Some foods produce a lot of mucus in the lungs and sinuses and this compromises the healthy function of the lungs. In healthy lungs there is a thin, protective mucous lining that keeps out pathogens and viruses. It’s readily moved by tiny hairs inside the air passages of the lungs to the back of the throat, where it is swallowed and digested in the stomach. his is how the lungs keep themselves clean and healthy. Mucus forming foods clog this delicate system up and make our bodies much more prone to infection and weaken our energy. They also produce excess ear-wax, congested sinuses and smelly skin/body odour.
The most mucus forming foods are dairy products such as milk, cheese, yoghurt and cream. They are naturally concentrated, heavy foods which are high in fats and difficult for the body to deal with. They can really burden the lungs and fill them with excess phlegm. It’s a mystery to me why western medicine does not recognise the reality of mucus forming foods. Within every other type of medicine they are recognised and this has been the case for centuries.
Sugary foods are also mucus forming. They get into the blood very quickly and when the body can’t use this energy then it will produce an excess of watery mucus. Refined carbohydrates are also not great for the lungs – again the foods are absorbed too quickly and can cause congestion.
Too much fruit can also create excess mucus – most fruits are very watery and sweet. Some local fruit is good, but too much unseasonal or tropical fruits again can produce an excess of watery mucus which the lungs then have to deal with. Too much fruit (and fruit juices) are also connected with asthma and hay fever getting worse.
Yin liquids such as regular tea, coffee, fruit juices, alcohol, and soft drinks will weaken the lungs and block the sinuses. Of these, sweet, sugary or fizzy drinks such as coke, diet-coke etc. are very weakening for the lungs.