If the phenomenon of "mucoid plaque" is legitimate, what are the risk factors associated with mucoid plaque? Who has it? How do you know? Additionally, how does one get rid of mucoid plaque? In this article, we'll address such questions and more. First, let's remember why your gut cleanliness is so important to your overall well-being:
Gut health correlates to overall human health; poor gut health correlates to increased disease risk:
The gut microbiome plays an important role in human health and influences the development of chronic diseases ranging from metabolic disease to gastrointestinal disorders and colorectal cancer. Of increasing prevalence in Western societies, these conditions carry a high burden of care. . . .
The bidirectional communication between the central nervous system and gut microbiota, referred to as the gut-brain-axis, has been of significant interest in recent years. Increasing evidence has associated gut microbiota to both gastrointestinal and extragastrointestinal diseases. Dysbiosis and inflammation of the gut have been linked to causing several mental illnesses including anxiety and depression, which are prevalent in society today.
A mucoid substance building up in the gut and colon:
The theory of mucoid plaque supports that this built-up substance sticks to the walls of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and colon that impedes the body's natural waste removal and possibly nutrient absorption capacity.
What Is "Mucoid Plaque"? Does It Really Exist?
Mucoid plaque is a term more so used in the natural-living, holistic-focused world rather than in mainstream medical society. It refers to a build-up on the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Mucoid plaque, in the alternative medical sphere, is composed of a purportedly undesirable, unhealthy build-up of mucus and matter that invades and adheres to the GI tract and colon, a barrier of sorts, different from the normal, protective, healthy intestinal mucosa.
Holistic supporters endorse the notion of mucoid plaque while mainstream-focused individuals can be quick to eschew it. Regardless, these facts unite the dichotomies:
It's factual that a mucus barrier acts as a protector to intestinal lining.
Research says health concerns such as Crohn’s disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and other issues and maladies relate to a disruption of the gut's mucus barrier.
How do you get rid of mucoid plaque? Does psyllium husk get rid of mucoid plaque?
Holistic providers and supporters of ancient and alternative medicine and practices might suggest removing "mucoid plaque" via these methods:
- cleansing juices comprised of fruits and vegetables as well as salts and spices: When you drink fresh fruit and vegetable juices, avoid juice with added sugar and juice from concentrate.
- fibrous 'gritty' substances such as psyllium husk and ground flaxseed;
- binding agents such as apple pectin, activated food-grade charcoal; and/or food-grade clays.
But the most arguably crucial factor affecting gut health is our diet. GMO-, pesticide-laden foods and those high in sugar and artificial additives and chemicals can wreak havoc on the GI tract. Additionally, failure to have regular bowel movements can result in constipation and noxious build-up in the gut, further perpetuating and exasperating a state of dis-ease.
Dietary steps to remove "mucoid plaque" might include but are not limited to the following:
- Abstain from eating foods that fail to nourish your body, such as those negatively affected by GMOs, pesticides, high sugar content, preservatives, and so forth;
- Include ample fresh fruits and vegetables as well as fermented foods;
- Consume fibrous foods;
- Drink plenty of purified water.
Always check that holistic providers are licensed in your state to be sure they are applying ethical approaches within practice guidelines. This article and site are not meant to constitute medical advice. See the disclaimer at the bottom of this site.
How long does it take to pass mucoid plaque?
Various cleansing kits aimed at cleansing the GI tract, perhaps even targeting "mucoid plaque" directly, claim timeframes as little as three to five days. If you believe certain habits got you to a general state of unhealthiness, building up healthy habits and a healthy gut biome can take time and is more of an ongoing lifestyle pattern than it is final outcome.
"Mucoid plaque" and gut as well as overall health maladies are caused by catalysts over time; it takes time to get to a state of dis-ease, and it will take time to recover.
What comes out during a colon cleanse?
Visible 'gunk' such as candida and rope-like "worms"--which can really be parasites or 'old' gut lining?
Invisible-to-the-naked-eye microscopic parasites and microbes?
It's tough to say and certainly varies from one individual to the next depending on the state of their gut health, the cleansing measures they undertook, and the overall validity and efficacy of their approach.
Let's analyze a confounding variable:
We don't normally analyze our poo, right? Starting to observe it can result in an effect of finding something only because you're suddenly looking. What's your 'baseline,' your normal? Do we even have one, what with how our diets change and fluctuate, and therefore our stools do, too?
There are people who go as far as to send off a stool sample before, during, and after certain gut--or "mucoid plaque"--cleanses. Clinical stool analysis could yield insights as compared to mere observation and its associated confounding variables, albeit a baseline stool sample understanding would be needed for valid comparison.
How do I completely clear my intestines?
Speak with your trusted medical professional to establish which steps above can help you optimize your health, remembering that your health profile is unique to you, so your 'best steps,' timeline, and further outcomes will be unique to you, too. It can be best to avoid putting a timeline on health processes, reiterating to oneself that obtaining and maintaining optimal health is just that--an ongoing process.