MORE ABOUT MUCUS THAN YOU EVER KNEW YOU WANTED TO KNOW … Extract from the excellent book “The pH Miracle” by Dr. Robert O. Young and Shelley Redford Young.
Although we tend to associate it with head colds and worse, mucus is, in fact, a normal secretion. It is a clear, slippery substance the body makes to protect the surfaces of membranes. One way it does that is by coating anything you ingest, even water. So it also engulfs any toxins you happen to take in, and in doing so it becomes thick, sticky, and cloudy (as we see when we suffer from colds) to “trap” the toxins and escort them out of the body. Most foods Americans eat most often cause that thickened mucus. They either contain toxins or break down in a toxic way in the digestive tract (or both). The worst offenders are dairy products, followed by animal protein, white flour, processed foods, chocolate, coffee, and alcoholic beverages. Vegetables do not cause the formation of this sticky mucus, which is just one more reason to feature them prominently in your diet. Over time, these foods can encrust the intestines with thick mucus and the fecal material and other debris it traps. This slime is bad enough on its own before you consider that it creates an environment that also promotes the growth of negative microforms. Emotional stress, environmental pollution, lack of exercise, insufficient digestive enzymes, and absence of probiotics in the small and large intestine all contribute to the buildup of that slime on the wall of the colon. With buildup, transit time for materials passing through the lower bowel increases. Low levels of fiber in your diet, slow it still further. As the gooey mass begins to stick to the wall of the colon, a pocket is formed between the mass and the wall, which is an ideal home for microforms. Material gradually adds itself to the slime, until much of it stops moving altogether. The colon absorbs what fluids are left, the buildup begins to harden, and the home for unfriendly organisms becomes a fortress. Heartburn, gas, bloating, ulcers, nausea, and gastritis (irritation of the walls of the intestines due to gas and acid) are all a result of a gastrointestinal tract overgrown with microforms. So, too, is constipation, which in addition to being an unpleasant symptom causes more problems and more symptoms. Constipation often shows up as, or comes along with, a coated tongue, diarrhea, cramps, gas, foul odor, intestinal pain, and various forms of inflammation, such as colitis and diverticulitis. (We’ve all heard the remark that a self centered person thinks their “stuff ” does not stink. The solemn truth is, it is not supposed to! If it does, that’s Nature hammering a warning on the door.) Worse, the microforms can actually bore through the colon wall into the bloodstream. That means not only that the microforms themselves have access to the entire body, but also that they bring their toxins and intestinal matter along with them into the blood. From there they can travel quickly and take hold anywhere in the body, invading cells, tissues, and organs easily enough. All this severely stresses the immune system and the liver, as they desperately try to ward off what does not belong. Unchecked, microforms burrow deeper into the tissues and organs, the central nervous system, the skeletal structure, the lymphatic system, and the bone marrow.