Are you ready for some relief from allergies, and sinus problems?
I don’t know if I just heard a thunder clap or a chorus of Amens! No matter, I know several friends, family members and clients that suffer with allergies and sinus problems. And this time of year, with Spring starting to kick in, the wind blowing and rains opening up the plants….. hello Allergies!
Spring ushers in those nice days but that used to mean for me anything but nice. Sneezing, runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, then congestion, headache, sinus pressure, miserable days.
I use to be a Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter allergy sufferer. And most of those seasons, I was also struggling with sinus congestion. However, allergies are a rare visitor with me now.
What changed for me?
I learned that everything is connected with our body and brain and I now focus on keeping that connection running smooth.
How do I keep the body, brain connection happy?
1. Very simply, I understand that your body views food as fuel or poison. Food that contains nutritional value is viewed as a foreign toxin. Just like bacon grease can clog up your drain at home, food that we eat can do the same thing to our body. If your eating style has leaned toward processed packaged foods, fast foods, soda and sweets, you are clogging up the drain, putting your immune system on overload and putting a lot of pressure on your gut and digestive system. Read more on Clean eating. This in turn can interrupt the smooth cycle of connectedness that your body needs for optimal performance. Which brings me to how this relates to your allergies and sinuses. A healthy digestive system, and a strong immune system is needed to fight off the bacteria, and foreign toxins. When these two are sick, weak or just on overload, the connection breaks down and the toxins are free to attack and cause problems throughout your body. Hello allergies and bacteria build up with your sinuses. This bacteria travels back into your blood stream and gut and the viscous cycle continues. So, what is a person to do?
Eat more non allergenic/inflammatory foods to keep your gut happy! And let me say this, “if Your Gut is not Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy!” More on this next week.
2. Try Oil Pulling to clear out the toxins before they get into the bloodstream and gut. There has been a lot written lately about the health benefits of Oil Pulling with Oral Health. But what does that have to do with my allergies and sinuses, you ask?
Well if you remember from this post, Oil Pulling is an ancient Ayurveda Medicine practice of detoxing, that basically pulls the toxins out of your body. And your mouth has millions of bacteria organisms just waiting to go somewhere in your body and pick a fight. Your immune system and antioxidant system is constantly battling this bacteria along with the other toxins in your body. Oil Pulling can be a super detox strategy you can use everyday to aid your immune system.
So how can a simple method similar to swishing around with a mouthwash clear my sinus drainage and possibly give me allergy relief? Many sinus suffers first have allergy symptoms and the bacteria starts to build up in their sinuses. Mucous drainage is one of your body’s methods of detoxing to remove toxins.
Oil Pulling removes toxins in the mouth, gums and in the lymph. By swishing and swirling, and moving your jaw, you are creating a lymphatic circulation around your sinuses. This may be the reason why many have had great results with clearing and draining of the sinuses from oil pulling. Some report relief as early as the first few times, and others may require a few weeks. By stimulating this lymphatic circulation, your are helping with the drainage and preventing that bacteria build up for the future.
Directions for Oil Pulling:
(I recommend coconut oil over other oil’s because of it’s amazing healing, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory properties and it has a more pleasant subtle flavor.)
One of the brands I use, you can get here at a much better price than at the store.
1. Before eating or 3-4 hours after eating, Melt a tablespoon of coconut oil and put it in your mouth.
2. Start swishing it back and forth, similar to a mouth wash without gargling, Do this for 20 minutes. Swish and swirl around your teeth, gums, and mouth. If you do this while doing another activity, the time can go by pretty fast and you aren’t focusing on the swishing. For example, I can just start checking my email or FaceBook and 20 minutes is gone in no time. I also read where someone does this in the shower, which I thought was another good idea and a great way to multi-task.
3. Spit out the oil in your trash. You are spitting out a lot of bacteria, and mucous, therefore, I wouldn’t recommend spitting it out in your sink. (The clear liquid has now turned into a milky white liquid).
4. Rinse twice with warm water. I brush my teeth afterwards also.
You can repeat this 2-3 times a day, it’s not going to hurt, but will only help.
As Dr. Bruce Fife states from the Coconut Research Center, “People are amazed, when I tell them I tell them that oil pulling can help those with asthma, allergies, chronic fatigue, diabetes, migraine headaches, PMS, and chronic skin problems.”
Here’s to your health! I would love to hear how oil pulling is working for you! Please share your experiences!
Blessings to you this Easter Season!
(c)2013 by Malialani