What is clear mucus? Unlike green or yellow mucus clear mucus is the right kind of secretion the respiratory (breathing), gastrointestinal, visual, urinary, reproductive and hearing system organs need. It protects their epithelial membranes or cells lining the passages, etc., of those organs. In the breathing organs clear mucus perform the following functions:
protection from air pollution particles
protection from viruses, bacteria, fungi, germs
protection from dust particles, etc.
So that those organs, e.g., sinus cavity, lungs, bronchi, etc., can properly carry on their functions. Clear mucus contain: mostly water, non-organic salts, mucins, glycoproteins, antiseptic enzymes, etc. It is produced by glands found in the mucous membranes lining those organs. Our lives would be miserable without this kind of mucus . On thclear mucusd excessive amounts of clear mucus can also be very annoying. Thus having the proper secretion amounts of clear mucus is what we all want. Our breathing apparatus produces about a pint a day of mucus, which we hardly notice while it is thin. When it becomes thick, then we can become aware of its presence. At those times the it is recommended that we drink plenty of water to thin it. Clear mucus is mostly produced by the sinus membranes. Since we are mostly familiar with and are interested in the mucus clear mucus the respiratory organs, I will focus on the clear mucus produced for them.
Causes of excessive clear mucus This type of mucus can be connected with the following disorders:
Hay fever -- also called "runny nose," "stuffy nose," its medical term is: allergic rhinitis. It is an irritation and allergic inflammation of the nasal membrane caused by allergens, such as pollens, dust, animal dander, etc. It can cause:
the clear, watery, mucus-like substance one sees is actually histamine.
the presence of yellow or green snot or headache would indicate that an infection, like sinusitis, is in progress
there is not a cure, yet, for hay fever and all we can do is to lessen the symptoms
Colds -- they are usually a virus infection which, unfortunately, cannot be stopped; all we can do is to minimize symptoms
it is important to avoid a secondary infections from the irritation of the sinus membranes connected with colds
antibiotics will not do any good
Viruses -- like in the case of most colds they must follow their course
Allergies -- they are hypersensitivity of the immune system to normally harmless things in the environment called allergens. Allergies can play a major role in conditions such as asthma, sinus drainage, etc. Food allergy is also common and they can produce other reactions such as eczema, hives, hay fever, asthma attack. If the reactions to hay fever are severe medical assistance should be sought soon
Bronchitis -- an inflammation of the membrane lining the bronchial tubes
and it can be:
chronic, each one has its own symptoms
it can be also accompanied by white, yellowish-gray, green mucus
viruses cause about 90% of acute bronchitis cases
bacteria cause less than 10% of acute cases
cigarette smoking is the most common cause of chronic bronchitis
air pollution and occupational exposure to irritants are also common causes of chronic bronchitis
Asthma -- in children it can be accompanied by coughing and runny nose when caused by hay fever
symptoms include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breathe
can be caused by genetic and environmental factors
symptoms can be prevented by avoiding triggers such as: allergens, irritants and inhalations, but be sure not to harm the cilia on the nasal membrane
Food -- it is an adverse allergic reaction to a food protein which the body's immune system mistakenly identifies as a harmful one. Any severe reaction should be consulted with a physician soon.
There are other sinus issues, but the ones, above, are probably the most common ones.
How to prevent excessive clear mucus
Prevention is always preferable to curing. Here is what I do or would on prevention for excessive mucus in the respiratory system:
Try to go to what I suspect may be the cause of the problem: hay fever, cold, virus, etc.,--per above list of disorders. Then lower my vulnerability to the specific health issue I suspect
is involved by following the suggestions that follow:
hay fever -- I keep as far away from suspected allergens as I can and eat right
colds -- many colds are virus produced and are often connected with the changing seasons. I would strengthen my immune system by:
taking extra Vitamin C
at the first sign of a cold I would take elderberry concentrate and allicin--garlic active ingredient
rest and relax all I can
viruses -- I basically do the same as for a cold
allergies -- a non drowsy antihistamine is a standard remedy, however if the excessive mucus is accompanied by other strong reactions I would consider allergy tests for possible desensitizing therapy
certain medications such as: beta blockers, aspirin, etc.
