foods that can affect the course of inflammatory diseases

Normally, production of mucus is part of a healthy inflammatory response. Our body uses mucus to envelop and isolate harmful particles, which then get ushered out via the elimination system or coughing.

In acute cases, where time is of essence, and the patient’s organism needs help with elimination, it is smart to avoid the following foods:

  1. Meat
  2. Dairy
  3. Butter
  4. Margarine
  5. All grain products
  6. Avocados (I know, unexpected!)
  7. Bananas
  8. Cabbage
  9. Potatoes
  10. Eggplants
  11. Mushrooms
  12. Soy products
  13. Tree nuts and peanuts
  14. Foods, containing added sugars
  15. Soft beverages
  16. Liquor
  17. ANY PROCESSED FOOD (including smoked products)

The good news is, certain foods tend to help cut mucus and phlegm, and it would be a great idea to add them to your diet while fighting inflammation. Here they are, listed in no particular order:

  1. Ginger
  2. Lemon
  3. Apple cider vinegar
  4. Broth
  5. Fish
  6. Vegetables (except the above)
  7. Leafy greens
  8. Citrus
  9. Onion
  10. Garlic
  11. Honey (Manuka is superior)
  12. Cayenne pepper
  13. Chamomile
  14. Olive oil
  15. Walnuts
  16. Pumpkin seeds

Tamara Eristavi is a wellness coach, based in Irvine, Califorina.

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