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Mucus in the Body

What is mucus?

Mucus is a normal, slippery and stringy fluid substance produced by many lining tissues in the body. Normal mucus is typically clear in color. If there is a noticeable change in color, that is an indicator of an abnormality such as an illness.

What is mucous membranes?

The moist, inner lining of some organs and body cavities. Glands in the mucous membrane make mucus (a thick, slippery fluid). Also called mucosa.

What are examples of mucous membranes?

Mucous membranes line many tracts and structures of the body, including the mouth, nose, eyelids, trachea (windpipe) and lungs, stomach and intestines, and the ureters, urethra, and urinary bladder.

How does mucus react in the body?

It is essential for body function and acts as a protective and moisturizing layer to keep critical organs from drying out. Mucus acts as a trap for irritants like dust, smoke, or bacteria. It contains antibodies and bacteria-killing enzymes to help fight off infections.

Does the body naturally have mucus?

Yes it does. The body produces a lot of mucus -- about 1 to 1.5 liters per day. However, mucus production increases with certain condition's.

What area's of the body produce mucus?

  • lungs,

  • sinuses,

  • mouth,

  • throat,

  • nose, and

  • gastrointestinal tract.

What causes mucus production to increase?

Respiratory infections like colds, the flu, and sinusitis are common causes of increased mucus production and coughing up mucus. Allergic reactions are another reason that mucus production can increase. Even consumption of spicy foods can spark excess mucus production in the nasal passages.

What do different colors of mucus mean?

  • The thickened mucus that accompanies many illnesses is often darker and yellow-colored compared to normal, clear, thin mucus.

  • Greenish mucus means that the mucus contains infection-fighting white blood cells.

  • Blood-tinged or brownish mucus is also common with upper respiratory infections, especially if the inside of the nose has become irritated or scratched.

What are examples of mucus forming foods?

  • Dairy products. It's at the top of mucus producing food list for a reason.

  • Wheat. Gluten found in wheat products (like bread and pasta) can cause excessive mucus, especially for those with a gluten intolerance.

  • Foods high in starch

  • Deep fried foods.

  • Sugary treats.

  • Soy.

  • Red meat.

  • Caffeine.

  • Alcohol.

We have herbal blends available to help keep the body's mucus levels in balance and to help clean the mucous membranes.

If you are new to using herbal remedies and/or you want to simply aid your sinuses and respiratory system, we suggest using our Mucus Buster Blend (click the HERE).

If you are looking for a full body detox, which entails cleansing all of your mucous membranes, we suggest using our 14 day Mucusless Diet Program (click the HERE).

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