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Spiritual meaning of mucus

Looking for the Spiritual meaning of mucus? Then read this guide on the spiritual meaning of mucus in a dream and the spiritual meaning of coughing up mucus. The spiritual meaning of mucus is that it represents the flow of energy within and around us. Mucus is a physical manifestation of our energy, and it helps to clear our bodies’ pathways so that we can experience this flow more fully.

Mucus [mjk-s] /məˈkʌs/ noun 1. Any of a group of viscous or jellylike substances, typically colorless and transparent, that are secreted by certain types of cells and help moisten, lubricate, and protect membranes. 2. Mucus around the mouth or nose is often a sign of an upper respiratory infection. …something on your mind?

Mucus is a viscous, cloudy or translucent fluid produced by, and carried in the mucous membranes that line various passages of the body. It is continuously secreted from the mucous glands, and mucous neck cells of the mucous membranes . The primary function of mucus is to trap foreign particles such as dust, bacteria and viruses. Mucus prevents them from entering the body and subsequently helps in their removal through the process of phagocytosis.

spiritual meaning of coughing up mucus

Mucus is often seen as a sign that there is something not quite right in our digestive system, but it’s important to remember that in our bodies, everything is related to everything else. If there is an accumulation of mucus in your body, it’s because there’s too much stagnant energy blocking your free flow—and this could be blocking other parts of your body as well.

As you go through life, you may find yourself experiencing mucus in different ways: for example, if you’re feeling blocked in some way (emotionally or energetically), then you might notice that you have more mucus than usual coming out of your nose or mouth; if you’re feeling closed off from others, then being around other people might make those feelings worse because they’re bringing out all the “gunk” from inside you; etcetera.

The key here isn’t so much about changing what comes out of your body (though obviously keeping yourself clean helps!), but

The spiritual meaning of mucus is sometimes overlooked, but it’s important to understand.

Mucus is a protective substance that helps our bodies fight off harmful substances that enter the body via inhalation or ingestion. It’s also a component of tears, saliva, breast milk, and semen. This shows that mucus has a protective element to it, even when it comes to emotions.

Mucus can be considered a symbol for protection from anything that might hurt us: from physical threats like bacteria or viruses to emotional threats like anger or sadness.

spiritual meaning of mucus

So, what is mucus?

Mucus is a protective substance that’s excreted from multiple areas of the body, such as the mouth, sinuses, throat, lungs, stomach, and intestines (Figure 1). Mucus itself consists of multiple constituents, but its major component is a substance called mucin. The mucins in mucus can work as a selective barrier, lubricant, or viscous material depending on their structure. When mucin structure and production is normal, mucus protects surfaces all over our body, which helps us live alongside many different microbes. However, disease can ensue when mucin structure and production are abnormal.

Figure 1: Protective mucus is found all over the body. The zoomed-in image on the right is a cartoon depiction of the surfaces of those body parts. The pink blobs are epithelial cells, which are the outer layer of cells in many parts of the body. Mucus (the yellow cloud above the pink blobs) covers the cell’s surface and contains mucins (brown lines) that define its properties.

How can mucus prevent disease?

Professor Katharina Ribbeck’s research group at MIT wants to understand the benefits of mucus, and it has uncovered interesting properties of mucins as a result. Ribbeck’s group has purified natural mucus from a pig stomach to obtain a mucin known as MUC5AC. This pig-derived mucin is related to the MUC5AC found in multiple parts of the human body, such as the respiratory tract, stomach, gallbladder, and female reproductive organs. Since pigs and humans are closely related, the function of their respective MUC5ACs should be similar. Using liquids containing MUC5AC, they investigated the interaction between mucin and microbes in our lungs and guts, and whether the mucins might be preventing some of these microbes from causing disease.

One such microbe is a bacterium called Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which lives in our lungs and is often harmless when found in healthy individuals. However, it can cause lung infections in patients with a disease called cystic fibrosis, which is characterized by abnormal mucus production. These infections are exacerbated when P. aeruginosa starts forming sticky groups of bacteria known as biofilms on the surfaces of the lungs. Biofilm formation is often associated with increased virulence (i.e. the ability of a microbe to cause disease), and groups of bacteria in biofilms are more resistant to antibiotics. Therefore, biofilms cause infections to be more aggressive and more difficult to treat. Can we find a way to prevent biofilm formation in order to help these patients?

