It’s that time of the year. 40 million Americans suffer from chronic sinusitis and winter time seems to be ground zero for sinus problems. Over the counter drugs, i.e. Flonase and Sudafed, often leave the person feeling dry and sleepy. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a solution that got to the root of the problem? A natural sinus rinse that works?
Question: What grows where it is dark, warm, wet, stagnant, and a sugar fuel to feed on?
Answer: fungus, yeast, mold.
In a study published in 1999, Mayo Clinic found that 96% of 212 sinusitis sufferers were actually experiencing a fungal infection in their sinuses. Hence, natural efforts to lower the mold load in your home and sinuses will bring about dramatic relief from sinusitis.
There are many natural tips and techniques that can accelerate the recovery process from chronic sinusitis and provide sinus relief.
1) Eat less sugar
Yeast feeds on sugar. The sugar in our diet feeds yeast in the gut, which generates acetaldehyde and other toxic by-products of yeast metabolism. The level of sugar (glucose) in our bloodstream is reflected in our mucus and our sweat.
The average American consumes 150 pounds of refined sugar per year. Sugar is more of a drug than a food. Cut your intake to 30 pounds of sugar per year. Lower your blood glucose levels by using intermittent fasting. Eat during an 8 hour window in the day (for example from 8 am to 4 pm) then fast for the remaining 16 hours. Then take one day a week and consume only water and tea. You will be lowering blood glucose, which helps support a healthy immune system while starving the yeast in your body.
Start tasting the food instead of coating all food flavors with sugar. Use conservative amounts of stevia and xylitol as substitute sweeteners. Find out how bad sugar really is for you!
The primary purpose of sugar in the bloodstream is to provide fuel for the muscles. When we sit around all day, we allow the unnatural buildup of sugar in the bloodstream, which then begins to fuel yeast overgrowth along with channeling prostaglandins toward the unhealthy inflammatory PGE-2.
3) Lower your stress levels
Learn to meditate. Regular exercise helps to defuse stress. Avoid unnecessary exposure to stress. Do something each day that you like, such as music, art, laughter, playing with your pet.
Mental stress can lead to excessive production of catecholamines, which cause inflammation and immune suppression, including in the sinus region. Stress causes a flow of catecholamines and sugar into the blood stream, which is counter productive for sinus problems.
4) Take fish oil
The cheapest and most practical approach to taking this vital nutrient is to take one tablespoon of emulsified and flavored cod liver oil (available at your grocery store or health food store) with a meal. If you cannot tolerate the flavor of fish oil, then take 2 capsules of fish oil with each meal.
5) Create a “sanctuary” for your sinuses
If you live in a hot and humid climate, then get a HEPA air filter for your bedroom. Simply living in that low mold environment for 8 hours each night can drain off the excess mold in your sinuses and help the body to get your immune system below the constant “red alert” level.
Most fungal infections are more likely to occur in people with “compromised host defense mechanisms”, meaning the body is not functioning well. Toxins from our air, food, and water supply can add up to create a malfunctioning immune system which then allows fungi in the sinuses to get a firm foothold. Avoid voluntary toxins, such as smoking, excess alcohol, recreational drugs, and spraying your home with pesticides and herbicides. There are some foods that can help you detoxify naturally.
Some people find major relief from fungal infections by eliminating mercury amalgams (silver fillings) in their mouth. Mercury amalgams are so toxic that they are banned in Sweden and Germany. In the U.S., mercury arrives at the dentist’s office in a special hazardous waste container. Once in the mouth, half of the mercury from the filling is emitted into the person’s body within the first 5 years.
For centuries, humans have known of the toxic effect of mercury on the immune and nervous systems, including the “mad hatter” syndrome described by Lewis Carroll in ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Once your mercury amalgams have been replaced with safer material by a qualified dentist, you may find it necessary to have your health care professional eliminate the remaining mercury in your body.
7) Cleanse your sinuses with saline
We wash our skin regularly in the shower or tub. We wash our clothes regularly in the washing machine. We clean our teeth with a toothbrush. The sinuses need similar attention. Thousands of years ago, Ayurvedic medicine recommended saline solutions to wash away the mold, dirt, dust, and debris from the sinuses. Remember, your sinuses are literally an inch away from the brain. Sinus problems can result in headaches or worse. Cleansing the sinuses can bring about better breathing, less snoring, relief from apnea, and more energy now that you are bringing in more oxygen to your cells.