What is Mucus?
Mucus is a viscous fluid that lubricates and protects the digestive and respiratory passages in the body. Mucus-producing tissue lines the mouth, nose, sinuses, throat, lungs, and gastrointestinal tract, trapping unwanted substances like bacteria and dust. Mucus is more than just sticky goo, it also contains antibodies that help the body recognize invaders like bacteria and viruses. Gastric mucus forms a protective layer about 1 mm thick in the stomach, preventing the strong acidic gastric juice from digesting the stomach itself.
However, an overproduction of mucus can lead to blocked sinuses with respiratory and digestive problems; the most common symptoms are a painful pressure in your head (especially if you bend over), pain in the face or head when outside in the cold, stuffed or runny nose, earache, tinnitus, neck stiffness, impaired breathing, bad breath, poor sense of smell, taste or hearing, poor appetite, dullness, lack of energy, feeling depressed.
Can an Overabundance of Mucus be Avoided?
Yes, by making informed food choices you can live a non-mucus forming diet. Certain food groups are said to be mucus “forming”. There is also other food groups that are “non-mucus” forming. First, let’s look at the mucus forming food groups. All dairy produces are mucus forming, such as milk, cheese, Keifer, yogurt and cottage cheese. All meats are mucus forming, such as beef, lamb, pork, turkey and chicken. Eggs are highly mucus forming.
Non-mucus-forming foods include the following food groups; all varieties of fresh, if possible, fruits, fresh vegetables which are better when eaten fresh, but frozen is better if fresh is not available, unground grains only eaten in their wholesome state (warm soaked), nuts, including Brazil nuts, pistachios, almonds, etc., Seeds – pumpkin, hemp, chia, sesame, flax, etc.
THE “NOT” FOODS
The following inorganic food substances are harmful and mucus-forming and should be eliminated from the diet.
- For those who are accustomed to large amounts of salt, this may sound difficult, but if you will substitute coarsely ground pepper and savory herbs, and add powdered kelp, you wi II find that the craving for salt will immediately begin to disappear. The black pepper is a good nutritional herb and helps rebuild the
body when used in its natural state. But when pepper is cooked in food, the molecular structure changes, so it becomes an in-organic irritant (high heat changes the cayenne, black pepper, and spices from organics to inorganic), and this is the only time when damage results. The use of salts that are of a vegetable or
potassium base (such as Dr. Jensen’s, Dr. Bronner’s, and other various ones, which in some cases contain some sea salt) is all right, providing it is not overdone.
- No eggs should be eaten in any form.
- Sugar and all sugar products should be eliminated. You may use agave, honey, sorghum molasses or blackstrap molasses, but no refined sugar of any type.
- Eliminate all red meats. A little white fish once a week, or a bit of young chicken that has not been fed commercial food or inoculated with formaldehyde and other anti-spoilage serums, would be all right (as these are the higher forms of edible flesh), but do not use them too often.
- Eliminate all dairy products including butter, cheese, cottage cheese, milk, yogurt, etc. These are all mucus-forming substances and, in most cases, are extremely high in cholesterol (especially butter). As a substitute for butter or margarine (hardened vegetable oils, etc.), you can train your taste buds to like and enjoy a good, fresh, bland olive oil on vegetables and salads and you will discover this to be one of the choicest foods there is.
- Flour and Flour Products. The reason that this is eliminated is that flour, when heated and baked at high temperatures, changes to a mucus-forming sub This is no longer a food, which means it has no life remaining therein. All wholesome food is organic, where unwholesome food or dead food is inorganic. This is the key to our whole non-mucus program.
THE “YES” FOODS
These supplement recommendations will build up strength in the body and start cutting the mucus out of the tissues and remove the catarrh from the system. The following are excellent revitalizing and healing aids.
- Take one teaspoon of cayenne three times a day. Start gradually with a ¼ teaspoon in a little cold water; drink this and follow with a glass of cold water. Add a ¼ teaspoon to this dosage every three days until you are taking one teaspoon three times a day (the graduated dosages will accustom your system to the pungency of the herb).
- Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar. Place one tablespoon of honey and one tablespoon of vinegar in warm water, so that the honey will liquefy. Sip this amount three times a day so that at the end of the day a total quantity of three tablespoons is consumed. This must be apple cider vinegar, not distilled or other types of vinegar, as these are damaging to the body. The apple cider vinegar is medicinal and very beneficial.
- If there is any indication of a thyroid problem, you should use between five to ten kelp capsules daily; otherwise, two or more will keep the body in good condition as preventative nutrition. This can take the place of salt and helps build a new thyroid gland. Kelp powder can be used on salads and in other ways.
- Take one tablespoon three times a day of either sorghum or blackstrap molasses.
- Wheat Germ Oil. Take one tablespoon of a good, fresh wheat germ oil three times a day.
- Eat only fresh fruits and vegetables, wholesome grains, nuts, and seeds.