Bug the body enough, and it’s going to react. The cold virus is a great example of a body being bugged and, boy, do you know it. Sore throat, puffy eyes, and loads and loads of you know what!
Mucus is a sure sign of a body in a state of extreme agitation. The heavy, over-processed, dairy-rich makeup of the North American diet demands the human body to react as if it is fighting a viral invasion every day. In the morning we can feel its effect, foggy clogged head, puffy eyes and dulled senses. The answer, a large mug of strong coffee to kick-start the system so that we can face the rigors of the day. Most of us have forgotten what it is like to awaken, clear-minded and full of energy. Yet, within two weeks, of a changed diet, the transformation can be quite remarkable, jumping out of bed in celebration of the new day; a throwback to a younger, healthier you.
The human body is an incredibly, complex system. It transfers vital fluids through miles of tubes and membrane highways. The circulatory system is 60,000 miles long. You would need a truck load of road maps to travel a small portion of your body. The kidneys, alone, contain 500 miles of internal plumbing. Each time you breathe, 300 billion—yes billion—capillaries in the lungs await to absorb life-giving oxygen. However, mucus can slow down or stop the important movements along the many pathways of the body, creating a feeding ground for viruses and pathogens (disease-producing bacteria).
Let’s look at an antibody soap opera. Antibody X must seek and demolish Microbe Z, a bacterial bad guy, responsible for an irritating cold. The body is tracking his position, Agent X has been assigned to a search-and-destroy mission to intercept Microbe Z before he does greater damage to the host. On his way through the lymph, he finds himself in a traffic jam, an underpass full of mucus. In this vulnerable position, Agent X is a sitting duck. From above, he is ambushed by two million bacterial bad guys who have been feasting on the mucus for days. The last thought in Agent X’s mind before he dies is, in spite of his perfect conditioning and training, nothing had prepared him to deal with the obstruction of thick, sticky mucus. Finally, after the host had suffered for days with a raw throat, coughing, sneezing, reinforcements were able to destroy the bacterial bad guys.
Not all mucus is bad. Healthy mucus is a clear, slippery, lubricating secretion, used to protect mucus membranes along the digestive, respiratory, urinary and reproductive tracts. Unhealthy mucus is cloudy, thick, and sticky. Mucus is secreted to stop irritants, pollutants, or carcinogenic compounds, created by putrefying, undigested food residues. It’s like a blanket of protection. Certain foods such as milk and bread cause an increase of mucus secretions. These foods have large protein molecules (casein and gluten) which are difficult to digest and are more prone to putrefaction, and may be toxic or an irritant to the body. For many, bread and milk cause sinus congestion.
Mucoid is a mixture of large gelatinous particles, which has a sticky or jelly-like consistency. The word mucoid encompasses the terms mucin, colloid, mucoproteins and glycoproteins. Mucoid is caused by many toxins, pollutants, food additives and allergies. Mucoid can be present in any body tissue but is most commonly associated with the respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, lymphatic system, uterus, vagina urinary system and the joints. Cartilage in a joint contains mucus membrane cells which secrete a clear slippery mucus to keep joints lubricated. When mucoid-forming substances are present, toxic mucoid builds up deposits within the joint.
Mucoid within the body tissues, drains into the lymph which filters waste from the intercellular fluid. The blood absorbs 90% of this cellular waste fluid and the lymph absorbs the other 10% composed of the larger waste particles. The lymph glands contain one-way valves, lined with muscle tissues that behave like pumps. If an overload of mucoid from the cells accumulates in the lymph and is not cleansed from the system, it can become stagnant and prone to infection.
Dr. Robert Gray, a nutritionist, determined, through intensive testing that certain foods are mucus-forming and others are mucus cleansing. The foods shown to cause mucus are dairy products, white flour, meat, eggs, potatoes, beans, rice, grains, fish, peanuts and fats.
Factors Which Increase Mucus
. Our body's need for food is often much less than what we eat. Any foods eaten beyond our body's need is a burden. Some of this excess food will be converted into fat. Yet the body can create only so much fat per day. If you eat above digestive capacity, the excess must be eliminated. During elimination, the lymph glands are overloaded and mucoid forms in response to putrefaction.
. When food is eaten before complete digestion of the previous meal, partially-digested food will be released into the colon thus causing mucus.
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Improper chewing overworks the digestive system. If the food particles are too big to be assimilated, they must be eliminated through the colon. On the way, these particles putrefy, thus causing mucus.
A typical meal contains starch, protein, sugars and fats, each requiring a completely, different digestive secretion. Complex food mixtures create mucus because the food molecules cannot be dissolved efficiently.
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