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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.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2019

10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

“Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

6. Give for the Joy of Giving

When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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Better yet, rethink about the job you’re doing: What to Do When You Hate Your Job but Want a Successful Career

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