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Sinus Condition


Sinusitis is simply the inflammation of your sinus passages.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, 29.5 million people experience sinusitis on an annual basis. There are two main sinuses that commonly bother patients.  One is the frontal sinuses, which are right by the eye. The inflammation of these sinuses causes eye headaches.  The second of the two main sinuses are the maxillary sinuses. Infection of these sinuses can lead to dental pain. When passages get inflamed, air, moisture and/or mucus are trapped, causing pressure.

Sinuses warm the air, provide moisture and create mucus secretions. Moist membranes are healthy membranes. The nose is connected to your sinuses and these secretions provide a natural protective mechanism. Acute sinusitis typically occurs after colds or flu. 80% of people have some inflammation during those two weeks of colds or flu. When mucus is in the sinuses for 12 weeks, the sinusitis can escalate to a chronic state.  Approximately 32 million people ignore sinusitis symptoms and are weakened by them. This neglect leads to chronic inflammation, which in turn leads to heart disease and more harmful infections. Sinusitis symptoms include sinus headaches, pressure, pain in the teeth, dizziness and a warm flushed feeling.

A few easy ways to prevent sinusitis or help mitigate its symptoms:

  • Stay properly hydrated. Regular consumption of water allows you to stay optimally moist and helps control sinusitis. Proper hydration also helps bring down the inflammation and gets your sinuses flowing freely.
  • Wash your hair before you go to sleep. Inoculating yourself in the dust and allergens in your hair can worsen sinusitis; you are being exposed for 8 hours to the cause of the infection in the first place.
  • Avoid down pillows and down comforters. Use a nanotechnology cotton pillow.
  • Get a full night’s rest of 8 hours. Adequate sleep can restore your body to health.
  • Keep your pets off your bed. Your pets may bring dust and pollen from the outdoors that may irritate your sinuses.
  • Avoid food allergens or high/moderately reactive food. Take a simple allergy test. Take charge of your health by taking charge of the food you’re eating.

Some supplements you can take to help with sinus conditions:

  • Bioflavonoids like quercetin and bromelain. Quercetin helps stop the mast cells from releasing histamine and is a better alternative to taking an antihistamine that makes you tired and worn out. Bromelain has the same enzymes found in pineapples and effectively reduces inflammation in the body.
  • Vitamin C-rich produce, fruits or diet supplements. Sinusitis leads to stress that in turns leads to lack of Vitamin C production. Examples of Vitamin C-rich fruits are oranges, papaya, strawberries, kiwi and pineapple.
  • Grape seed extract. Grape seed extract helps stabilize membranes.
  • N-acetyl cysteine (NAC). NAC helps break up mucus. It helps take the mucus out of your body so that you don’t continue to grow bacteria.
  • Stinging nettle. A double blind study (meaning both the patients and doctors were unaware that stinging nettle was taken by the patients) shows that consumption of stinging nettle helped patients with sinusitis.
  • Goldenseal. Goldenseal helps if your mucus has a yellow or green tinge.

Simple proactive interventions for your health, blended with the intake of recommended supplements, can make all the difference.  Eating the right food, staying hydrated and getting 8 hours of sleep for body restoration are all important to help prevent or treat sinus conditions. Control inflammation in your body to promote your overall health and well-being. Inflammation can cause heart disease, aches and pains in your body and generally robs you of the quality of life.

 

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