First things first, is it mucus or mucous? I’m going with mucus….
Mucus is basically dampness in your large intestine. Forms as a defense against excessive dryness. (The body is constantly trying to achieve balance)
Even intestinal rumblings are caused by dampness in intestines.
Usually a sign that spleen is impaired. (What is the spleen anyway?! Find out HERE.)
What causes dampness in the large intestine?
Worry, pensiveness, and overwork
An excess of kapha and ama
*Incomplete digestion (when food stays in the intestine it ROTS….mucus=host of putrefaction. YUCKY!!!!)
Fun Fact: Metabolism of female hormones takes place in the intestines. Imbalanced hormones occur when hormones are not broken down effectively (usually due to antibiotics usage).
What should I avoid??
Too many sweet, sour, and salty foods and drinks.
**Also try to avoid fat, milk, cheese, sugar, white flour, bread, pastries especially in the EVENING.
What can help??
Drying, astringent, and pungent foods, drinks, and herbs.
Quinoa, buckwheat, bulgar, pears, APPLES, cranberries, pomegranates, figs
If intestinal mucus is a big problem for you, one day a week try to eat only vegetable soup.
Ginger, pepper, cayenne, tumeric, fennel (very cleansing)
Drink: (drink between meals instead of with them….strengthens digestion)
Plenty of water
Warm water with cayenne, lemon, and honey
Teas made from the following helpful herbs
Bentonite clay (very useful for cleansing)
Helpful Acupressure Points:
ST 36, ST 40, ST 44, LI 4
(LI 4…. BONUS: Also treats headaches)
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