Do you suffer from a constant stuffy nose or a cough that manages to keep you up every night? If this sounds like you, then you may have inflammed sinuses, also known as chronic sinusitis. You’re not alone, 32 million people also have suffer from this persistent infection, and like you I’m sure they can’t seem to figure out where it’s coming from.
Chronic sinusitis can be recognized is you feel constant pain in the forehead, upper jaw, teeth, around your cheeks, eyes, or nose. It also comes with postnasal drip, bad breath, fatigue and irritability, dizziness, and unprecedented nausea.
Antibiotics are commonly prescribed for sinus infection, but they can be the source of your chronic pain. The reason for this is that inflammed sinuses are the cause of biofilms, clumps of pathogens implicated in 80 percent of infections, and oral antibiotics are ineffective against them.
One of the most notorious and difficult to cure fungal biofilm in the body is Candida albicans. It produces a slimy coating that is difficult to penetrate. Because antibiotics can’t distinguish between good and bad bacteria in the body, it can create an environment where Candida yeast (which occurs naturally in the body) can get out of control causing harm.
Antibiotics have also been known to disrupt your body’s natural pH balance. Without proper acidity balance, your immunity is compromised, allowing things like yeasts and harmful bacteria to multiply. In fact, 1 in 3 American women have symptoms of candidiasis, or chronic yeast infection.
Along with nasal congestion and sinus pain, candidiasis also causes fatigue, indigestion, acne and skin rashes, sore and bleeding gums, thrush (white patches in the mouth or throat), and urinary or vaginal problems. Candida yeast overgrowth is common in women who use antibiotics or who have been on estrogen, have had children, and/or consume a high sugar diet.
Tips on Relieving Constant Congestion
Step 1: Control Your Yeast
To destroy the yeast that is the underlying cause of chronic sinusitis, it is important to eat more protein (organic beans, free range meat, wild fish, etc.), as well as healthy fats and vegetables. Cut unhealthy sugars and high-glycemic carbs, especially grains with yeast or molds.
Fungi produce over 300 kinds of dangerous mycotoxins in foods. Grains pose the most serious risk for fungal contamination, so people with yeast infections or suspect they have one should dramatically reduce their wheat consumption and avoid harmful corn and peanuts altogether.
New research from South Korea has found that pumpkin skins contain a potent antifungal protein that fights yeast infections, including candida. The protein, known as Pr-2, also blocks fungi that attacks the plant crops.
Caprylic acid, which is found in coconut oil, is an effective antifungal for the digestive tract. It works just as well as conventional medicine in controlling yeast overgrowth, without damaging any organs, particularly your liver as the drug nystatin has been known to do. Olive leaf extract is also effective as it is a potent antimicrobial.
It’s also important to take care of our digestive tract by ensuring we take the proper amount of probiotics and prebiotics.
Step 2: Clear Out Your Sinuses
Salt is much more effective than antibiotics, and can prevent sinus problems before they even happen! Combine ½ a teaspoon of ground pink Himalayan salt and ½ teaspoon of baking soda in a cup of lukewarm water. Apply this mixture with a sterile eye dropper or by using a neti pot.
Aromatherapy oils are also very effective, especially those with antifungal properties. Use either eucalyptus, oregano, tea tree, or thyme in a room diffuser or add a few drops to your bath – the steam will help clear out your sinuses.
Keeping these two steps in mind, you’ll never have to deal with the pain and discomfort of stuffed up sinuses again!