I hate phlegm and mucus! It is annoying, it makes it hard to breathe, hard to eat, hard to exercise and it makes you feel like there is something permanently sitting in your throat. It seems like no matter how hard you try to cough or hack it up, it is impossible or it just comes right back. It is also pretty annoying for people around you to listen to you coughing and constantly clearning your throat all day, but you just can’t help it!
Since it is so hard to deal with once it is there, the best solution is to keep it from happening altogether. For a lot of people, the foods that they eat are the cause of phlegm and mucus build up. For a lot of people, the foods that they eat are the cause of phlegm and mucus build up. For a lot of people, the foods that they eat are the cause of phlegm and mucus build up. Some kind of allergy or reaction due to a certain type of food.Some kind of allergy or reaction due to a certain type of food. So in order to keep that from happening, you need to avoid certain foods. It can vary from person to person but there are common types of foods that are usually the culprit. Check them out below and see what happens when you cut these out of your diet for a couple of days.
1) Sugars – Sugars are a major culprit for a lot of people. It can come in the form of soda pop, flavored coffee, candy, ice cream, bubble gum and any other number of things. If you notice that right after you finish something sugary or as you are drinking a pop that you can feel an influx of phlegm build up, that is a really good indicator. Pay attention the next couple of times that you eat or drink something that is sugary and see if you notice a change.
2) Gluten – Gluten is a major phlegm and mucus culprit for a lot of people. In some people, gluten intolerance is even a disease called celiac disease. The hardest thing about this is that so many of the foods that we eat today have gluten in them. If you didn’t know, gluten is found in wheat products, so anything with wheat in it has gluten in it. Cereals, bread, crackers, the list goes on and on. If you can try cutting gluten out of your diet for a couple of days, you might find that your phlegm build up starts to go away. It can be a difficult dietary change, but it is actually a pretty healthy one because you will be forced to eat more fresh foods as a replacement.
3) Refined Carbs – Examples of refined carbs are white rice, pasta and white bread. Basically a refined carb is from a whole grain that has been stripped of it’s nutrients and vitamins in order to make it finer and have a longer shelf life. Here is a list of refined carbs that you would want to stay away from to see if it helps decrease your mucus production.
These are 3 of the most common culprits when it comes to foods that can and will increase your phlegm and mucus production. If you are really disciplined, try eliminating all of them from your diet and see what happens. If it works, then you can introduce one of them back at a time to see which one is the culprit for you.
If food is not your problem, be sure to check out some of our other articles on how to help cure your phlegm and determine what might be causing it.