Sometimes the journey to vibrant health leads us down some rather unsavory aisles – and mucoid plaque is one of them. If you have ever done any research about intestinal health, chances are, you’ve come across this controversial substance. Does it actually exist? And if so, how do you get rid of it?
It is estimated that most Americans who eat the Standard American Diet have some variation of this foul build-up in their intestines which is known to harbor an accumulation of fecal matter, harmful bacteria, and unhealthy toxins – sometimes even parasites!
What is Mucoid Plaque?
Mucoid plaque is a layering of mucus along the intestinal wall that can vary greatly in color and texture. It can be thick, firm, thin, hard, soft, brittle, rubbery, transparent, brown, black, green, grey, yellow… and almost always has an intensely foul odor when the body does manage to expel it.
The term mucoid plaque refers to an unhealthy accumulation of what is normally a healthy response in the body. When the body is subjected to say, a cold or flu, for example, the sinuses and lungs will secrete a protective layer of mucus in order to lubricate those areas to aid the body in its elimination processes. A runny nose is the body’s response to expelling pollutants, allergens, and offending pathogens or viruses in the sinus cavity. The same goes for mucus in the lungs. The body is trying to expectorate offending substances.
The same goes for the colon.
When we eat certain foods that may be too acidic or that contain ingredients that are toxic, the intestines will naturally protect itself by secreting a thin layer of mucin. This acts as a lubricant that helps protect the mucosal lining of the intestines as food moves through the digestive tract. The mucus layer is then expelled along with stool once the offending substance has moved on.
However, when we continually eat highly acidic or toxic/processed foods, foods we’re allergic or intolerant to, take OTC medications, are exposed to heavy metals, or are subjected to parasites, harmful microbes and bacteria and their toxins, etc., the intestines start to react to these sources of irritation in the gut and secrete (and accumulate) more and more mucus in order to protect itself.
Over time, this layer of mucus becomes exceedingly difficult for the body to get rid of and can cause unpleasant symptoms in that you may not associate with your gut like back pain, allergies, frequent colds and flu, headaches, inflammation, skin conditions, and even hair loss.
This overaccumulation of mucus is known as mucoid plaque and can remain in the body for years in the folds and crevices of the intestines collecting fecal particles and bacteria.
Since it is rarely excreted on its own, it often prevents the full assimilation of nutrients in our food, slows digestion, and slows the elimination of wastes. This allows parasites and bacteria to flourish in the mucoid plaque as it slowly collects food particles and binds toxins to itself making the surrounding environment more acidic – the perfect breeding ground for disease.
Over time, the immune system weakens as friendly bacteria is overtaken by unhealthy bacteria that are often the precursors to Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, and even colon cancer.
The toxicity of the bowel affects hundreds of functions in the body resulting in toxic blood and lymph fluids, overburdened organs, sluggish elimination pathways, brain fog, and an overall compromised immune system.
Mucoid Plaque Hoax?
There are a number of sources online who claim that mucoid plaque is a fake condition formulated by detox and intestinal cleanse companies in order to sell their product.
While I see how this can be a concern, there is substantial evidence that people are passing actual mucoid plaque even without the use of bentonite clay; an ingredient said to be what mucoid plaque is made of in these cleanses.
However, it is crazy to me that bentonite clay and psyllium husk can create the almost indestructible rubbery consistency and horrid odor associated with mucoid plaque.
At any rate, the fact still remains that incorporating colon supportive foods, herbs, and binders into our daily routine is still an excellent way to clear out any offending buildup without compromising healthy intestinal mucin.
Since the buildup of mucin, like mucoid plaque, has been found to be a possible precursor to bowel disease, why take the chance?
That is just my opinion.
If you want a more in-depth discussion on whether or not mucoid plaque is a real thing, then I encourage you to check out this article and even this testimonial on a failed liver flush that ended up expelling mucoid plaque.
How to Remove Mucoid Plaque Naturally
Just as certain foods and substances can cause mucoid plaque, there are foods and substances that can get rid of mucoid plaque as well.
The key is to start eliminating what’s causing irritation in your gut. You can do this by cutting out wheat and dairy products, food intolerances and foods you’re allergic to, and cutting back on OTC medicines, like aspirin, if possible.
The less offending substances you’re consuming, the better.
Here are a few more foods and substances to avoid:
• Canola oil
• Corn products
• Fatty meat
• Fried foods
• Soy products
• Sugary foods
• Sunflower oil
Cutting down on the irritating foods and including healthier foods that alleviate excess mucus production is essential for removing mucoid plaque naturally.
For instance, the following foods and herbs are considered great additions to the diet and help mitigate excess mucus secretion in the body:
• Bamboo shoots
• Black radish – dissolves mucus
• Chili peppers
• Daikon radish – dissolves mucus
• Dark leafy greens
• Dill – dissolves mucus
• Fresh berries
• Fresh citrus – especially grapefruit, orange, and lemon
• Fresh garlic
• Fresh ginger
• Marshmallow root – soothes mucus membranes in the intestinal tract and helps remove toxins
• Peppermint – soothes digestion
• Slippery elm – lubricates the mucus membranes in the body
Eating as many of these foods as you can on a daily basis will help restore proper mucus secretion while also helping the body dislodge mucoid plaque buildup.
The next thing you want to do is take binders. These negatively charged substances will bind to and attract the positively charged pollutants in the intestines – like mucoid plaque.
It is imperative to use binders since the body isn’t able to expel mucoid plaque without them. This is why mucoid plaque stays in the intestines for up to decades at a time!
Yes, you may be able to get git of some of it without the use of binders, but most will still stay behind.
Here are a few binders to consider:
• Bamboo charcoal
• Chitosan – a fiber made from the shells of crustaceans
• Coconut husk charcoal
• Green bentonite clay
• Modified citrus pectin
• Organic psyllium husk powder – a bulking agent to help absorb the mucoid plaque away from the intestinal walls
Mix 3 of these together along with the organic psyllium husk powder in 8-10 oz of spring or distilled water. Avoid taking any supplements or eating meals 60 minutes after taking binders otherwise, it will be a wasted effort – they will just bind to what you’ve eaten. I like to take these first thing in the morning with plenty of water.
In order to avoid constipation, it is important to drink enough spring water while using binders. You can also take magnesium to help keep things regular during treatment. I like to use Natural Calm for this.
How to Remove Mucoid Plaque Naturally Without a Cleanse
I encourage you to watch the YouTube video below for an invaluable drink recipe and binder recipe that can help remove mucoid plaque naturally without going on a 28-day cleanse.
This is the same protocol I use.
Have you ever had mucoid plaque before? Please share in the comments below!
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