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    remedy for phlegm in throat
    birthdayboy posted:
    This remedy is for phlegm that is high in the back of the throat. It can be drawn back by a short inward snort and then either spit out or swallowed. If you pay attention, you will notice that it occurs about a half hour or so after a meal that contains protein.

    Protein is broken down in the stomach by stomach acid in the presence of pepcid. The acid is HCL which is hydrochloric acid. The CL is chloride. The chloride in the stomach comes from NaCl which is sodium chloride or ordinary salt. If the stomach is not producing enough HCL, it cannot digest the protein that we put into it. If the protein is not digested, it stays in the stomach and begins to ferment. The fermentation process produces gases that create pressure on the valve in the esophagus that keeps our food with its stomach acid from backing up into the esophagus.

    Although the stomach has a lining that is impervious to stomach acid, the esophagus does not. When the fermentation gasses in the stomach pushes small amounts of stomach "juices" into the esophagus,it responds by producing mucous to create a "lining" that keeps the acid from harming it. So, even though the stomach acid is too weak to properly digest your food, it is just strong enough to create a problem in the esophagus. If you're lucky, you never taste the acids in your throat, but simply get the mucous in the back of your throat.

    There are any number of reasons why you may have weak stomach acid. It may be heredity. You may have adopted a low-salt diet. The weather may be warm and you are losing salt through perspiration.

    But the big one for many of us is that the stomach's ability to produce acid decreases as we age no matter how much salt we consume. We're all familiar with how the elderly are constantly clearing their throat and how their voices take on a raspy quality which are all symptoms of excess mucous.

    The simplest and most immediate things to try are: 1. Increase your intake of salt, and 2. Eat smaller amounts of protein at any meal. Just increase the number of meals to make up for it.

    One of the things we know is that stomach acid is produced in the presence of pepsin. So just taking a pepsin pill should help. I, personally, have found that a betaine HCL tablet with pepsin after any meal containing protein is the perfect solution. I buy them at my local vitamin store. The number of tablets needed depends on the amount of protein in the meal, and each of us can figure that out after awhile.

    I no longer have any problem with phlegm (mucous) in my throat. I am seventy-seven and sing in a chorus. My voice is as clear as a bell.
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