Is Your Diet Mucous-forming & Why is that important?

Are you consuming mucous-forming foods? What is mucous, what is its function, and when is not helpful for our health?

Mucous – “a thick, viscous, slippery discharge that is comprised of dead cells, mucin, inorganic salts, water, and exfoliated cells. It also refers to the slimy, sticky, viscous substance left behind by mucus-forming foods in the body after ingestion.” [source] The body produces mucous to protect cells lining different systems including the respiratory and gastrointestinal.

We’re looking at mucous because while it traps bacteria and viruses, its overproduction can prevent the body from eliminating them. For those wanting to enhance digestion, improve elimination, and discharge parasites, investigating the reduction or elimination mucous-forming foods may be beneficial, and the next step. Mucous-forming foods are also acid-forming and an acidic environment correlates with ill-health. By including more non-mucous-forming foods such as vegetables and fruits, we can further improve our health. If this resonates with you, I encourage you to continue your research. Perhaps dig into some of Dr Sebi’s work.

Mucous-forming foods

  • fats (also nuts and oils)
  • dairy
  • wheat
  • deep-fried foods
  • cereal grains
  • pastas
  • corn & corn chips
  • starchy vegetables (sweet potatoes become starch-free after being cooked)
  • animal tissue (including lab grown)
  • eggs
  • margarine
  • pasteurized 100% fruit juice
  • plant milks and plant-based creamers
  • processed chickpeas (hummus)
  • soy Lecithin (food additive)
  • tempeh
  • unripe foods
  • processed foods
  • baked goods and candies
  • dairy and non-dairy ice cream
  • histamine-rich foods (eg. tomatoes, spinach, avocados, eggplant, and mushrooms)


Switching to a non-mucous diet

Foods lie on a spectrum of mildly to strongly mucous-forming. There are foods that do not form this slimy substance. Broccoli, squash, cantaloupe, bell peppers, and kiwi are listed as anti-mucous forming foods. Including foods rich in Vitamin C, garlic, celery, parsley, onion, lemons, watercress, and naturally alkaline foods is also a key part of this diet. Excessive mucous may also indicate a deficiency in the Sodium Sulphate cell salt.

Additional ideas:

  • Organic kelp sea moss can remove mucous from the body
  • Stinging Nettle is anti-histamine
  • Rock Rose Tea is part of Dr Klinghart’s antiviral protocol
  • Black Walnut and Wormwood both have anti-parasitic action
  • Digestive enzymes, minerals and substances such as fulvic and humic acids can be beneficial – improperly digested food causes health issues, including acid which depletes our mineral content. Fulvic and humic acids support the body’s processes. It’s missing from our foods due to unhealthy soil.

Recommended Readings:

Dr Sebi

Dr Sebi’s African Bio Mineral Balance

Mucus Forming Foods: What To Know About The Anti-Mucus Diet

Medical Medium’s blog posts on mucous