Here’s Why You Should Be Concerned About Mucus


Nx86xdrewssexybody-3Written by: Greg Ashby

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, “Food As A Defense Against Cancer,” cancer rates are rising and it’s not happening slowly. I see this rise constantly in my Cancer Care coaching practice.

Along with the other known factors, here is another factor that could be stimulating this continuous rise in cancer rates that most people probably don’t even consider… Mucus.

Could mucus be what’s gumming up your system?

Let’s Start From The Beginning – What Is The Role Of Mucus In The Body?

Mucus is produced in order to protect the mucous membranes where they are found. The problem occurs when there is excess mucus production, which can be stimulated by irritants like dust, smoke, pollution, chemicals, bacteria, viruses, food additives and food allergens.

Excess mucus is produced to capture these particles and shuttle them out of the body by means of coughing and a stuffy nose.

Too Much Mucus And Health Issues

If you suffer from too much mucus production, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Chronic cough
  • Cold or flu symptoms.
  • Puffy and crusty eyes in the morning.
  • Bad breath throughout the day (even after brushing your teeth).
  • Constant stuffy nose.
  • Your senses are dulled; food does not taste good.
  • Brain fog.

You can read more on these symptoms here.

Having any of these symptoms are a resulting of a sluggish digestive tract, respiratory system or lymphatic system.

When there is congestion in the intestine, the accumulation results in absorption issues, digestive problems, immune system dysregulation and yes, even cancer (remember, at least 80% of your immune cells are in your gut).

Mucus Formers

There is a long list of foods that create mucus in the body. Here are main offenders:

  • Dairy products (yogurt, milk, sour cream, cottage cheese, ice cream, butter, ghee)
  • All corn products
  • Eggs
  • Sugary treats (cookies, cake, pies, pastries)
  • Wheat (bread, pretzels, buns, bagels, muffins, etc.)
  • Deep fried foods
  • All soy products
  • Safflower/sunflower oil
  • Jams and jellies
  • High-fat red meat
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine 

The Relief Foods

While there are foods that can create mucus in your body, there are also foods that can give your body relief from this mucus production. These include:

  • Radishes (red, daikon, horseradish, you name it – one of the best mucus-cleansers out there!)
  • All leafy greens and herbs
  • Cauliflower and broccoli
  • Garlic
  • Celery
  • Asparagus
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Onions
  • Ginger and turmeric
  • Citrus fruits (lemons, limes, grapefruits, oranges, kumquats, etc.)
  • Pineapple
  • Berries
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Hot peppers


Watercress is also an excellent choice to combat the overproduction of mucus. Drinking the juice of watercress or the tea prepared from this herb is also effective in getting rid of the excessive fluids that have built up in the body tissue, like in the case of gout, as well as dispelling the congestion of mucus from the lungs.

In order to prepare the tea from watercress, take one tablespoon of sliced fresh watercress and add it to one cup (250 ml) of steaming water and allow it to steep for about 20 minutes. Subsequently, filter the liquid and drink it. You may also obtain fresh watercress juice by using an electric juicer to extract the juice from the herb. Mix some tomato or carrot juice with it for flavour prior to drinking.

Here are a few other wonderful herbs that can help as well:


Please reach out to me for more information and low cost help. If you have any other tactics or know of other natural ways to help decrease the production of mucus in your body, feel free to share with us in the comments below.

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Greg Ashby

Integrative Health Coach and Functional Nutrition Consultant at Ask Dr. Garland
Greg Ashby, CHHC, AADP lives in Ogden, Utah and is an Integrative Health Coach and Functional Nutrition Consultant. Greg has been in the Health and Wellness industry for over 20 years.

Because of his personal experience with Adrenal and Thyroid disorders, as well as Cancer, he’s committed to the areas of Autoimmunity and Cancer prevention and management when it comes to research and his work. He enjoys studying the Psychology of Eating and Behavioral Disorders.
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