Guard-Ion Immune Support Mucus, Phlegm, and Respiratory Health
Your body constantly produces mucus and phlegm to help protect you from infection and prevent your internal tissues from dehydrating. Though they’re always at work, you typically only notice the sticky substances when you’re sick.
They trap particles you breathe in through your airways – including viruses and bacteria.
Each day your body makes about 1.5 liters of them — even more when you’re fighting infection.
Here’s a rundown of what the color and consistency of mucus and phlegm may indicate:
Clear. Thin and clear mucus is normal and healthy.
White. Thicker white mucus goes along with feelings of congestion and may be a sign that an infection is starting. The white color comes from an increased number of white blood cells.
Light yellow or green. Mucus or phlegm of this color means your body is fighting an infection. The color comes from the enzymes in white blood cells.
Dark yellow or green. These colors – especially if accompanied by a fever, cough and sneezing – are a sign an infection is getting worse.
Mucus serves a protective function in capturing debris, allergens, dust, and pathogens such as viruses and bacteria, which can then be shuttled out of the body.
Nose, sinus, or throat infections typically trigger green or yellow mucus.
When you have a lot of mucus in your chest that won't come up, no matter how hard you cough, it can be difficult bounce back from an infection.
Most sufferers of colds and other respiratory problems would agree that secretion of excessive mucus is one of the more annoying symptoms as well, and accordingly many pharmaceuticals have been designed to relieve this feature of a cold or flu, usually with the accompaniment of undesirable side effects.
Mucins, the products of at least 18 mucin genes in humans, are highly glycosylated macromolecules that constitute part of the innate defense system against respiratory pathogens.
But in some chronic conditions, and in response to certain airway infections such as rhinovirus , one or more genes may be induced to hypersecrete mucins.
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How It Works
Self-Heal loosens phlegm.
In studies on bronchial epithelial cells in culture, and in organotypic bronchial tissue cultures, rhinovirus induced the secretion of excess MUC5A, the dominant respiratory mucin, and Echinacea reversed this secretion.
Rosemary contains the compound cineole. A study published in the journal Cough found that cineole may help to break up mucus and reduce inflammation.
Thyme has both culinary and medicinal uses and is a commonly used remedy for a cough, sore throat, and bronchitis.
Thyme has antispasmodic, mucus-clearing, and antibacterial actions. contains an essential oil (thymol) and certain flavonoids. This plant has antispasmodic, expectorant (mucus-expelling), and antibacterial actions, and it is considered helpful in cases of bronchitis.
In a 2015 meta-analysis of several studies, researchers noted that strong evidence suggests that using thyme preparations helped to alleviate people’s cough symptoms.
Oregano can act as an expectorant, which will loosen up or help eliminate the uncomfortable buildups of mucus and phlegm in the respiratory tracts and sinuses, but it is also soothing for inflamed lungs and the throat, which often stimulate coughing fits.
When coughing, Sage dissolves the mucus in the airways and has an antibacterial effect.
Sage is an expectorant which helps expel mucous from the respiratory track, according to Ayurvedic practitioner Vikrama, writing at drvikrama'sfriendlyholisticherbalist. Sage tea is effective even in the severe case of hemoptysis, or hemorrhaging from the lungs brought on by respiratory infection, Dr. Vikrama reports. Salvia officinalis has antibacterial, astringent and antiseptic properties, advises the Georgetown University Medical Center. These properties may account for sage's usefulness in treating lung disorders.
Holy Basil effectively liquefies phlegm and is effective for cough due to allergic bronchitis, asthma and eosinophilic lung disease.
Holy basil has strong antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties due to substances such as eugenol, camphor, cineole, etc. These, as volatiles, help airways open and release the breath, thus reducing the duration and symptoms of a cold.
Lemon Balm has soothing, diuretic, and expectorant properties. Therfore it can be used as a remedy to relax, relieve fluid retention and reduce mucus production.
Chamomile also has diuretic, analgesic, and expectorant properties. It plays a quintessential role in thinning and loosening catarrh particles within the chest and nasal cavities and hence eases breathing and helps the body to get rid of mucus.
Chamomile is widely used to treat inflammation of the mucous membranes, and for various bacterial infections of the respiratory tract.
Finally, all these are combined with the potent immune modulating power of Fulvic Acid.
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