When you get a sinus infection, do you run to the doctor for an antibiotic?
I used to…before healthy-minded Kim was born.
Now I know how to get rid of sinus problems myself, AND I know what things help them to develop.
Sinus infections are almost always fungal in nature, not bacterial, so an antibiotic won’t do anything to help it. In fact, it’ll make it worse since antibiotics help the fungus to grow…
Since 80% of your immune system is in your gut, it stands to reason that a healthier diet will boost your immune system. The Phase 1 diet is excellent to get rid of the bad stuff in your gut and improve immune function. So when I feel a tickle in my nose (or throat), I cut out the sugar and grains ASAP! (Chances are, the reason my sinus issue is flaring up is BECAUSE I’ve fallen off my diet wagon…eating sugar, etc. and my body is rebelling.)
The list below helps me alleviate symptoms, but if you are prone to these infection, you probably will want to address the root cause (fungus!):
- I drink LOTS of liquid–water, white or green tea (the only teas allowed on the Phase 1 diet) and chicken broth. (When you get dehydrated, the mucus gets super thick which makes sinuses feel really clogged.)
- I put 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in 8 oz of water and drink the concoction quickly–another way to thin the mucus and ACV is antifungal. And if I need more relief, I’ll put about 1/4 cup of ACV in a big water bottle (16oz) and drink throughout the day.
- Use a hot compress on your sinuses (I wet a washcloth with the hottest water I can tolerate and place above and below my eyes to try to break up the mucus.)
- I take a good antifungal supplement several times a day–oil of oregano, olive leaf extract, etc.
- I go to sleep early. Everyone knows that sleep is restorative…I try going up an hour earlier than usual.
- The BEST nose spray I’ve found is made by Seagate. Since it’s made with antifungal ingredients, it is super potent. My husband and I use is, as do both my kids, especially in the winter months. [And no, I'm not getting paid to endorse Seagate...I just love their products!]
So those are some things I find helpful if my sinuses get all crazy. I can usually get things back to normal within 24-48 hours…
I hope that some of these help you too!
What do you do when you feel a sinus infection coming on? Are you someone who runs to the doctor or tries something at home?