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The Secret To A Life of Vitality Is Removing This Toxic Obstruction From The Body

In the early 20th century, a German professor named Arnold Ehret declared he had a cure for every ailment that plagued modern man. He suggested that every disease, no matter what name is given by medical science, is at its root a form of constipation, and therefore the cure to any disease is found by removing obstruction in the body.

Ehret said that through years of eating the standard Western diet (dairy, white bread, meat, and processed foods), the majority of us have accumulated toxic amounts of mucus, pus, acid, and undigested food in our digestive tract. These particles form a glue-like substance that sticks to the folds of our intestinal walls, called mucoid plaque, resulting in absorption issues, digestive problems, and an overall toxic, disease-ridden system.

Our bodies are so clogged that the average person has as much as 10 pounds of uneliminated feces in the bowels, constantly poisoning the bloodstream and entire system. In its famous book, The Mucusless Diet Healing System, Ehret says that every disease, such as psoriasis or the common cold, is the body’s struggle to eliminate the buildup of mucus, and that if given the right environment our body will eliminate all mucus, toxins, and pus and return to healthy status.

The mucusless diet protocol

Ehret’s protocols include periods of fasting along with eating raw and some cooked fruits and vegetables. The central idea in The Mucusless Diet isn’t so much about listing what you “can” or “cannot” eat, but rather it is about evolving eating habits and staying away from foods that produce mucus and albumin in the digestive tract.

According to Ehret, life begins when we eliminate these sticky obstructions from the body, and that when we start relying on fruits and vegetables, we begin to shed these “poisons” at our own pace, rebuilding our cellular tissues to fend away illness forever.

In 1922, Ehret published his case studies and research in his book, The Mucusless Diet Healing System, and today people from all walks of life still follow and promote the amazing knowledge written within its pages.

What’s going on inside your digestive tract?

The intestines, which include the small and large intestines and the rectum, are a long tube running from the stomach to the anus. This is where most of the nutrients are absorbed in our body.

The small intestine is about 20 feet long and about an inch in diameter. It’s responsible for absorbing nutrients from the things you eat and drink. The large intestine, or colon, is about as long as you are tall, and roughly as wide as your wrist. The colon absorbs water from waste, creating feces.

For every foot of colon, the body can store between 5 and 10 pounds of partially digested, putrefying matter. “Some intestines, when autopsied, have weighed up to 40 pounds and were distended to a diameter of 12 inches, with only a pencil-thin channel through which the feces could move,” says Richard Anderson, N.D., N.M.D., founder of Juice Plus.

“That 40 pounds was due to caked layers of encrusted mucus, mixed with fecal matter, resembling hardened blackish-green truck tire rubber or an old piece of dried rawhide.”

The value of fasting

Ehret claims that the fundamental cause of a disease is the presence of foreign material in the human body. If overeating and eating obstructive foods is the main cause of a patient’s disease, then Ehret suggests the countering remedy is to incorporate the power of intermittent fasting.

Fasting has been a practice that dates far back into our ancient history, and today we see a revival of this practice in such health programs as the ketogenic diet. The studied benefits of fasting are far and wide, including improved metabolism, improved insulin sensitivity, enhanced brain function and immune system, and the list goes on.

According to Ehret, the lack of appetite which occurs when we’re sick is nature’s method of self-healing through fasting, and that giving our body a break from digestion is essential in removing obstruction.

Within the Mucusless Diet protocol, Ehret recommends daily intermittent dry fasting, after which the fast is broken with fruit and later vegetables. The cessation of both external food and water creates a special kind of stress in the body, prompting it urgently to come up with both nutrients and water, initiating the process of making both internally.

During a dry fast, the body survives on so-called endogenous or metabolic water, created internally as a result of metabolizing fat tissue. Unlike any exogenous water, this metabolic water is of excellent quality, generated by the hard work of our own cells. It literally deletes any negative information imprint which the body had before the fast, allowing cells to experience a kind of a rebirth, as a result.

Cellular detoxication through dry fasting

Inflammation cannot exist without water. Microorganisms need water to survive. These facts taken together make dry fasting a highly effective tool to address acute health issues and degenerative conditions. Such a fast stimulates the immune system, activates the body’s anti-inflammatory mechanisms, purifies the blood and clears the blood vessels, as well as cleanses the GI tract and renews its mucosal lining.

Dry fasting also eliminates parasites and supports regeneration of healthy tissues. And this isn’t even a complete list of benefits. Every cell of the body literally cleans house. Only the strongest and healthiest of cells survive in such extreme conditions, while cysts and benign tumors dissolve as a result of autolysis, a process by which the body sacrifices its sickest cells for its own survival.

Ehret warns that people who are highly obstructed and toxic will often experience ill-side effects when fasting and eating mucus-free foods for the first time. He recommends a transition diet to ease into the detoxification process.

The transition diet is also known as a mucus-lean diet, which is detailed below.

Here is a list of acid, mucus, and pus forming foods, as well as mucus-lean and mucus-free foods.

