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A (somewhat) medical question...

I know that mucous is important in protecting the lining of the stomach. if you have thick post-nasal drip, can expectorating it damage your digestive system?

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No. The post-nasal mucus is a waste product that is being expelled from your body. The mucus in the stomach is permanent and is replenished automatically every day and night. Nasal drip is a sign of food allergy - usually dairy products (ice cream!!!, cheese etc.) or wheat products (bread, cakes, scones etc) and cutting those out of your diet will gradually reduce the PND. Talk to a local Naturopth or Homeopath f you want to understand Post-nasal Drip (PND) - it is a nuisance, but does NOT affect your digestion!!!

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Thank you so much! I know I'm lactose intolerant, and I take Schiff's Digestive Advantage once daily for that. My brother is a homeopathy Dr, but he lives in upstate NY, and I don't see him much. I can't imagine giving up wheat though!
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As I suspected - your nasal congestion and coryza (cor-EYE-zuh) is allergenic. Look around for a qualified Dietician or Naturopath who can guide you with your diet. I agree, staying away from wheat is difficult - I use rice for breakfast and that helps a lot. Lunch is hard - EVERTHING on offer is wheat or dairy or both!!! So I eat fruit or have meat salads instead. Mind you - these days almost EVERYONE has an allergy of some sort, so you are not alone in your misery....
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Thank you, this has been most helpful!
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No the mucus that lines your stomach is completely different than the kind that runs down your throat. It's better to get rid of the post nasal drip since that can make you cough and feel nauseated.

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Thank you so much! I've been getting worried, since my heartburn seems to be kicking up again.
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Oh - that is indigestion - and excessive mucus like yours is just poorly digested protein!!!! Which explains a lot, I hope. KittyCandyCorn is right - your stomach lining is a mucous membrane and is constructed to be self-protecting by constantly renewing the mucus layer. Your nose isn't like that at all - your coyza is waste mucus being expelled. More notes elsewhere....
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