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: 

  1. Processed meats
  2. Milk
  3. Cheese
  4. Cream
  5. Cream cheese
  6. Cottage cheese
  7. Yogurt
  8. Ice cream
  9. Butter
  10. Wheat
  11. Bread
  12. Pasta
  13. Cereal
  14. Chickpeas
  15. Beans: black, red, white, lima
  16. Lentils
  17. Peanuts
  18. Peas
  19. Bananas
  20. Cabbage
  21. Potatoes
  22. Corn and corn products
  23. Soy products
  24. Sweet desserts
  25. Candy
  26. Coffee
  27. Tea
  28. Soda
  29. Alcoholic beverages
  30. 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: 

  1. Garlic
  2. Watercress
  3. Celery
  4. Pickles 
  5. Onions
  6. Scallions
  7. Shallots
  8. Parsley
  9. Lemons
  10. Limes
  11. Grapefruit
  12. Olive oil
  13. Avocado oil
  14. Coconut oil
  15. Bone broth
  16. Herring
  17. Trout
  18. Flounder
  19. Mahi-mahi
  20. Mackerel
  21. Black cod
  22. Anchovies
  23. Cayenne pepper
  24. Cardamom
  25. Chamomile
  26. Black pepper
  27. Horseradish
  28. Flax seeds
  29. Peppermint
  30. 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.