Voila! Ribbeck’s group found that MUC5AC can possibly prevent lung infections by making surface attachment more challenging, which can prevent P. aeruginosa biofilm formation. Conventional wisdom would lead us to believe that mucus suppresses biofilm formation by trapping bacteria, rendering them immobile, and preventing aggregation. On the contrary, Ribbeck’s group determined that the true mechanism may be opposite of this intuitive thought. In the more viscous MUC5AC solution, they saw that bacteria actually move faster. This increased motility (ability to move) decreases biofilm formation because moving cells are less likely to stick together (Figure 2), which renders the bacteria less dangerous. We are lucky to have mucus protecting us from potentially nasty bacteria.

Figure 2: Mucus disrupts biofilm formation. In healthy individuals (the left box), the bacterium, P. aeruginosa (blue cylindrical objects with tails) can move around because the mucin itself binds to the bacterium, acting as a signal for the bacterium to increase motility through the use of flagella (the tails in the picture). In the diseased state (right box), with either no mucus or abnormal mucus, the cells can stick together and form biofilms.

Another microbe made less dangerous by mucus is a yeast called Candida albicans, which can live in places like the gut, mouth, and vagina. C. albicans can cause an infection called candidiasis (a.k.a. thrush or yeast infection when in the mouth or vagina, respectively), but it is found in the gut or mouth of 80% of adults without causing any harm. However, if a healthy person contracts another sickness that weakens the immune system or changes mucus production, C. albicans can either aggregate in biofilms or form hyphae, which allow the yeast to invade human cells (damaging the cells and providing the yeast access to the bloodstream). When C. albicans is allowed to overgrow in these forms, the result can be fatal. C. albicans’ virulence is tied to its ability to invade cells through hyphae and biofilm formation, so Ribbeck’s group tested the effect of multiple mucins (including MUC5AC) on C. albicans behavior. Much like for P. aeruginosa, they determined that mucin exposure decreases virulence by mitigating biofilm formation. They also observed that it prevents hyphae formation, which further diminishes virulence.

Diagnostic potential

We have seen that mucus is highly beneficial to our health when its structure and production are normal. However, there are times when people get sick and mucin production becomes abnormal. A sick person may be producing atypical mucus, which may manifest as changes in either the amount or structure of its constituent mucins. When mucin’s structure changes, its ability to dampen the virulence of pathogens can be weakened, or the strength (characterized by viscosity and fibrosity) of the mucus itself can change. In these cases, even though mucin may not be protecting us as effectively, it may be used as an indicator of an illness or increased susceptibility to disease. One example of using mucus as a diagnostic tool is the analysis (also done by Ribbeck’s group) of the structural properties of cervical mucus to assess the risk of pre-term birth. If cervical mucus is structurally weaker (thinner and more stretchy) and more permeable—which would allow more bacteria to travel through the mucus—then pregnant women have a higher risk of pre-term birth; stronger mucus, on the other hand, indicates a lower risk of pre-term birth. Just by observing mucus, doctors can more accurately predict which pregnant women should be watched for pre-term birth.

spiritual meaning of mucus in a dream

Mucus in a dream can be a symbol of your spiritual connection to the world around you.

Mucus is a natural substance produced by our bodies to protect us from outside invaders. It traps germs, dirt, and other unwelcome substances so that they can’t get into our bloodstreams and make us sick. In a dream, mucus represents the barrier between your conscious mind and the world around you.

When you’re healthy, this barrier is strong enough to protect you from negative outside influences—like germs or negative energy. But when your health is compromised, the mucus may break down and let those things in. This can cause illness or even death if left untreated!

What does this mean for your dreams? It means that when mucus appears in your dreams, it’s time for you to take better care of yourself spiritually and emotionally so that your spiritual defenses stay strong enough to keep all those bad vibes out.

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