Mucoid plaque – sounds pretty gross right? It really is just as gross as it sounds.
When I first learned about mucoid plaque and how it is one of the main root causes for many health issues – I started digging deeper into what it is and how to get rid of it. Although it isn’t mainstream knowledge – everything I learned about mucoid plaque made so much sense and I knew it was going to be a game changer for my health journey. So what is mucoid plaque?
What is Mucoid Plaque?
Mucoid plaque is a film of hardened mucus combined with waste which can be found lining parts of your intestines. The over-accumulation of mucoid plaque forms a barrier along the lining of your intestines and can remain in the folds and crevices of your gut for years. Mucoid plaque causes many issues such as:
- malabsorption due to blockage of the assimilation of nutrients
- slower digestion and elimination of waste
- a build up of waste and bacteria which becomes a feeding and breeding ground for parasites and disease
The way mucoid plaque looks will vary from person to person, depending on factors such as diet and lifestyle choices. Mucoid plaque comes in different shapes, sizes, colours, textures, and forms. Although the pictures referenced in this article show mostly larger and longer pieces of mucoid plaque, this mucus can also be in smaller chunks, and softer pieces.
One thing that seems to be constant is that it has an intensely foul odour when the body does finally manage to expel it – which makes complete sense. I can only imagine how bad something that’s been rotting and fermenting in our intestines for so long would smell!
What Causes Mucoid Plaque?
Most of us who were raised on a standard American diet (also known as a SAD diet), with little to no detoxing, walk around on a daily basis not realizing that we carry so much of this mucoid plaque within our guts.
Acidic and Mucus Forming Foods
This plaque is a result of eating mucus forming foods consistently over extended periods of time. When you consume foods that are too acidic or overly toxic for the body to handle, the intestines will naturally protect themselves by producing a thin layer of mucus known as “mucin”. This mucus lining acts to lubricate and protect the lining of the intestines from these acidic or toxic substances consumed, in order to move them out of the body without absorbing any of their toxicity.
This lining of mucus produced by your intestines is usually expelled along with your stool once the unnatural substances have moved out of your body. But when you are constantly consuming highly acidic, toxic, processed, and unnatural foods, along with breathing in pollution, taking medications, and being exposed to heavy metals… the intestines are continuously secreting more and more mucus in the gut as a result. This mucus then accumulates and becomes more difficult for the body to expel as it solidifies and sets into the folds of your intestines, creating an overly acidic environment.
Negative Effects of Mucoid Plaque
As mucoid plaque accumulates and hardens in your intestines, many issues like malabsorption, unhealthy bacteria, and parasites arise. These issues then cause symptoms within your body such as colds and flus, skin conditions, allergies, headaches, and so much more. Over time, with the increase of mucoid plaque in the intestines, the immune system starts to decline as the healthy and good gut bacteria is over populated by unhealthy bacteria.
When your colon becomes an acidic and toxic environment, this affects your body as a whole. Toxins from the mucoid plaque start to leak in and become absorbed by your body and causes your blood and lymph systems to become toxic as well. This toxicity over burdens your other organs, causes brain fog, constipation, and many other symptoms. This is usually the start of disease for many, which if left untreated may further develop into chronic illnesses, and even colon cancer.
How to Get Rid of Mucoid Plaque Naturally
There are many methods to getting rid of mucoid plaque from your intestines. It’s important to remember that it is not a one size fits all approach, but by experimenting with a variety of holistic methods and techniques, you can definitely get the job done!
Cut out the Mucus Forming Foods
The first step to clearing out mucoid plaque is simple – yet the hardest for most people – cutting out the mucus forming foods and substances from your diet. This includes acidic and toxic substances such as processed foods, meat, dairy, alcohol and even bread. I highly recommend reading “The Mucusless Diet Healing System” by Arnold Ehret to learn more about how and which foods cause mucus.
Consistently consuming processed foods, sugar, caffeine, meat and alcohol will leave you with an acidic gut – the cause of not only excess mucus, but also inflammation, bloating, weight gain, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, susceptibility to illness and a long list of other undesirable symptoms.
When your body starts to become more acidic, it has to rely on supplies within your body to recalibrate your blood pH so that it can come back to homeostasis. This means your means your body will potentially leach minerals out of your bone tissue or put extra work on your kidneys and liver in order to come back to a healthier state.
So while many “foods” can produce mucus and acidity in your system, there are many others that do the opposite while helping rid the body of toxins and mucus. These healing foods are non other than vegetables, fruits, and herbs – especially in their raw form. Raw living fruits and vegetables are alkalizing, hydrating, cleansing and extremely healing for the body. They naturally draw out toxins and help the internal systems and organs such as the liver and kidneys recuperate.
One way I like to think about it is like this: you essentially want to re-hydrate the mucoid plaque in order to make it easier for the body to expel. This can be done by drinking more water, but also by consuming more water rich foods – many fruit varieties are around 90% water. These will not only hydrate the plaque, but also help to unbind it from the walls of the intestines as it starts to soften and loosen up.
