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21 Foods That Trigger Mucus Production (and 21 Foods That Reduce It)

26 Dec 2017
| Under Diet and Nutrition, In the Home, Tips | Posted by | 23 Comments
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Our body’s production of mucus is actually meant to keep us healthy as it serves as a sort of sticky tape that collects dust, bacteria, and other potentially harmful airborne particles so our body can get rid of these things more easily before they have a chance to settle into our lungs.

However, if you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), mucus production is often so excessive that it can actually hurt your health.

Mucus and COPD

An article published in the International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease explains that the increase in mucus secretions commonly found with COPD patients negatively impacts both lung function and quality of life.

It also can increase your number of COPD-related exacerbations and hospitalizations.

It even can have more detrimental effects as the article goes on to say that several studies have found that people with “chronic mucus hypersecretion” have a higher risk of death. This is true in regard to respiratory-related death, death due to pulmonary infection, and some even found a higher mortality rate in general.

Though a person without COPD is generally able to get rid of excess mucus, those with this disease often have a more difficult time because of poor function of the cilia in the respiratory tract and from having an “ineffective cough” due to weak respiratory muscles and obstructed airways.

One way to help combat these effects is to stay away from foods that can potentially increase mucus production even more.

Mucus-Producing Foods

There are certain foods that, when eaten, can cause our bodies to produce even more mucus than ordinary or thicken the mucus that is already created, causing havoc in a different way. Therefore, avoiding these items can help ease the chronic mucus problems typically experienced with COPD.

With that thought in mind, here are 21 mucus-causing or mucus-thickening foods to consider removing from your diet:

  1. Red meat
  2. Milk
  3. Cheese
  4. Yogurt
  5. Ice Cream
  6. Butter
  7. Eggs
  8. Bread
  9. Pasta
  10. Cereal
  11. Bananas
  12. Cabbage
  13. Potatoes
  14. Corn and corn products
  15. Soy products
  16. Sweet desserts
  17. Candy
  18. Coffee
  19. Tea
  20. Soda
  21. Alcoholic beverages

So what’s left to eat?

Foods That Reduce Mucus

While it may seem like you can’t eat anything because all of the major food groups have already been wiped out, there are actually some foods left that have the ability to reduce your mucus production.

Here are 21 of them:

  1. Salmon
  2. Tuna
  3. Sardines
  4. Flounder
  5. Pumpkin
  6. Pumpkin seeds
  7. Grapefruit
  8. Pineapple
  9. Watercress
  10. Celery
  11. Pickles
  12. Onion
  13. Garlic
  14. Honey or agar
  15. Ginger
  16. Lemon
  17. Cayenne pepper
  18. Chamomile
  19. Olive oil
  20. Broth
  21. Decaf tea

If you or a loved one suffers from a chronic disease like COPD, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis or other symptoms of lung disease, the Lung Institute offers a variety of adult stem cell treatment options. Contact us today at (800) 729-3065 or fill out the form to see if you qualify for stem cell therapy, and find out what stem cell therapy could mean for you.

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23 Comments

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  2. Lung Institute

    2 weeks ago

    Ugo:
    Thank you for your question. We do not have any clinics in the UK. We have five clinic locations in the United States.
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    To receive our newsletter, follow this link to lunginstitute.com and scroll down near the bottom. You will see a box where you can enter your email address to get our newsletters.

    In the meantime, you can learn more about stem cell treatment options and have your questions answered by one of our patient coordinators. Feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 for more information. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  3. Ugo

    2 weeks ago

    Could you Email your newsletter and where to make contact with any UK brAnches.

  4. Lung Institute

    2 weeks ago

    Gloria:

    Thank you for your comment and question. Yes, many of us have noticed the list of good foods isn’t as enticing as the list of foods to avoid. The avoid list contains most of our favorites.

    As for treatments, most doctors prescribe traditional treatments like inhalers and nebulizers. They only address the symptoms and help you feel better temporarily. Our stem cell treatments actually address the progression of the disease and help slow it down.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell therapy, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with a patient coordinator. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  5. Gloria Marrocco

    2 weeks ago

    I have just read foods we can and can’t eat with copd and quite frankly, I find this really daunting as I am allergic to all seafood. I have a very healthy diet and never eat takeaway. I only eat one meal a day and have done this for years. I am a hairdresser and had to finish working at the salon feb 2017 due to the very toxic environment we work in and i spent all day coughing to the point of vomiting. Not working has been very stressful to me because hairdressing has been my life and I have loved every day of it.
    Everything you have in the don’t eat list, are some of the things i eat. My diet mainly consists of chicken and salad or veggies. I eat nuts throughout the day and I occassionally have a desert. I also take vitamins.
    I think when you are having an exasperation, it doesn’t matter what you eat because everything affects you. I really feel sad that there is not more that can be done for sufferers and how every DOctor assumes that you must be a smoker because that is not the case with everone.
    What i would like to know is why can’t someone develop a vitamin that contains stem cell so people like us can have an affordable option to improve our quality of life? Especially with the resorses and technology available these days. Seriously, there has to be some alternative rather than puffers and steroids. Please…someone help us.