stress and strong emotions
allergic reaction to some foods, such as: peanuts, shellfish, etc., etc.;
I would try to ascertain what is (are) the main culprit(s)
avoid it (them) as best I can, and
have a quick-relief inhaler to control symptoms
Unless my good common sense or physician tell me otherwise I would make it a habit to drink plenty of plain, room temperature water everyday. This helps to:
strengthen the immune system
help flush toxins, mucus, etc. from the body
promote general health and well being
I would avoid eating, or significantly reduce mucus producing foods such as: fermented foods, sugar, among others
Reduce significantly or totally eliminate mucus producing foods, especially during the times excessive clear mucus is more significant
For short spells of excessive mucus I would use a non drowsy antihistamine such as: Allegra, Claritin. This help prevent an irritation of the respiratory organ membranes and thus possibly avert infection, etc.
Fasting and medicinal herbs for cleansing of the body and therapeutic reasons is recognized as potentially very effective to boost the body's immune system so it can better protect us. I would seriously consider it if my excessive mucus was a chronic condition
Disorders such as excessive mucus are often aggravated by too much stress for too long; thus I would seek to reduce it and find moments for total relaxation each day
I would nip sinus pressure in the bud to avoid complications. Sinus pressure is per hasps more responsible for sinus infection than most realize
Wrongs foods is probably the number one root cause of excessive clear mucus
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Clear mucus relief
From the previous sections above, it is obvious that we would not want to eliminate all clear mucus clear mucus clear mucus us.html'> -->clear mucus cessive amount of it only. Whether we say: reduce clear mucus, stop clear mucus, relieve clear clear mucusst eliminate it, the goal is the same: have clear mucus cease to be an annoyance. This is what I did, basically, that produced the latter goal. Please understand that almost all the prevention tips given above would also be applicable to the relief or elimination of the excessive portion of clear mucus--it is advantageous to know the meaning of other mucus color. All I need now is to make some changes or additions to the "How to prevent . . ." section items, above. Thus I:
Try to go to what I suspect may be the cause of the problem: hay fever (rhinitis), cold, virus, etc. Then eliminate the cause(s) of the problem. Thus for:
hay fever (the medical term is "rhinitis") -- I would:
stop eating mucus producing foods--as much as possible
take an antihistamine following carefully instructions on the label
colds -- many colds are virus produced and must run their course. Antibiotics won't do any good. Thus I strengthen my immune system by:
taking extra Vitamin C
taking elderberry concentrate and allicin--garlic active ingredient--at the onset of the cold
resting and relaxing all I can
if there is no improvement in a few days I go see the doctor
viruses -- I would basically do the same as for a cold, above
allergies -- a non drowsy antihistamine is a standard remedy to lessen symptoms. However if the excessive mucus is accompanied by other strong reactions or symptoms such as sinus pressure, sinus drainage, phlegm, etc. I would go see a doctor and discuss with him (her) allergy tests for possible desensitizing therapy
sinusitis -- I would not allow a nasal or sinus congestion or pressure go unchecked; because the accumulated mucus can stagnate and cause sinus infection (sinusitis)--as when there is also the presence of yellow or green mucus or of phlegm--therefore I would :
do acupressure to clear my sinuses fast and boost immune system naturally
For short spells of sinus congestion and excessive mucus I would use a non drowsy antihistamine such as: Allegra, Claritin. This help prevent an irritation of the respiratory organ membranes and thus possibly avert infection, etc.
Disorders are often aggravated by too much stress for too long; thus I would reduce it and find moments for total relaxation each day.