Fasting is a very powerful way to detox, cleanse and heal the body on so many levels. When you fast, you are giving your body a break from digestion, and allowing it to focus its energy into other areas of the body that need maintenance. The most popular methods of fasting are juice fasting and water fasting. With these methods of fasting, you are still hydrating your body and feeding it plenty of nutrients, while allowing it to do a deep clean of all the accumulated waste and toxins. If done safely and correctly, this method can do a great job at expelling loads of mucoid plaque!
Once the mucoid plaque is hydrated and starts to loosen up, with time and healthy lifestyle choices, the body will naturally push it out. Depending on how much you have accumulated over the years, this could potentially take a very long time.
In order to hasten the process, many people claim that the use of psyllium husk and bentonite clay help to draw out the mucoid plaque. This is usually done following an extended juice or water fast, where a mixture of psyllium husk and bentonite clay with water are consumed in order to pull out the mucoid plaque. Psyllium husk acts as a “bulk-forming laxative”, which essentially helps to further loosen the plaque. Bentonite clay acts like a sponge by absorbing and drawing mucus, toxins, pathogens, and negatively charged elements in the digestive tract. The combination of these two substances is a very effective way to draw out mucoid plaque.
Sometimes mucoid plaque can be harder to remove if it’s been stuck for long periods of time, and is not so easily rehydrated and loosened off the intestinal walls. One way to further help hydrate and detached from the lining of our gut is to do enemas.
Enemas are a procedure where liquid is injected using a tube, syringe, or enema device into the rectum. The best way to see results with this methods is to practice this on an empty stomach, preferably during or after a fast. You would also typically want to hold in the liquid for about 10-15 minutes to allow is to sit in the intestines in order to drench and hydrate any mucoid plaque and hardened waste.
Colons are similar to enemas, but a lot more intensive and effective. Colonic irrigation hydrotherapy is a safe, effective method of removing waste from the large intestine. During a colonic, liquid is passed through the colon, flushed out, and repeated until as much waste as possible is removed from the intestines.
How Long Does it Take to Get Rid of Mucoid Plaque?
Everyone’s experience with mucoid plaque will be different. Depending on factors such as dietary choices, lifestyle, and age, the process will vary. You should definitely start implementing cleansing and detox protocols and practices into your life, as they are good for not only expelling mucoid plaque but also for your overall health – but this does not mean immediate results. Getting rid of this unwanted waste in our system can take weeks or even months of clean eating and healthy living.
My Experience with Mucoid Plaque
My first experience with mucoid plaque was after a cleanse I did in March of 2020. During this cleanse, I consumed only raw foods (predominantly fruits and some vegetables), while following a strict intermittent fasting schedule, and some days of dry fasting. After a while of following this protocol, I noticed I started releasing smaller pieces of mucoid plaque.
How did I know? Like a lot of other people going through these protocols and cleanses, I became very observant of what my body started to expel. The way I realized it was mucoid plaque and not just my regular daily stool is the odor was different, as well as it’s rubbery texture (yes, I poked at it with a long tooth pick to get a better idea).
If you’re anything like me, then you may be easily grossed out or uncomfortable with this topic. Over time I grew to realize and understand that bowel movements and stool is a natural part of our human lives. It’s important to be observant of what your body is expelling during a cleansing protocol. This means thoroughly observing how your stool looks, smells, and even feels if you’re up for it, every time you go.
See it to Believe it
It’s hard to believe in something you’ve never experienced or seen – I get it. It was hard for me to believe in the concept of mucoid plaque the first time I heard about it too.
Here’s a picture of many that I found off of google just to give you an example of how mucoid plaque can look:
Another option is to look at others experiences with mucoid plaque that you can find online. It might sound a little nasty to look at other peoples stools… but I think it’s amazing that we can see peoples first hand real results and experiences. There are lots of videos up on YouTube if you simply search up mucoid plaque.
If you have Instagram, I would recommend watching @openancienteyes’s Instagram Highlight titled “Mucoid Plaque” to see her experience through videos and images (picture below for reference). Very eye opening to watch and see how real mucoid plaque is!
Another great real example you can reference is @hannybatman’s Instagram highlight – appropriately marked with the 💩 emoji (see picture below for reference).
Here is another real example: a post from @omairaleon who completed over 100 days of juice fasting – click here to see what she had to share! Read her caption, and swipe through the posts for the pictures and proof.
Try it yourself
The best way to see “proof” that mucoid plaque exists is to try a cleansing protocol yourself! Clean up your diet, incorporate more raw fruits and vegetables, do some fasting, and see what happens. What do you have to lose? (Other than some mucoid plaque!) I do advise and recommend that you follow a guide or find a coach if you are coming from an unhealthy, acidic and mucus forming diet – detoxing can be very aggressive on the body if done too quickly or incorrectly. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you’d like to set up a consultation!