  6. Lung Institute

    3 weeks ago

    Rajinder:

    Thank you for your question. We have five clinic locations throughout the United States.
    Tampa, Fla.
    Nashville, Tenn.
    Scottsdale, Ariz.
    Pittsburgh, Penn.
    Dallas, Texas

    We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy and cost. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  7. Rajinder Verma

    3 weeks ago

    I am having cops since last 10 years
    I am in India where from I get treatment

  8. Lung Institute

    3 weeks ago

    Vaneta:

    Thank you for your comment and we are so happy to hear your stem cell therapy has helped your battle with COPD. It is also nice to hear that you are taking a holistic approach to the treatment with a change in diet.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  9. Vaneta

    3 weeks ago

    stem cell therapy was the best thing I did for myself! It has been seven years since I was DIAGNOSED with late stage copd. My health had been going steadily down hill. I decided to give stem cell therapy a try and ever so thankful I did! I haven’t had any episodes with breathing difficulties, feel like it reversed time back ten years for me. I have switched to a plant based diet and feel that by not eating meat and dairy products I have also helped myself in feeling better. Diet is highly important in our health, at all ages and stages of life!

  10. Lung Institute

    4 weeks ago

    Ernie:

    Thank you for your comment. We try to provide treatment and dietary options to people who are researching lung disease and treatments. We will admit not all foods are the best tasting. We think you are right in that the good tasting food is usually bad, and the bad tasting ones are usually good for you.

    It is good to see you have a plan that incorporates some of what we have written about.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell therapy for chronic lung diseases. We have a dedicated medical team who have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy, cost and more. So, feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  11. Ernie Komarek

    4 weeks ago

    After reading about foods to avoid and recommended foods for reducing mucus production i conclude that I have to ask myself one one question – do I like it or not. If i like it, it’s bad. That brings to mind thoughts about quality of life. isn’t that what we are striving for? why would we extend our lives only to spend more time eating foods we don’t like? as a person with gold stage 4 copd and multiple other issues, i’m going to eat whatever i enjoy (with some dietary restrictions). I’ll just eat less of it by consuming smaller portions from the bad list and larger amounts from the good list. If i avoid the worst foods for six days, i’ll reward myself with a small hamburger on the seventh day. i have also had good success reducing mucus by DRINKING lemon water before meals.

  12. Lung Institute

    4 weeks ago

    Ed:

    Thank you for your comment and question. We write our blog articles to cover a wide variety of topics to help someone live day to day with lung disease. We want people to be as informed as possible about traditional, natural and alternative treatments that may help.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell therapy, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  13. Lung Institute

    4 weeks ago

    Nevin:

    Our stem cell treatments are still classified by insurance companies and Medicare as an emerging treatment and therefore have not been approved. Keep in mind, it takes many years before insurance companies do research on drugs and treatments before granting approval. Stem cells were first introduced for bone marrow transplants in the 1950s and 1060s and did not gain medical acceptance for more than 20 years and finally insurance coverage. Now, it is considered mainstream treatment.

    We continue to provide research and results to insurance companies in hopes this could expedite the process, but we realize it may take a while.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell therapy, so feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  14. Nevin Overmiller

    4 weeks ago

    If your stem cell treatment is so great why isn’t it covered by health care plans and medicare?

    Thank you

  15. Ed McIntyre

    4 weeks ago

    Wonder why pulmonologist didn’t tell me what foods to avoid to reduce mucus production.
    Respetech unit has helped with mucus.

  16. Lung Institute

    1 month ago

    June:

    Thank you for your comment. We would suggest you see your primary doctor or specialist to get a more definitive answer to your concern.

    We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cell therapy for chronic lung diseases. We have a dedicated medical team who have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy, cost and more. So, feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  17. june

    1 month ago

    I am concerned as I am short of breath and my doctor thinks i have emphasema

  18. Lung Institute

    1 month ago

    Edward:

    Treatment and cost vary from person to person. We understand that each patient is unique and has individual needs. Because of that, we make sure to go over the patient’s history and our treatment options in detail with each patient. In order to determine if someone is a candidate for treatment, we need to gather more of their private medical history in a secure setting. The best way to do that is by giving us a call and speaking one-on-one with someone on our medical team over our secure phone line. We’re happy to answer your questions about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy and cost. So, feel free to contact us at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  19. Lung Institute

    1 month ago

    Carl:

    We have offered discounts on a fairly regular basis. If you contact one of our patient coordinators they will be able to discuss this with you and also help you get notified when we offer discounts. Also, contact a patient coordinator in the next couple of days to hear some new information that may be important to you.

    We have a dedicated medical team who have a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment options, candidacy, cost and more. So, feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  20. Edward McMorris

    1 month ago

    I am interested in my peoblem With copd and receive information.

  21. carl e powell

    2 months ago

    how ofen do you offer a discount for treatment I live in Va.

  22. Lung Institute

    2 months ago

    Danielle:

    We are sorry to hear about your dad. We have five clinics in the continental United States.
    Tampa
    Nashville
    Scottsdale
    Pittsburgh
    Dallas

    Our team has a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment, candidacy and cost. We’re happy to answer your questions. Feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with our dedicated medical team. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  23. Danielle Battisti

    2 months ago

    I really wish my dad could get stem cell therapy. Unfortunately, he is in Hawai’i.

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