Flesh (pus-forming)
  • Blood of Animals
  • Eggs (All Kinds)
  • Lard
  • Meat (Beef, Chicken, Horse, Dog, Mutton/Lamb, Turkey, Veal, Pork; Bacon, Ham, Sausage, Gammon, Chitterlings, Pig Feet; Wild Game: Bison, Buffalo, Ostrich, Rabbit, Venison, etc.)
  • Margarine (Made with Animal Fat)
Fish (pus-forming)
  • Crustacean (Crab, Crawfish, Lobster, Shrimp)
  • Fish (All Types)
  • Mollusks (Clam, Oysters, Mussels, Snail, etc.)
  • Roe (Caviar)
  • Salmon
  • Shell Fish
Dairy products (pus-forming)
  • Butter, Cow
  • Buttermilk
  • Cheese (All Kinds)
  • Cream
  • Crème fraîche
  • Kefir
  • Milk (All Animals and Kinds; Raw Organic, Skim, 1 or 2 %, etc.)
  • Yogurt
Processed foods (pus and/or very mucus-forming)
  • Dried Convenience Foods
  • Fast Foods
  • Frozen Convenience Foods
  • Packaged Convenience Foods
  • Processed Meat
Confectionaries/candy/sweets (pus and/or very mucus-forming)
  • Baked Goods (All kinds including pies, cakes, pastries, etc.)
  • Candy (All Types; Bars, Caramels, Chocolate, Fudge, Jelly candies, Rock
  • Candy, Taffy
  • Gelatin (Jello)
  • Ice Cream (Dairy and Non-Dairy)
  • Marshmallow
Acidic, fermented or distilled drinks/syrups (acidic-forming stimulants)
  • Alcoholic Beverages (All Kinds; Ale, Beer, Brandy, Champagne, Hard)
  • Cider, Liqueur, Mead, Porter, Rum, Sake/Rice Wine, Gin, Herbal Wine, Lager, Fruit Wine, Vodka Whisky, Tequila, etc.)
  • Syrups (Brown Rice, Barley Malt, Chocolate, Corn, Artificially Flavored)
  • Cocoa
  • Coffee
  • Kombucha Tea
  • Soft Drink (Soda Pop)
  • Vinegar (White, Apple Cider)
Fermented foods and sauces (acid-forming stimulants)
  • Fish Sauce
  • Fermented Vegetables (All; Kimchi/cabbage and other veggies, Olives)
  • Pickles/cucumbers. Sauerkraut/cabbage, etc.)
  • Miso
  • Sauces with Vinegar (Hot Sauce, Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise, Relish, Tartar, Barbecue, Salad Dressings, Salsa, etc.)
  • Soy Sauce
Cereals (mucus-lean)
  • Barley
  • Breads (All Kinds; Barley, Black, Rye, White, Graham, Pumpernickel, Zwieback, etc.)
  • Cereal Grains (All Kinds; Maize, Farina, Kamut, Millet, Oats, Quinoa, Spelt, White Rice, Brown Rice, Whole or Refined Wheat, etc.)
  • Cornmeal
  • Pseudocereals (All Kinds; Amaranth, Buckwheat, Chia, Cockscomb, Kañiwa, Quinoa, etc.)
  • Pastas
Beans (mucus-lean)
  • Beans (All Kinds and Forms; Black Beans, Black-eyed peas, Fava Beans, Butter Beans, Cannellini Beans, Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans, Edamame, Great Northern Beans, Italian Beans, Kidney Beans, Lentils, Lima Beans, Mung Beans, Navy Beans, Pinto Beans, Soy Beans, Split Peas, String Beans (Green Beans), White Beans, etc.)
Nuts and seeds (mucus-lean)
  • Nuts (All Kinds; Acorns, Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Cashews, Chestnuts, Hazelnuts, Peanuts, Pecans, Pistachios’, Walnuts, etc.)
  • Seeds (All Kinds; Sunflower, Pumpkin, Hemp, Sesame, etc.)
Stretchy or fatty vegetables and fruits (mucus-lean)
  • Artichoke
  • Avocados
  • Cassava
  • Cauliflower (Raw)
  • Coconut Meat
  • Corn
  • Durian
  • Fungus (Mushrooms)
  • Green Peas
  • Olives
  • Parsnips
  • Peas (Raw)
  • Plantain
  • Plantains
  • Pumpkins
  • Raw or Baked White Potatoes
  • Raw Squashes (Winter, Acorn, Butternut, etc.)
  • Raw Sweet Potatoes
  • Rutabaga
  • Turnip
  • Unripe Banana
Here’s a list of acid-binding, non-mucus-forming, or mucusless foods

Ripe fruits
  • Apples
  • Banana
  • Black Cherries
  • Blackberries
  • Blood Orange
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Honeybell Tangelos
  • Honeydew
  • Lemons
  • Mandarin
  • Mangos
  • Nectarine
  • Oranges
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Plums
  • Prunes
  • Raisins
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Cherries
  • Tangerines
  • Watermelon
Dried or baked fruits (mucus free)
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Bananas (my favorite fruit to bake)
  • Cherries
  • Dates, (Dried)
  • Figs (Dried)
  • Grapes/raisins
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Plums/prunes
  • Strawberries
Vegetables (mucus-free)
  • Arugula
  • Cabbage
  • Collard
  • Dandelion Leaf
  • Kale
  • Leafy Herbs (parsley, dill, basil, thyme)
  • Lettuce (green, red, romaine, boston bibb)
  • Mustard Greens
  • Spinach
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Dandelion
  • Green Onions
  • Onions
  • Peppers (Green, Red, Yellow, or Orange)
  • Red Beets
  • Sea Vegetables (Dulse, Kelp)
  • Sprouts (Alfalfa)
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini
Baked or steamed vegetables root, stem, fruit (all or relatively starchless/mucusless)
  • Acorn Squash (baked)
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Butternut Squash (baked)
  • Carrots (steamed and eaten with raw salad)
  • Green peas
  • Peppers (green, red, yellow, or orange)
  • Spaghetti Squash (baked)
  • Sweet Potato (baked)
  • Zucchini (steamed or baked)