What is mucus?
Before we can talk about mucus forming foods we need to understand what mucus is. Do our bodies need it? Yes, our bodies do need it to keep parts of our bodies lubricated like our eyes, sinuses, mouths and digestive system. Our bodies actually produce a whole liter of it a day! Whoa! That is a lot of snot!
This awesome video explains what mucus is and it’s purpose:
Are certain foods causing our bodies to produce more mucus?
I researched online. I read studies on the National Center for Biotechnology’s website. I read the COPD’s website, COPD is chronic bronchitis or emphysema. I am lead to believe that certain foods don’t cause more mucus to be produced but rather thicken. This thickening of mucus makes it hard for our body to get rid of it. We become constipated in our digestive system, our lungs, our sinuses, and throat. Constipation in the bowels is similar to when your face is full of phlegm you can’t get rid of. Enemas would be a good solution to help get rid of the built of mucus in your colon. But more importantly, avoiding those foods in the first place.
Mucus thickening foods
- Cottage Cheese plus they are high in cholesterol
- Sugar and also white sugar has bone char in it to make it white (Sugar that is okay is sorghum molasses or blackstrap molasses or stevia
- Meat especially red meat
- Conventional salt
When my sister was 12 she came to live with me. I noticed that whenever she drank milk she would get sick. I personally have never liked milk, cheese or yogurt. I would occasionally eat it but never alone it was always with something else. I never had any cow milk products in the house. When she did drink or eat dairy her body would get an immediate reaction. She would first get a cough. That would turn into a cold. Sometimes that would turn into strep throat. I would need to get her antibiotics. Since I didn’t understand what was causing her to get sick and I didn’t like the doctor’s answer. Sometimes you get sick and there is no explanation for it. I called bull. I looked up what the cause could be. I had to follow my intuition that something she was eating was making her sick. I discovered that dairy can cause mucus.
She was a teenager at the time so she sometimes she ate out with friends and at school. She made her own choices. As much as I could I showed her that milk and milk products were causing this problem. She would stay away from dairy and as soon as she thought she could get away with it once she would start to get a scratchy throat. She is now 20 years old. When she gets sick now I always ask her if she has been eating dairy.
I myself experienced constipation like this on my 24th birthday. My husband, sister and I went to San Francisco the weekend of my birthday. Since we lived in LA we drove up. Before we left on our long 8-10 hour drive I decided to treat myself for my birthday. I went to the grocery store and bought a bunch of snacks for the drive up. One of the snacks was a bowl of already made Mac and cheese. Then I went to papa johns and bought a medium size pizza to share.
I ate all the Mac and cheese and I ate probably 2 or three slices of pizza while driving. Let’s just say I overdid it! LOL, I remember after eating it I regretted it immediately. I knew I should not have eaten so much pizza and the whole bowl of Mac and cheese. I didn’t think anything of it after that because well I could always eat better the next meal. That weekend I was not able to have a bowel movement. Not until the last day as we were leaving. We were about to embark on a long beautiful drive down the one freeway. If you ever can do it I recommend it. It’s stunning. The west coast of the United States has some of the most gorgeous natural scenery in the world. So back to my constipation story. I remember thinking I haven’t gone to the bathroom the whole weekend. I know there is a lot of food in me and I don’t want it in there anymore. I felt I needed to go but couldn’t. So pushed really extremely hard. I don’t recommend this. I was able to go but only a small tiny bit came out. Since I don’t really like pills or drugs I didn’t take anything to make me go.
I finally did have a full elimination but I don’t remember if it was 1 or 2 days after. This story is quite gross. I understand that but it is a very common story that many people throughout the United States and Western countries face. That year I went vegan and cut out all those foods from my diet even on cheat days.
In the book The Cheese Trap by Dr. Neal D. Barnard, there is a story about a woman who was addicted to cheese. She talks about being overweight. Not being able to go to the bathroom for 17 days because of cheese. She switched to a plant-based diet. She lost the weight and now goes to the bathroom regularly. She now works with Dr. Barnard’s team. She goes around the country speaking about her experience with cheese. Teaching that a plant-based diet is a path to true health. These kinds of stories are not uncommon. They might seem like one off’s but you hear about them all the time.
Cheese and milk are either mucus forming or they cause our mucus we do produce to thicken. For our bodies to get rid of the liter of mucus we produce every day it needs to be fluid. If it is thick and sticky are body can’t get rid of it. This will clog every part of our body. People try to solve their problems by taking a laxative or sinus relief. They are masking the problem. They aren’t getting to the root of the issue. Why is it happening in the first place. You can eat more fiber by eating fruits and vegetables. You can try to balance out these harmful foods with vegetables and fruits which have fiber in them.While it is good to eat those foods, you’re not letting your body live in a state of true vitality. Eliminating mucus thickening foods from the diet is the path to true health and healing.
Who is thickening of mucus really bad for?
- Young children. My own brother started getting colds when he was a baby after he was weaned. I feel it was due to the introduction of cow milk. I remember it was so bad, he had to have a special baby inhaler for his asthma. It was scary to watch your little baby brother fight this breathing cup from going over his little mouth and nose. It made me very sad. You could hear him gasping for air. You could hear the mucus inside his little lungs.
- The elderly. My husband’s grandma developed severe Alzheimer’s. When she went into a nursing home, I told my mother-in-law to not let the nurses feed her milk and yogurt. She also believed that these types of food could make you sick. She did really well no colds. But, she was well advanced in age and wanted those foods. The nurses eventually started feeding her yogurt and milk. Not soon after that, she got very sick with pneumonia. She eventually passed from a complication of many things.
How to get rid of mucus?
- Drink more water
2. Eat alkaline forming mucus acid binding foods:
- Potatoes especially Sweet Potatoes
- Celery Roots
- Red Beets
- Bok Choi
- White turnips
- Sugar beets
- Black radish with skin
My conclusion after researching all this is more research needs to be done. There has been no long-term study done on the connection between food and mucus. The studies I have seen have only lasted a few days or slightly longer. Usually, they only last a few days to 10 days. This is not enough time to really fully understand what these foods that we are not supposed to eat in the first place.
My sister’s story, mine and the women in Dr. Neal D. Barnard may seem anecdotal. But this stuff in our lives. Some people will say that there are no studies that prove this. I challenge those people to ask the questions why haven’t these studies been done. Why aren’t doctors getting a good education on nutrition? Doctors are taught to cut and give medicine. Why are more studies being done on chemotherapy to cure cancer than on how nutrition can improve and even wipe out cancer? Why is more research going into the cure than prevention? Why are foundations for cancer like breast cancer only raising funds to raise the awareness of breast cancer and getting screened? Instead of raising funds for studies to what prevents a woman from getting breast cancer in the first place?
A great resource below if you want to learn more about a plant-based diet and it’s role in health. Michelle Mcmacken A doctor who believes that a plant-based diet can prevent and treat chronic diseases. There is a small community of like-minded doctors that believe that diet and nutrition play a role in all the diseases that are plaguing our modern technologically advanced societies today.
I believe that diet plays a huge role in our health. I believe that a plant-based diet can prevent and reverse the most serious of the disease that plagues us today. Cancer, diabetes, heart disease, dementia and Alzheimer’s. These diseases are not a normal part of life or aging. We can live to ripe old ages. In comfort but more importantly in strength and vitality. There is a rising number of doctors that are promoting a plant-based vegan diet. They also believe that the key to true health and vitality is through a plant-based diet. Why? They have witnessed first hand what it does for their patients health.