Plant Based Diet
Plant Based Diet
By | April 28th, 2012 | Modified - December 18th, 2014

Why Cleanse The Small Intestine? What Does The Small Intestine Do?

Small Intestine Cleanse
Small Intestine Cleanse Photo from Syontix

The small intestine is the part of the gastrointestinal tract following the stomach, and is where much of the digestion and absorption of food takes place. When we ingest food it enters the stomach and begins the second phase of digestion.

The first stage of digestion is the chewing of foods to break it down into smaller pieces. The stomach releases proteases (protein digesting enzymes) and hydrochloric acid, which lowers to pH level of the contents of the stomach so the proteases can break down protein effectively, and it also kills and inhibits bacteria in the food.

The result of this digestive process of the stomach is called chyme, which has is still a partially digested food that is then passed unto the small intestine for further digestion.

The Small Intestine's Role in the Digestion of Food and Absorption of Nutrients

Once the food moves from the stomach to the small intestine, the hormone secretin causes the pancreas to release bicarbonate into the small intestine to protect it against acid coming from the stomach.

The pancreas also releases digestive enzymes into the small intestine to break down proteins and peptides into amino acids, carbohydrates into sugars, and fats into fatty acids and glycerol.

Once the food is broken down the nutrients are absorbed through the walls of the small intestine into the bloodstream, and are transported to the organs through the body.

Waste Buildup in Small Intestine

I have found some loosely supported theories suggesting that excessive intake of dairy products cause a buildup of mucus in the small intestine. The small intestine naturally produces mucus to line its walls to protect itself against acid entering from the stomach.

It is suggested that the small intestines produces extra mucus to protect itself against environmental pollutants entering the small intestine, and the large amounts of dairy we consume cause too much mucus in the small intestines. This buildup interferes with the absorption of nutrients from the small intestine into the bloodstream.

Cleaning the Small Intestine

I use Mullein and a Bromelain & Papain complex to clean the mucus from my small intestine.

Mullein is used as a herbal remedy to treat asthma, coughs, tuberculosis, and related respiratory problems.

It is used in cleaning the small intestine because it dissolves mucus. Bromelain is a digestive enzyme extracted from pineapples and papain is a digestive enzyme extracted from papayas.

The digestive enzymes are used to dissolve nutrients caught in the excessive mucus buildup in the small intestine. I do feel this process is working for me and that more nutrients are being absorbed in my bloodstream.

I am feeling the need to eat less, which I attribute to more nutrients being successfully absorbed into my bloodstream and to my organs. I don't need as much food to get the nutrients needed by my body. I have also removed dairy from my diet and I don't feel bloated anymore, my stomach has flattened, and my energy is through the roof.

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I obtained a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University, a BA in Organizational Behavior and Communications from NYU, worked as an elementary school teacher, and have studied social work. I am a web designer/developer and I enjoy boxing, kick boxing, cycling, power walking, and basically anything challenging, and my plant based diet supports all that I do. Eating a plant based diet and exercising is a great way to achieve healthy living. ~ Natural Life Energy

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  • Sakinah says:

    Very good info. Thanks for posting. I am recommitting to healthy living!

  • Tk Williams says:

    Hello “Ive been eating a healthy diet since i found out about my 3rd stage prostate cancer.I have another illness goin on which dont want to menton.I know eating alkalined foods is the key to detox & curing all disease.So wod u say if i took sarasparilla,dandellion,burdock,mullein & yellowdock alone with plenty of alkalined water & food wud help rid all toxins to cure my illness..”And how long should it take to do so?Ive been consistent on this diet since January 4th 2015.Have got off course 2 to 3 times but satying consistent for the most.And what else do u recommend i cud do that wud help me release toxins at a faster pace.

    • Aqiyl says:

      Most definitely Tk! That combination of herbs is excellent for clearing toxins from the body and for strengthening the organs! Don;t worry about getting off course, unless you are staying oof course for a long period of time. Just get back on course on continue your journey. The are many different herbs that assist healing and vitality. Check this page: .Consistent exercise also plays a great part in supporting healthy living. Try to work out for 45 minutes a day for at least 4 days a week.

  • Carolyn King says:

    Hi I hope that when you receive this email that you are happy and in the very best of health. Aqiyl I found you by searching for mullein. I am a substitute teacher. Today, I don’t feel very well. I have a lot of mucus. Also, I just returned home from a funeral in another state. When I feel better I will write you again. Thanks so much for being there!!!

  • Irene says:

    I have tried this and it really works and in more than one ways. Thank you Aqiyl.

  • Meena Patel says:

    Hi my husband has just had a major surgery to remove his large intestine. He now has colostomy bag. I would appreciate any advice regarding how to take care of his small intestine. What diet to have, what vitamins to take, etc. Thanks

    • Aqiyl says:

      Make things as easy on the small intestine as possible by eliminating meat and dairy form the diet. I would only eat foods on this list:
      Drink plenty of water. As long as he eats a well balanced diet vitamins are necessary. He can eat a well balanced diet from eating the foods on the list. These foods will help clean the small intestine and revitalize it. Let his doctor know the changes to his diet so they are aware and he can be monitored. I wish him strength.

  • connie says:

    I’m so happy to fine information about mullien and the enzymes was a bonus. I’ve just started with mullien and taking 3-4 tablets 2xs a day and ive been taking digestive enzymes, probiotics and prebiotics for 2 yes now. I have just added cayenne pepper and fenugreek to the mullien. I’m moving it. Thanks ✴

  • PMaddox says:

    By using the products you recommended, how long does it take before you see results?

    • Aqiyl says:

      I was patient and did a full herbal cleanse along with eating a plant based diet. These herbal cleanses work best with an alkaline plant based diet. I did a full herbal cleanse for 3 months. The herbs will start to work slowly immediately. I probably began seeing noticeable changes in my stool after 2 weeks with continued changes through through whole cleansing period. The changes in my stool were an indication of how the digestion of my food changed.

  • Bob says:

    On small intestine cleanse, what quantity and what timing do you use?

    • Aqiyl says:

      Bob it depends on the product you use. Check the label and it will instruct you as to how much you should take daily. In my case I took 3 mullein tablets in the morning, and 3 mullein tablets in the afternoon. I took 1 bromelain & papain tablet in the morning and 1 bromelain & papain tablet in the afternoon.

      The brand you get may instruct you otherwise.
      Aqiyl recently posted…What Is Chlorella And Why Do I Need It?My Profile

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