Have you been feeling that extra bit phlegmy lately?

For those of us who are feeling like our immune systems have been in over drive and are now dealing with all the lingering joys like phlegm and mucous. Let’s dive a bit deeper into why we sometimes feel especially phlegmy…

Why are we still phlegmy?

The function of phlegm and mucous is to act as a protective barrier against particles such as dust, bacteria, and viruses, preventing them from entering the lungs as well as keeping our airway moist, a necessity for optimal functioning.

While mucus and phlegm are essential for our well-being, sometimes it can feel a bit excessive. Especially when you add things like respiratory infections, allergies, or environmental factors to the mix. (Let’s not even get started on smoking!)

So how can we manage our snotty symptoms?

  • Hydration: Staying well-hydrated helps to keep mucus thin and easier to expel.
  • Humidity: Using a humidifier can add moisture to the air, preventing the airways from becoming too dry.
  • Steam: Inhaling steam can help loosen mucus and make it easier to clear from the airways. Bonus points if you add ginger or lavender.
  • Saline rinse: Using a saline solution to rinse the nasal passages can help remove excess mucus and alleviate congestion.
  • Limit dairy: It’s no secret that dairy is mucous producing, be mindful of your intake so that you’re not adding fuel to the fire.
  • ACV: A tablespoon of apple cider vinegar diluted in a warm glass of water can be just what you need to help break down the excess phlegm and make it easier to expel.

Feeling phlegmy can become seriously annoying and can effect us in our day to day. More so, it’s something that we shouldn’t have to deal with! The tips above, along with some Chinese herbal medicines and acupuncture may also support your body to remove phlegm and help with symptoms! Reach out for more info.

  • Liah
Published on January 8, 2024