There’s no sexier feeling than snorting or coughing and feeling like you still have some mucus that is too stubborn to leave your throat. We’re joking, obviously. Instead of looking and sounding like a disgusting monster in front of your friends, coworkers, or family, you head to the bathroom to deal with the problem. What if this is happening and you aren’t even sick? If you aren’t sick, you shouldn’t have that mucus, right? Well, not exactly.
As it turns out, certain foods can increase mucus production and lead to the buildup of phlegm in the body. Excess mucus in the body can increase your risk of respiratory infections, including sinusitis, colds, flus, and more. While it is easier to blame the weather, a friend’s child with a runny nose, or a coughing coworker, the reality is that your diet may be the culprit of your congestion and constant hacking.
What Is Mucus?
Mucus lines many tissues in the body and it helps to prevent organs from drying up. It also has the job of keeping bacteria and other airborne particles from entering the body, and mucus contains enzymes and antibodies that work to kill bacteria and other infections. While mucus works to protect the lungs and respiratory system, having an excess amount of mucus can jeopardize respiratory health.
Foods That Trigger Mucus Production
First off, we encourage people to avoid soy because it is one of the most genetically engineered foods on the planet. Now we have a new reason to steer clear of soy. Soy products lead to more unhealthy mucus accumulation in the body than any other plant foods. Not to mention, the mucus that accumulates is unhealthy mucus and can worsen your symptoms if you are sick.
Dairy products can thicken pre-existing mucus and increase mucus production. People who consume milk, cheese, or yogurt while they are sick can commonly experience difficulty swallowing or thickened saliva. Dairy products contain a protein known as casein, which can increase the secretion of mucus, cause digestive troubles, or increase risk of sinus infection.
Sorry, folks, but drinking that coffee, soda, black or green tea, and other caffeinated beverages can increase the risk of dehydration, which leads to thicker mucus production. Not only does drinking water and herbal teas keep you sufficiently hydrated, but it also keeps mucus secretions lubricated and thin.
Some people know they have allergies or sensitivities to foods, yet they continue to eat them. Strange…we know. The continued consumption of food allergens can increase mucus production, a common allergic response to foods containing gluten, dairy, or soy. The symptoms typically manifest in the form of nasal congestion, sneezing, or coughing. Eliminating certain foods may help decrease the amount of mucus buildup in the body. Click here to learn more about an elimination diet.
Due to the high protein content of red meat, it is very common to experience mucus production in the throat after consumption. Additionally, a lot of red meat is highly processed, filled with antibiotics, and rich in fat, all of which lead to mucus buildup. If you are going to purchase meat, it is best to purchase grass-fed grain-free meat, or opt for wild-caught fish for a healthier option.
In closing, everyone will react differently to the foods mentioned in this article. Some people may experience tremendous mucus buildup after they eat soy, while others may experience nothing. Pay attention to the foods that you eat and eliminate the ones that cause negative reactions.