February 11, 2014

How to control Sinusitis

Sinusitis refers to an inflammation of the mucous membrane lining the paranasal sinuses. 

  • Blockage of one or both nostrils 
  • Running nose
  • Constant sneezing
  • Headaches in the forehead and in the face just below the eyes
  • Fever
  • Lack of Appetite
  • Toothache Dietary 
Correcting the faulty diet is of utmost importance in the treatment of sinusitis. Patients should take balanced diet. Most persons with sinus trouble also suffer from acidity. Acidity can be regulated by making your diet more alkaline. The intake of salt should be reduced to the minimum as salt leads to accumulation of water in the tissues and expels calcium from the body. 
If sinusitis is quite acute, stick to fresh fruit and vegetable juices diluted with water. After the acute symptoms are over, the patient should focus on a well-balanced diet of three basic food groups – seeds, nuts and grains, vegetables and fruits. 

Foods to avoid: 

Cold Drinks (Why are Cold drinks bad), Alcohol, chocolate, white sugar, white flour, rice, cakes, candies and yeast. Avoid strong spices, and deep fried foods. Too much dairy food, butter and ghee should be avoided as well. These foods either promote mucus production or promote inflammation. Both of these are bad for your sinuses. 

Foods to have: 
As a rule of thumb, you should have a lot of water, plenty of sleep, fresh air, foods high in Vitamin A, yellow and orange vegetables (e.g. Carrots). Use Honey for sweeteners 
  • Fish Oil
  • Peanuts
  • Grapes
  • Chicken Soup
  • Cayenne Peppers
  • Grapefruit Seed Extract
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Oregano Oil
  • Honey
Vitamin A is the "membrane conditioner" and it helps build healthy mucus membranes in the head and throat. Some of the valuable sources of this vitamin are whole milk, curds, egg yolk, pumpkin, carrot, leafy vegetables, tomato, mango and papaya. For more details, visit our “Vitamin A” page. 

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