If springtime leaves you with a stuffy nose, cough or sinus drainage you’re not alone. Each spring, millions of people are forced to deal with a variety of uncomfortable allergies. As North Texans we also have to cope with the wild swings in weather that April, May and June bring our way. For a lot of people this can add up to painful sinus pressure and sinus infections.
Anatomy of a sinus infection
The sinuses consist of eight hollow spaces, called para-nasal sinuses. These air spaces are located behind the eyebrows, in each cheekbone, behind the nose, and in between the eyes. The location of these air spaces explains why we experience headaches, sensations of pressure and and even hearing and vision problems if our sinuses become severely blocked.
During a sinus infection the nasal membranes become inflamed. This makes it difficult for bacteria-containing fluid to be expelled. This stagnation can can cause a sinus infection.
In our practice, we use natural remedies and supplements to gently relieve the inflammation, unblock nasal passages and flush the bad germs and toxins from your system.
How to get rid of a sinus infection naturally
Since our immune system is really our first line of defense against any health problems we should address any health problem by bolstering our immunity. One of the best ways to do this is by supplying our bodies with probiotics.
Probiotics – the good bacterias our bodies need
Our guts , sinuses , and lungs all require ‘good’ bacteria. Good bacteria keeps harmful bacteria in check. A probiotic contains strains of the these beneficial bacterias and restores them to our intestinal tracts.
Many health experts and scientists believe that the over-use of antibiotics is at least partially responsible for our increased susceptibility to colds and sinus infections. This is because antibiotics kill off all bacteria, even the good ones. Taking a probiotic becomes extremely important after using an antibiotic.
Not surprisingly, many people experience health improvements just by taking a probiotic each day.
Probiotics in our daily diet
You can also get probiotics through food.
The classic source of probiotics is yogurt. But not all yogurt is created equally. Try to look at the ingredients list of your favorite yogurt. Most commercial yogurts only supply a. acidophilus as the main probiotic. However there are dozens of other helpful strains. Try to find yogurt with the most probiotic strains (and the least amount of added sugar).
Kefir is somewhat similar to yogurt, and is made from goat’s milk and fermented kefir grains. It is very high in probiotics and antioxidants, and is an excellent addition to your arsenal of natural weapons to get rid of a sinus infection naturally.
Goat’s milk is also an excellent source of probiotics.
Surprisingly, dark chocolate is also high in probiotics. But choose dark chocolate with a high cocoa content (in the 85% range) so that you’ll receive most antioxidants possible.
Other food sources of probiotics are miso soup, sauerkraut, tempeh, pickles, kimchi, and kombucha tea.
Natural remedies provide fast relief
One way to ket get immediate relief for sinus pain and pressure is by using saline. You can create a saline solution at home using purified or distilled water and sea salt and use it with a Neti pot. However, don’t use tap water with a Neti Pot as there have been rare reports of serious brain infection linked to tap water use.
Alternately, at our Garland chiropractic office we offer a professional grade saline product called Nasorepair. This combination of electrolytes, saline, and botanicals effectively treats inflamed, congested, and infected sinus membranes.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Sinus Infections
Apple Cider Vinegar is a time honored folk remedy for sinus pressure and congestion. If you wish to try this at home, add 1 ounce of raw Apple Cider Vinegar along with a pinch or two of baking soda to 4 to 6 ounces of water. Drink all at once or sip slowly as you prefer.
One reason this remedy works for so many people, is the potassium that apple cider vinegar contains. Potassium can thin mucus, keeping sinuses from becoming congested.
Another excellent source of natural sinus relief is homeopathy. This form of natural alternative medicine has been around for thousands of years. The core principle of homeopathy is that diluted substances will trigger the body’s natural immune responses. The word itself comes from Greek, ‘homeo’ meaning like, and ‘pathy’ meaning suffering. Thus homeopathy is literally treating “like with like”.
Sinusin Homeopathic Nasal Spray is a natural treatment for sinus congestion. This product will help moisturize dry nasal passages and membranes. It helps with nasal congestion and runny noses. Additionally, it is safe for babies and children.
Since dry nasal membranes is one factor in the onset of sinus infections you call also you a humidifier in your bedroom at night. If you do feel a sinus infection coming on, try applying warm heat using a wet warm towel around your face, Be sure to rest, drink plenty of fluids, and irrigate your sinuses with a saline solution.
The natural supplements, homeopathy and home remedies we’ve outlined above are safe and quite effective. Unlike over the counter medicines and prescription antibiotics, they are generally without side effects.
So try our natural remedies and hopefully you’ll be able to get rid of your sinus infection without a trip to the MD or a prescription for antibiotics. And in the future you’ll be less likely to have a reoccurrence.
If you or a family member would like to learn more about nutritional medicine and our natural health programs, contact us today. We treat a wide range of health concerning using Science Based Nutrition.