke, dust, dander and pollens that try to invade our bodies daily. If throat mucus has become a chronic problem it is usually caused by food or environmental allergies. Other possible causes are bronchitis, a sinus infection, smoking, heavy metal accumulation in the body, nutrient deficiencies and mucus forming foods such as dairy products.
Help For Throat Mucus
The type of diet we consume determines whether food allergies which lead to mucus production will develop. Diets low in nutrients and high in processed foods containing simple sugars, carbohydrates, chemicals and unhealthy fats lead to food allergies. Eating a healthy diet will not only eliminate many food allergies but will eliminate mucus production due to nutrient deficiencies in the diet.
Supplementing the diet with vitamin C, E and zinc and cod liver oil will help prevent excess mucus buildup. Vitamin C should be in a supplement combined with bioflavonoids which will greatly enhance it's effectiveness. Reduced L-glutathione is useful for breaking down and eliminating excess mucus. It is has the ability to bind to heavy metals and transport them out of the body. Dosages are as follows: Vitamin C with bioflavonoids - 1000mg 3 times per day, Vitamin E - 400 iu per day, Zinc - 30mg per day, reduced L-glutathione - 150mg twice per day and cod liver oil - one teaspoon per day.
Herbs with antibiotic properties such as echinacea, calendula and goldenseal can treat the infection that leads to mucus production. These herbs also are effective at bringing balance to intestinal flora vital to body health and boosting the immune system. Fresh air and exercise help detoxify the body which will help reduce mucus production.
Ginger powder and honey have been found effective at reducing throat mucus. Make a mixture by combining one tablespoon ginger powder with two tablespoons of honey. Take one tablespoon of the mixture three times daily. Gargle regularly with warm water and salt. Do not swallow because excess salt intake can lead to dehydration. Drink eight glasses of water daily to thin and loosen mucus. Add eucalyptus oil to a vaporizer and then breath deeply to help loosen phlegm and lessen congestion.
Homeopathic treatments have been found effective at improving overall lung condition and help to reduce phlegm. Kali mur is known for it’s effectiveness at easing and soothing persistent coughs. Kali sulph excellent at reducing excess phlegm, nasal congestion and inflammation.
Avoid mucus forming foods such as fried foods, meat and dairy products. Foods that help loosen mucus include spicy foods, hot chili peppers and horseradish. Drink plenty of hot liquids such as herbal teas to moisten the airways and break up mucus. Using a humidifier at night will help thin mucus. Avoid toxins that contribute to mucus buildup such as cigarette smoke, household cleaners, paint fumes and pet dander.
Avoid all pharmaceutical cough suppressants because they will not reduce phlegm but cause it to build up in the lungs and lengthen the duration of the infection. Drink 8 eight ounce glasses of water daily to help loosen mucus and wash away the excess in the throat.