Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Foods that destroy mucous

Mucous is the gooey substance that comes out of your nose when you have a cold, or occasionally out of your throat when you have a cough. Since it’s harmattan and illnesses are going around, you should know which foods cause mucous and which foods get rid of it.
Onions: If you have ever cut an onion, you will know how pungent it is from the way it makes your eyes water. This pungency is perfect for clearing mucous, so the next you’re congested, eat a few slices of onion with some honey poured over them.
Cayenne pepper: Cayenne pepper contains an active ingredient called capsaicin, which is what makes it spicy. Adding cayenne peppers to your food can help break down mucous and flush it out of your body.
Chamomile tea: Chamomile tea contains flavonoids and apigenin, which help lower the inflammation that is causing the mucous production, while also helping to clear some of it out of your body.
Pineapple: Apart from fighting macular degeneration, improving the health of your gums and regulating your digestive system, eating pineapple also lowers the production of mucous.
Grapefruit: Grapefruits contain salicylic acid, which has immense antiseptic properties. Eating grapefruit can help cure your cold as well as lower the production of mucous, but be careful of eating it if you are already on medications, since the salicylic acid can interfere with some types of medications.
Ginger: Ginger does not actually stop the production of mucous, but it can get rid of the mucous that is left behind after you have recovered from your illness. It will also boost your overall immunity.
Honey: Honey is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal, while also containing plenty of antioxidants and flavonoids. It not only reduces mucous, it also soothes irritated respiratory passages. Mix it with some ginger for effect.