It’s that time of year again when our people start to develop cold and flu symptoms. The manufacturers of tissue and hand sanitizer make millions of dollars during this time. And everyone seems to realize that their body is expelling mucus (aka snot and boogers). But the cause of this mysterious mucus is generally unknown. It takes more than cold weather to “catch” a cold!


What is Mucus?

Mucus is a slippery substance that is secreted by the mucus membranes to lubricate and protect the tubes of the throat and nasal passages, gastrointestinal tract, lungs, respiratory system and the urogenital area. In a healthy body, mucus fluid is totally clear and is not sticky at all. The natural Afrakan body in its infinite wisdom, seeks to protect itself against foreign solid, liquid and gaseous substances at all times. So how does this clear, slick fluid become yellow and green and sticky? Let us explore some of the well documented examples as well as the little-known culprits.


Mucus-forming foods

Many of our people are aware that dairy products can lead to “sinus problems” as well as causing an Afrakan to develop "lactose intolerance". {Special note: the only milk intended for human consumption is breast milk and of course this is only intended for newborns/infants}. Commercial dairy (which most people consume) is the worst form. Milk, ice cream and sliced and shredded cheese contribute to clogging the nasal passages and producing excess phlegm. But most people eat cereal with their milk, cake with their ice cream and breads and pastas with their cheese and all of these also contribute to mucus production. Gluten (from wheat, rice and other grains) is a very glue-like substance that holds doughy substances together. It is also very hard to digest which causes the intestines to secrete more stomach acids. This gluten is found in most breads (even whole wheat, rye, oat etc.), pasta, baked goods and cereals. Gluten is also found in a lot of vegetarian and vegan meat substitutes. And since meats are acidic they also are mucus-forming by default. This also applies to nuts and seeds which are acidic when eaten in large quantities.The mucus membranes have to produce more mucus to protect against the acids. Do you see the dilemma?


Getting things straight with Nature

Now that we have identified the function of mucus and which foods corrupt and overrun the body with it, there are some simple solutions. First, the most immediate and simple thing to do is to STOP EATING the things that make extra mucus. In fact, if you already feeling sick then it is best to fast on liquids. Fruit juice in the mornings and vegetable juice and teas (if desired) in the afternoon/evening will most likely do the trick. Next, get in the habit of eating fruit in the mornings instead of cereal. You may also drink fruit smoothies. If you must eat other foods then wait at least thirty minutes after your fruit or juice. It is also good to plan to start each meal with a salad and cooked starch-less vegetables like kale, cabbage, broccoli, etc. Replace all of the foods with gluten in them with root vegetables like sweet potatoes or red potatoes and eat whole grains like quinoa and millet or wild rice.  

There are also herbs that help with removing excess mucus. Senna leaves are good for cleansing mucus in the gastrointestinal tract. Raw garlic is excellent at breaking up congestion. Add to this list ginger, goldenseal, slippery elm, and many other herbs that assist the process of ridding the body of mucoid fluids and plaque.

This short post was merely to introduce a few facts that some of you might not have been aware of. We will continue to expound on this topic in the near future and explore ways to prevent mucus buildup with your lifestyle.

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