What’s wrong with snot?

No, snot isn’t an acronym for Soon No Over Time! It’s a simple word meaning mucus that comes out of your nose. Ack! I know, it’s a slippery subject but one that commands attention this time of year. 

Snot is mucus that your body produces in the nasal passages. Mucus is also produced in the intestines and lungs. Its functional role is to coat these areas to keep out pollutants thereby reducing irritation and inflammation. But, it can harbor bacterium and can trap pollen, mold, dust mites, and cat and dog dander – then, mucus becomes viscous (thick) snot. If mucus in the stomach and intestines becomes viscous, digestion and absorption is impaired. In a nutshell, mucus is a great immune system defender when we are healthy but too much of a good thing, well, we’ve all been there.

Copious mucus needs to clear out so we can fire up the digestive system for a healthy winter. To alleviate colds and flu, sinus infections, asthma and upper respiratory infections, here’s a dynamic snot-removing recipe from my Ayurveda coach, Cate Stillman, and other tips you can use daily.

  • Eat warm, spicy foods when it’s cold, especially if it’s damp. Add cinnamon and cloves to oatmeal, a pinch of cayenne to scrambled eggs and grits.
  • When eating, eat. Drink fluids in between your regular meals.
  • Take “boo candy” at the first signs of snot, bad breath or a coated tongue.
  • Stop eating frozen desserts like ice cream and frozen yogurt when it gets cold and damp. This includes regular yogurt and milk, too. They create more mucus.
  • Use heating spices with curries and other cooked dishes, like turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, curry powder, cayenne and other red peppers.

Boo Candy

Get out a cutting board and a wide knife.

  • Add 1/2 cup raw honey to the cutting board.
  • Add 3 tbsp. turmeric powder (you can dry roast it first in a skillet for added benefit).
  • Add 2 tsp. ginger powder
  • Add 1/2 tsp. cloves
  • Cut the spices into the honey with the knife until you have a smooth texture. Add more spices for desired taste.
  • Store in a small tin or small glass jar.
  • Put on the kitchen table in reach for all ages. Little ones like to roll it into pea-sized balls.

Enjoy a mucus-free winter!





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