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Too Much Phlegm And Snot? You Should Eat These 6 Foods More Often

Too Much Phlegm And Snot? You Should Eat These 6 Foods More Often

Let’s be honest here. Snot, phlegm and all such icky discharges from our bodies tend to gross us out to the point where we think mucus is bad. The truth is, mucus is very important for our bodies in the same way that motor oil is to an engine.

Mucus is particularly helpful for the respiratory system

Mucus helps us in three ways:

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  • by forming a protective cover over the tissues, preventing them from drying out and cracking;
  • by coating the tissue linings of the nose and throat like a sticky trap, preventing dust and bacteria from getting into the body and causing harm;
  • while phlegm and snot (mucus in the lungs and nose) look gooey and disgusting, they contain antibodies to fight off infections, enzymes to kill bacteria, protein to make it a hostile environment and plenty of other cells.

Do I have too much mucus?

Even at your healthiest, your body produces about 1-1.5 liters of mucus every day. However, when battling with an allergy, infection or something just too spicy, your body goes into a mucus overdrive – resulting in a runny nose or the urge to hock. Coughs and colds are your body’s way of throwing out the infected phlegm and snot, though a lot of it also travels to your stomach and gets thrown out by the digestive system. You have excess mucus when battling an infection or allergy and obvious signs include a stuffy nose, coughing, crusty eyes and believe it or not, bad breath.

Certain foods have the ability to dry out mucus, in gentle and natural ways. If you are fighting an infection, try these foods to help eliminate mucus and bring it down to normal levels.

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1. Onions

Onions are great for health overall and a compound called quercetin has shown promise in treating allergies and inflammation; as well as attenuating mucus production in the respiratory system. Note that quercetin is also found in leafy greens, tomatoes and other brightly colored veggies.

2. Pineapples

Despite its thorny appearance, a pineapple’s sweetness can help asthmatic and bronchial patients, as well as those with seasonal allergies, coughs and colds due to an enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain breaks down proteins, which phelgm and snot have in plenty, thus thinning it down and helping the body eliminate the excess.

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3. Chicken Soup

Various studies over the years have proven that a bowlful of hot, spicy (with things like garlic and pepper) chicken soup is very effective in clearing out mucus by thinning it down and helping the lungs fight off further infection.

4. Citrus Fruits

A great and healthy way to eliminate infections and mucus from the body is antioxidants – and citrus fruits are bursting with vitamin C – one of the best antioxidants that nature has to offer. These anti-oxidants act as natural decongestants, loosening the phlegm and snot and helping the body throw it out.

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5. Olive Oil

Olive oil brands often harp about a healthy compound, ‘oleocanthal’. This compound basically mimics the effect than anti-inflammatory drug ibuprofen has on the body, which helps thin out mucus and alleviate bronchospasms (coughing).

6. Green Tea with Honey

Most green teas including chamomile have plenty of flavonoids which reduce inflammation of the mucous membrane, thus lessening the body’s mucus overdrive. Honey is yet another anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agent that further helps thin and reduce phlegm and snot. Aided by warm water, both of these help the body rid itself of the excess mucus that much faster.

Do some foods cause more mucus?

While foods by themselves don’t really cause the body to make excess mucus; some do aggravate an already inflamed or infected mucus lining, irritating it further. If you have excess mucus, avoid dairy and wheat products as well as alcohol, coffee, high-fat and high-sugar foods.

Featured photo credit: FitnessJournal via fitnessjournal.co.nz

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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    Featured photo credit: Alexander Redl via unsplash.com

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