What is a Cold?

February 06, 2018

What is a Cold?

 

A Cold is the Removal of Excessive Mucus in the Body 

If you have been outside during the winter months in a cold region then you are probably familiar with catching a cold. You know, when your nose starts dripping and mucus starts coming up, maybe in the throat area. Then for the next two or three days you have a cold. It’s not like the flu sick, you can still go to work, but it’s annoying; that’s a cold. But let me ask you something, how did you catch this cold? If you’re outside in the freezing air, did some sort of virus go into you? No, what happened was it was so cold out that it created a detoxification event inside of you. Cold air is on the alkaline side of chemistry and alkalinity purges the body which is why when we detox, we detox on fruit and juices. You don’t detox on steak and potatoes, because that’s more of the acidic side of chemistry. Excessive mucus is a sign that the body is in a state of agitation. It can come from toxins, pollutants, allergies, and food additives, and often involves the lymphatic system, gastrointestinal tract and respiratory system.

That’s not to say that mucus doesn’t play a role in the body. It’s produced by different mucus cells (i.e., goblet cells) among the epithelial lining of organs like the intestinal and respiratory tracts. They are found inside the bronchi, trachea, and larger bronchioles in the respiratory tract as well as the small intestines, the large intestine and conjunctiva in the upper eyelid. Mucus is produced in order to protect the mucous membranes where they are found. The problem occurs when there is excess mucus production, which can be stimulated by irritants like dust, smoke, other pollution, chemicals, bacteria and viruses, food additives, and food allergens. Excess mucus is produced to capture these particles and shuttle them out of the body – meaning more colds- coughing, stuffy noses, harder time breathing, and more.

 

 

Too Much Mucus and Health Issues

If you suffer from too much mucus production, you may experience, one or more of the following symptoms:

  • You suffer from a chronic cough that won’t go away
  • You are currently experiencing mucus from a cold and/or flu 
  • You wake up with puffy and crusty eyes in the morning 
  • Bad breath throughout the day (even after brushing your teeth) 
  • You have a constant stuffy nose 
  • Your senses are dulled (you require lots of salt to make food “taste good”)
  • Your senses are not sharp - your mind is foggy and thinking clearly is difficult

These symptoms are often a result of a sluggish digestive tract, respiratory system and lymphatic system, which could be caused by excess mucus production. When we have excess mucus build-up in the intestine, it causes a glue-like buildup that sticks in the folds of the intestinal walls. This obstruction results in absorption issues, digestive problems, and an overall sick and poor-functioning body. Although excess mucus production can come from allergies, a major cause of mucus production is your diet.

Mucus and Your Diet

Certain beverages and foods can trigger excessive mucus production in the body. Two main foods that cause excessive mucus build-up are dairy and wheat. These partially-digested food particles putrefy and become coated with thick mucus to prevent further putrefaction in the intestines.

Here are some foods that create mucus in the body:

  • Dairy products (yogurt, milk, sour cream, cottage cheese, ice cream, butter, ghee) 
  • All corn products 
  • Eggs
  • Sugary treats (cookies, cake, pies, pastries) 
  • Wheat (bread, pretzels, buns, bagels, muffins, etc.) 
  • Deep fried foods 
  • All soy products 
  • Safflower/sunflower oil 
  • Jams and jellies 
  • High-fat red meat
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine

Eliminating foods that cause mucus is key to helping the body function at an optimal pace. Raw fruits are the best mucus-cleansers out there!

 

 

Our immunity is directly related to how much alkalinity is in our diet. An alkaline body is a strong body, and can easily protect itself against germs and infection. An acidic body is too busy dealing with the toxins consumed by processed foods, stressful lifestyle, and polluted air to be able to fight germs and bacteria. In most cases, colds and flu could easily be prevented with an alkaline diet rich with raw fruits and raw vegetable salads. Think of every fruit and salad you consume as a safety net for when you’re overworked, tired, stressed, or exposed to something that would otherwise make you sick. The more alkaline your body is, the more immune you will be to colds and the flu.

Promote Lymph Movement
Your kidneys are the exits, but your lymphatic system is the highways! If it gets congested, you will end up with toxemia.

 

Learn more about the strategies to naturally prevent ANY illness here!

 

Sources: http://www.freedomyou.com/mucus_clearing_diet_freedomyou.aspx https://allergies.knoji.com/foods-that-cause-excessive-mucus-and-foods-that-reduce-mucus/ http://www.whyamiunhealthy.com/8-foods-that-reduce-mucus-phlegm-and-snot/

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-3919/How-to-Arm-Yourself-Against-Sickness-with-Alkaline.html