It is the time to toss the tissue for good and focus on solving your stubborn sinus problems. You are not alone if you’re like nearly 30 million other people who find themselves, suffering from chronic sinus issues. Sinus trouble and allergies combined have been the number one constant health complaint for more than two decades.

The first thing I would like to make clear is sinusitis, which means inflammation of the sinus cavities, is generally a viral and not a bacterial condition. The trouble begins with inflammation and not an infection. Sadly, this constant inflammation can make you more prone to sickness. The best time to correct this problem is when they are inflamed and not infected. Most medical treatments involve antibiotics, and this solution will only work on bacterial infections. Another common fix is with antihistamines. They can provide symptomatic relief, but do nothing to cure the condition. By using such over-the-counter products, you are just masking the symptom.

As odd as it sounds sinus problems usually begins in the gut with poor digestion. Your body works in symbiotic relationships, and there’s a strong marriage between the health of the mucous membranes of the gastrointestinal system and the health of the respiratory system. You often can’t fix one without the other; to help your sinuses you must start healing your intestines. Many troubles are linked to a poor diet that leads directly to having lousy digestive health.

Sinuses, lungs, and the gastrointestinal tract are part of your body’s innate immune system, and they each contain mucus membranes that are the protective barrier against disease. These membranes secrete a thin fluid called mucus, which is composed primarily of water with a protein matrix. This hardworking mucus protects these membranes and allows them to flush away particulate matter like dust, smoke, pollen, as well as microbes. The membranes of the sinuses and lungs are coated with tiny hair-like fibers called cilia. The cilia are continually sweeping this mucus and substances it has trapped to the throat where it can be swallowed and eliminated. When you are down with a cold or viral infection, mucus production increases to flush these irritants out of your system. The result can be a runny nose, sneezing, post-nasal drip, and/or coughing.

A lot of folks equate their sinus problems to infection or allergic reaction to seasonal pollen. But, there is much more that can inflame your sinus cavities, such as air pollution and even certain foods. You may have noticed that if you eat something that doesn’t agree with you, your sinuses may start to run soon after. Watch out for the biggest troublemakers, like dairy products, gluten, sugar, and alcohol. I personally notice, after consuming wine with my evening meal, I wake up with a lot of phlegm in my throat, the following morning. It reminds me often of a smoker, who begins the day coughing.

As with so many other things with your wellbeing, it is never too late to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. It is also crucial to have plenty of fiber in your diet. Your motto should always be the better your diet, the better your health.

I highly recommend adding digestive enzymes to your dietary routine. Most of the foods Americans eat today are void of any proteins that assist in digestion. Raw fruits and vegetables are loaded with enzymes plus many nutrients, making them a healthy choice. Digestive enzymes will help you digest and break down food particles, assimilate the nutrients from your meal, and finally assist with eliminating what you have eaten. And you don’t need to have food allergies to have digestive concerns!

Often times sinus problems can bring along shoulder and neck tightness. I personally find this very typical. Most people will blame this on stress or sleeping wrong, which it could very well be, but I see a solid connection with sinus issues and shoulder and neck pain. This build-up of fluid, in a sense, gets stuck in this particular region. I suggest rubbing Castro oil on the painful areas. It helps the fluid drain and naturally be eliminated from your body. Castro oil as works well with belly aches. Directly, apply on the tummy, and it will help ease the soreness.

There are several other herbs and herbal combinations that work tremendously well with viral related sinus inflammation. Please schedule a personal consultation, and I can help find a solution to your health challenge. You will find all the information you need on CatmarHealing.com.

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