Why Your Nose Runs
Timeless Fitness Tip
First, The Inflammatory Response
The inflammatory response (inflammation) occurs when tissues are injured by bacteria, trauma, toxins, heat, or any other cause. The damaged cells release chemicals including histamine, bradykinin, and prostaglandins. These chemicals cause blood vessels to leak fluid into the tissues, causing swelling.
When an organism invades, the body has an inflammatory response. It starts producing more mucus (containing antibodies) for a thicker layer of protection. The healthy purpose of sinus, nasal and lung mucus is protection. That is why your head, throat and chest become congested. Phlegm is just a mass of mucus mixed with dead white blood cells.
Clear or slightly yellow phlegm usually means the invaders have not penetrated deeply. But green or brown phlegm means more dead white cells, indicating that the organisms may have caused more damage. See a doctor under these circumstances.
Try Elderflower Tea
Anytime you have a runny nose, think about drinking elderflower tea. If you drink this tea throughout allergy season, it will help to reduce itchy eyes and a runny nose.
How to make:
3 cups water
3 tablespoons dried elder flowers
Let steep for two hours. Strain out the flowers, re-heat and drink 3 cups a day.
Drink plenty of fluids to help keep mucus moist for movement out of your system. Consuming warm liquids (healthy soup) or a steamy warm shower will help loosen up your mucus as well.
You can also flavor your foods generously with antioxidant spices and herbs such as ginger, turmeric, garlic and green herbs.
Drink more tea, which has been linked to lower levels of inflammation. .
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