- Learn about the confusion surrounding mucoid plaque
- Discover how to remove mucoid plaque naturally
- See other ways you can naturally protect colon health
If you’ve done any research on colon cleansing, you might have seen talk of mucoid plaque. It sounds awful and gross. And if you have it, you certainly want to get rid of it.
At the same time, you may have also seen sources that declare it a made-up idea by holistic herbalists and advocates for natural health.
It can be very confusing.
In this article, we hope to bring a little clarity to the subject. It will:
- Explore the underlying idea of mucoid plaque in the colon.
- Explain why mucoid plaque would be a problem.
- Share how to remove mucoid plaque naturally.
- Discuss how to keep your colon working right and in good health.
Let’s get started.
What is mucoid plaque?
A mucus barrier coats the lining of your colon also called the large intestine. It may not sound pleasant, but this mucus barrier plays a crucial in the health of your colon. It protects your colon tissue from toxins and other harmful organisms like germs and fungi.
If this mucus barrier breaks down, your tissue becomes exposed. And the lining of your colon keeps waste and toxins from passing from your colon into your bloodstream.
In the colon (and the small intestine), structures called tight junctions (TJs) regulate what passes into the intestine and what passes into the bloodstream. As research has shown, these tight junctions in the intestines’ lining can become disrupted and break down.
Disruption to tight junctions in the colon has been linked to Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and other colon conditions.
Now, you might be wondering what this has to do with mucoid plaque.
If you search plaque online, you will likely get a result that defines it as a sticky bacterial film that forms on teeth. Plaque on teeth is bad. If not removed by brushing or cleaning, it leads to dental problems like cavities, gum disease – it’s just bad.
Here’s the connection to your colon…the food you eat, along with other factors like stress, can affect the type of bacteria in your colon. We know the good bacteria as probiotics. These are the strains like B. bifidum. They thrive on fiber.
Harmful bacteria thrive on undigested food and uncleared, or built-up waste. And they disrupt the mucus barrier and the health of your colon.
So, mucoid plaque would be a build-up of harmful bacteria in the mucus barrier that disrupts your colon function. You’d never see it, but these bacteria and their corruption of your natural mucus layer would cause indigestion, gas, and bloating, and make your stool smell foul.
Gross, yes. But it brings up a bigger question…
The big question: is mucoid plaque real?
Holistic practitioners say it is. Mainstream sources say there’s no proof. Some even call it pseudoscience.
Here’s what is not pseudoscience:
- A mucus barrier protects the lining of your intestines.
- Research shows serious health issues like IBD, Crohn’s disease, and more have been linked to a disruption of this mucus barrier.
- To enjoy good health, you need to protect the health of both your large and small intestines.
Why you need a healthy colon
Your large intestine does more than simply collect and hold waste until you “go.” It also regulates water and electrolyte (mineral) balance in your body. You fight a lot of germs there, as much of your immune response takes place there too.
And if it stops working right, such as due to a build-up of harmful bacteria, you can get sick. Think IBD or Crohn’s disease. Digestion gets disrupted, even earlier in the digestive tract. You probably experience gas, bloating, and indigestion when you eat.
Research even suggests colon health impacts your mental health.
How to remove mucoid plaque naturally
Mucoid plaque – or any gut dysfunction – doesn’t just happen. Something causes it.
The most direct factor affecting your gut health is the food you eat. Your digestive tract is made to digest raw, fresh fruits, vegetables, and plant proteins. Sure, we can digest animal protein, but plant protein made up a greater part of even our paleolithic ancestors’ daily diets.
Eating processed foods, refined sugars, and foods treated with artificial chemicals encourage the growth of harmful bacteria and fungi in the digestive tract.
A lack of fiber in our diets can lead to constipation and waste build-up in the colon. These elements further feed those harmful bacteria.
To remove mucoid plaque naturally, you need to:
- Stop eating “junk” and processed foods.
- Make eating clean, raw fruits and vegetables a daily habit.
- Add probiotic foods like miso, sauerkraut, kimchi, fermented pickles, and Kombucha to your diet.
- Do a colon cleanse and detox.
The lifestyle change indicated by steps one thru three can be a challenge. Finding a nutritionist or health coach can help.
Colon cleansing to remove mucoid plaque and other waste
For colon cleansing, you have options.
- You can do a juice cleanse. For this, you drink fresh fruit and vegetable juices for a set period of time. For the best juice cleanse, you want to use a blender, so you get the fiber too. And avoid any juice with added sugar or from concentrate.
- If the situation is serious enough, you may consider colon hydrotherapy, or a flushing of the colon with water. This is a medical procedure, so you need to make sure you find a qualified practitioner.
- Take a colon cleanse supplement. You can find a lot out there. We recommend one that is both gentle and thorough, like Cleanse Infused Plus. Ideally, any cleanse supplement should also include nutrients that help neutralize toxins, as you will be breaking up and clearing out built-up waste.
To help detox, you could also take an algae supplement like Algae Infused, as algae like spirulina and Chlorella have been found to have powerful detox properties.
Natural ways to keep your colon healthy and working right
The good news about supporting your colon’s health is that you can do it right at home.
Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. If you can’t grow your own or buy organic, make sure to clean them thoroughly, however. Herbicides and pesticides used to grow them can harm your digestive tract too.
Exercise is also important. It helps keep you regular, which means less waste build-up.
Get plenty of fiber in your diet. While there are many fiber supplements, fiber from fresh fruits and vegetables is ideal.
Finally, make cleansing a regular part of your routine. Doing a quarterly colon cleanse and detox gives your body a chance to clear out any waste and toxins that may have built-up. Or, you can make cleansing part of your daily routine if you have a gentle cleanser. For example, many of our customers use Cleanse Infused Plus daily to help prevent build-up, in addition to a quarterly and semi-annual cleanse.
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