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Natural remedy for clear mucus
The best natural remedies for both prevention and managing clear mucus which I have found follows:
Cut back 80%-90% on sugar--which can give headaches to those with allergy issues
Take a natural antihistamine when allergies seem to be the cause of the excessive clear mucus:
take bromelain--extracted from pineapple--the best one. It is found in pineapples and can be bought separately as a extract. I buy a fresh pineapple and eat it in about 2 days. It has, besides, these additional properties:
stroke and heart disease inhibitor
blood pressure reducing agent
Prevent clear mucus Please, understand that a certain amount of clear mucus is normal and necessary for respiratory health. Yet there is an an amount of mucus which can go beyond of what is nclear mucushich can irritate and annoy. Thus here is a summary of what I would do to prevent that unwanted amount of clear mucus
There is normal clear mucus which is necessary
to lubricate the respiratory organs
to give humidity to air when it is dry, etc.
to eliminate excess clear mucus associated with a disorder
I subscribe to health organizations and get their publications, e.g., Life Extension
from the internet
talking to sufferers
doing experimentation with various remedies safely
asking physicians questions pertinent to my situation
I write down their answers
compare the answers with other information I have
Clear Mucus and Food
Having a lot of clear mucus these days? Often mucus is produced in the sinuses, nasal cavities and other organs of the respiratory system as an allergic reaction to environmental elements--basically a mistaken reaction by the immune system. Most people, however, do mmucus!--ezil55 -->ealize that foods can heavily make worse excessive mucus production, while others can be mucus friendly. Consider mamucussome common sensmucusts by eating certain foods and see their reaction on your sinus and nasal membranes. There hamucusn some debate as to whether foods can cause mucus. We have no question about it: Foods can produce or help produce sinus mucus, pressure, drainage, etc. So learn what they are the sooner and you will be then be able to find out to what extent they could be affecting your mucus production issues. 3 Steps to Sinus and Mucus Relief, discuses this item in detail and offers specific suggestions. Wrongs foods can also cause sinus pressure and exacerbate allergic reactions. You could ignoring what coulmucusthe most important element in managing mucus. No matter mucusard you try otherwise, unless you address the matter of food as a potential cause of excessive mucus, other steps alone may not suffice to bring you the permanent relief you may be seeking and deserve.
The best cure is prevention and if a person were to abstain, as much as possible, from mucus producing foods that would be the best mucus healing foods one could eat, along with other lists of foods that can affect the sinuses and other respiratory system organs.
Foods Which Can Produce Clear Mucus:
Edibles containing food additives
Sugar containing foods
cold breakfast cereals
milk shakes and malts
grains and legumes
highly prized for its healing and cleansing properties
brome lain is its active medicinal ingredient
it's available in any super-market
cruciferous are known for their cleansing and medicinal properties
other vegetables are needed daily for a balance diet
considered by experts as a "miracle herb"
considered also as nature's "antibiotic"
it has anti fungal and anti cancer properties
the list of remedial benefits is long
thousands of scientific research attest the validity of many claims
together with other hot spices it clears the sinuses and breathing passages
it's inexpensive and readily available
Cayenne pepper containing spices - see under "chiles", above
Clear Mucus Friendly Foods For those suffering from excessive mucus -->mucusl'> -->mucus l73 --> or those wanting to prevent excessive mucus, here is a list of mucus friendly foods:
A combination of healing systems working synergistically (cooperatively) for your sinuses is the key to sinus healing
Combining empirical research and reading many sources of information is how I found this new approach
The right sinus relief is more than just taking medications. It involves: Right eating, botanicals, some regular medications & pressure points for the sinuses
Foods can significantly affect your sinuses. Learn which foods can cause problems and which ones promote healing
Disclaimer: I am not a physician nor a licensed health care practitioner. The statements made in this web site or in the publication: Three Steps to Quick Sinus and Mucus Relief, have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. They are intended to describe what I did or would personally do only, and not intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease or condition for others. The reader should continue to regularly consult a physician with regard to his or her health. Especially with respect to any matters or symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical care.