The pollen count is up and this may leave you scratching, coughing, and sneezing. Allergies are flaring up. You may even have a heavy head or headache. Once your airways become irritated, mucus begins to form. Mucus is just our body’s response to increased inflammation. The key is to reduce the irritant and also the inflammation. So, following an anti-inflammatory diet is a good idea, particularly, staying away from dairy, sugars and alcohol. Adding natural anti-inflammatories to your diet may be helpful. Turmeric and ginger are natural anti-inflammatories.
You can also try using a Neti-pot or Sinus-Wash bottle (by NeilMed) on a regular basis to keep your sinuses clear and prevent the inflammatory response from setting in. Check out this article re: use of sinus wash systems, http://www.webmd.com/allergies/sinus-pain-pressure-9/neti-pots .
I used to be prone to sinus congestion and since using my Sinus-Wash bottle on a regular basis, I have not had any sinus infections. This is not to suggest that you will have the same success, but it’s worth a try…or succumb to the medicine cabinet.
Here is my preferred method….and I perform it every morning, 2x per day if I am in the midst of a cold or infection.
- -Sinus-Wash bottle (available at the drug store), or may use a Neti-pot, also available at the drug store
- -Boil small pot of water (this boils off any impurities), you may also use purified water that is then heated up
- -Remove the pot from the heat and allow to cool, but only until it is still warm (it goes down easier with warm to the touch water). I usually find that 1/2 hour is sufficient time to cool.
- -Add 1/2 tsp of salt to the Sinu-Wash bottle or Neti-pot. I have found 1/2tsp works for my bottle. Neti-pot may need a different amount. They sell those packets of saline but you can save money and just use table salt. I use a product called Real Salt which is less processed.
- -Pour warm water into the bottle to the fill line.
- -Use the Sinu-Wash or the Neti-pot as directed, cleansing one nostril and then the other until the water is gone.
- -Finish by blowing your nose out gently
It really is not a long process to perform this once you get it down. Try fitting it into your normal routine as a more preventative route. If you have any questions, please let me know.
Wishing you all clear breathing!
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