With the winter season finally here, it’s that time where people often get sick. Having your throat and chest filled with mucus and phlegm is not enjoyable. You have trouble breathing, and sometimes feel sharp pains when you lay down.
Trying to go through your daily routine while being congested with mucus and phlegm is not easy. People will hear you trying to clear your throat, and you’re probably breathing really heavy as well. So they will think that you are being annoying, especially if this is happening at work.
With that said, you definitely want to get rid of that mucus and phlegm so you’re no longer congested. There are many different natural remedies to choose from. But I have one remedy that is specifically designed to clear your lungs.
But first, I’m going to talk about what mucus is. If I had to compare it to something, I would compare it to gelatin. Mucus acts as a lubricant and a filter for our lungs. It protects them by filtering all the air we breathe in. The dirt and debris that is in the air are caught by the mucus so it’s not absorbed by the body. But it is not just the mucus that protects the lungs. There are other watery variations that play an important role. They work together and are created by cells that you can find in the nose and sinuses.
Do you notice that when you catch a cold your nose drips like a faucet? This occurs because of an excess of the watery sensation. This is caused by thick, crusty mucus. In most cases, this type of mucus will cause post-nasal drip and congestion.
Now that I have explained what mucus is, let me tell you about phlegm. Unlike mucus, phlegm is created in the lower airways. Like mucus, it helps protect the lungs from irritating dirt and debris. Phlegm does not have a slippery version like mucus does. It is typically very thick and causes the majority of congestions. When you blow your nose, mucus comes out of it. When you cough up a thick substance, it is usually phlegm.
Another fun fact about phlegm is that it usually contains dead bacteria, white blood cells, and viruses. This is why doctors recommend that you spit out phlegm rather than swallow it. You wouldn’t want to keep a virus in your body, would you?