As horrible as thick, sticky mucus is, it actually serves a vital function in the body. Mucus lines the mouth, nose, sinuses, throat, lungs and gastrointestinal tract ? helping to lubricate these surfaces, while acting as a filter to remove unwanted substances before they enter the body.
This incredible goo also contains antibodies and enzymes that help the body recognize and kill invaders like bacteria and viruses.
Of course, you can have too much of a good thing, and mucus is no exception. Respiratory and sinus infections, colds and flu, allergies and irritants like smoke, and even environmental pollution all trigger changes in mucus that can leave you uncomfortable, frustrated and downright miserable.
Although nipping the underlying cause of excess mucus in the bud is vital to normalize production, these natural remedies will help you manage your streaming or stuffy nose and congested chest in the meantime.
If you suffer from mucus congestion or sinus problems, then this mucus-clearing juice recipe is just what you need to breathe proper, and pain-free! Excessive mucus in the body suggests that the body is in a state of agitation ? this mucus can result from exposure to toxins, pollutants, food additives and food allergens like dairy, wheat, eggs, and soy.
Consuming dairy and wheat are usually the main culprits of mucus congestion. Casein in all dairy products and gluten in wheat are not properly digested by the human body, leaving small partly-digested food particles that putrefy and become coated in a thick mucus to prevent further putrefaction in the intestines.
Celery, cucumber, mint, and ginger juice.
This recipe, courtesy of Juice Therapy, is a powerful decongestant. Celery and cucumber are a potent anti-inflammatories and known to help with hydration. Mint not only enhances the flavor of this juice. It also helps dislodge mucus, while ginger is among the most powerful decongestants.
Ginger tea with honey, apple cider vinegar and coconut oil.
Slice a clump of fresh ginger and placing the slices in a covered pot of water. Bring to a boil, remove from heat and cover, allowing the ginger to steep for 15 minutes. Once cool, pour into a container and refrigerate. When you feel congested, heat 1 part ginger water in 2 parts water. Add 1 spoonful raw honey, 1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar, and 1 teaspoon coconut oil.
This may sound strange, but radishes are wondrous for eliminating excess wheat and dairy, the two non-cold culprits of mucus. The recipe is easy and surprisingly delicious! Simply juice two bunches of radishes, 2 apples, 6 stalks celery, 3 inches ginger root, and 1 lemon. Drink a cup every day for 1 week. You should feel a difference.