Do you suffer from sinus problems?
Sinus can cause throbbing facial pain and severe headache interfering with sleep and the ability to function well during the day. I have suffered from sinus problems most of my life and am very happy to say that with diet alterations, herbal remedies and salt therapy I very rarely suffer now.
These are a few simple tips for using foods to help reduce the frequency and severity of sinus congestion.
Diet – simple, easy to digest foods to support the body to clear infection such as fruits and vegetables and small amounts of good protein. Adequate fluid is essential to reduce inflammation and to thin mucous secretions. Vegetable soups, broths, filtered water and herbal teas such as ginger and lemon are recommended. Warming foods with spices such as turmeric and chilli are good for clearing congestion and increasing Qi flow through the body.
Avoid – dairy, gluten and sugar until issue has cleared as these are all known to be highly inflammatory and mucous forming.
Also avoid preservatives, flavourings and additives and generally reduce chemical exposure as much as possible. Use natural soap, shampoo and body products, avoid perfumed sprays such as air fresheners and keep a Himalayan salt lamp to help reduce irritants in your home.
Vitamin A is essential for the health of the mucous membranes and foods such as sweet potato, pumpkin, carrot, spinach and eggs are a good source.
Vitamin C is essential for immune health and parsley, kiwi fruit, citrus fruits, broccoli and tomato are good food sources.
Zinc is needed for cell repair and health with ginger, pecans, sesame seeds, oysters and chicken being good food sources.
Fermented foods such as sauerkraut and kombuccha can help rebalance the gut bacteria which is crucial to good immune function. These foods should be kept to minimum if fungal issues are suspected.
Reduce stress by exercising regularly, walking and yoga are recognized as effective and exposure to sunshine as often as possible for vitamin D (immune system enhancer).
Breathing exercises have been shown to help clear congestion in airways and help keep oxygen levels high while reducing stress levels.
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