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It's rare for me to get a cold, but I always have excess mucus in my system.
~ M.C. of Hawaii


The excess mucus (Shleshaka Kapha) indicates a weakened immunity in the upper respiratory tract. It can be related to excess heat especially if you live in a hot climate. If it's due to heat, then the body is trying to keep from drying out by generating excess mucus.

This type of imbalance can lead to impurities (Ama) blocking the circulation of nutrients. The result is weakened immunity.

Try an Ama reducing diet. This means fewer leftovers and fewer heavy foods, such as meats and dairy products. Increase light, well-cooked, nutritious foods. Avoid cold drinks and foods. Cook with turmeric. Avoid sudden changes in temperature such as drinking ice-cold water when you've been in the hot sun.

Also use cooling products such as Pitta Tea, Pitta Churna, Rose Petal Preserve and Pitta Aroma Oil.

Please note: This ayurvedic information is education. It does not replace medical advice or treatments.

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