In moderation, your body’s mucus production is supposed to benefit you. After all, it is supposed to help trap bacteria, mold spores and viruses before they get to your lungs and cause infections. However, too much mucus can cause problems for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). For example, excess mucus can clog up airways and make it even harder for you to breathe.
You Can Reduce Mucus Production Naturally
COPD patients may be looking for natural ways to reduce mucus production. One of the most effective steps you can take to do this is to not eat certain foods because some common foods actually increase mucus production.
Foods to Avoid When Trying to Decrease Mucus Production
Of the foods that can cause increased mucus production, there are 30 in particular that you may want to eat less of or avoid altogether. These foods include:
- Processed meats
- Cream cheese
- Cottage cheese
- Ice cream
- Beans: black, red, white, lima
- Corn and corn products
- Soy products
- Sweet desserts
- Alcoholic beverages
- Deep-fried foods
Many of these foods are things you may currently be eating on a daily or weekly basis, and you may be wondering if there are any foods you can eat to reduce mucus production. Well, there are.
These Foods Help Reduce Mucus Production
It may astonish some COPD patients, but there are common foods that can help reduce the amount of mucus your body produces. The best part is that these foods are available at most grocery stores, and this makes them very easy to add into your daily diet. Here are 30 of the most effective mucus-reducing foods you can find:
- Olive oil
- Avocado oil
- Coconut oil
- Bone broth
- Black cod
- Cayenne pepper
- Black pepper
- Flax seeds
- Herbal tea
Using these foods, you can still make many tasty dishes, and these dishes can help reduce mucus production and benefit your lung health.
Lung Health Institute Can Help You Fight COPD Naturally
Our health care team at Lung Health Institute has developed several options that allow COPD patients to treat their disease naturally.
For example, we’ve developed 3 Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™, or AI2™, plans. These plans offer information about what dietary factors, exercise and natural supplements can help treat COPD symptoms. They’re also intended to help patients boost their immune system naturally, and they can even help train your body to fight inflammation using healthy fats.
Minimally invasive cellular therapy is another natural treatment option we offer. This procedure uses concentrated platelets and cells from your body to target lung disease. These platelets release healing properties that, when combined with growth factors, proteins and other beneficial cells, may promote healing in damaged tissue and reduce inﬂammation in your lungs.
Are you ready to take the next step to Breathe Easier™? Contact a Lung Health Institute patient coordinator today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.