Sinusitis, an inflammation of the nasal sinuses, is a common issue that affects over 37 million Americans. This chronic issue can seriously lower the quality of life, and it is often treated with antibiotics, but they fail to provide long-term effects.
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology reports that sinusitis is one of the most expensive disorders in the United States, and also indicates that we still do not address the root of the issue, since its prevalence is on the rise.
This infection can be acute or chronic, and these are the most common symptoms:
- Facial pain or swelling
- Runny nose
- Nasal congestion
- Thick, colored nasal drainage
- Head congestion
- Post-nasal drip
- Reduced sense of smell and taste
Research has shown that chronic sinusitis is actually a result of an immune disorder caused by fungus.
In 1999, researchers found fungal organisms present in the mucus of 96 percent of patients who had surgery for chronic sinusitis, and inflammatory cells clumped around the fungi, indicating that it is actually an immune disorder caused by fungus.
Since there are fungus and mold spores in the air all the time, we inhale them, and they remain in the mucus lining of the sinuses.
Those who are more susceptible to chronic sinusitis will experience an immune response to the fungi, and this will lead to sinusitis symptoms. Moreover, researchers also found that the inflammation and nasal swelling were reduced by the use of a fungicide.
Therefore, antifungals will definitely be much more effective than antibiotics in the treatment of sinusitis. Yet, you can also reduce the symptoms naturally, by making your body a bad environment for fungus to thrive.
Here is how:
Avoid Eating Sugar or Grains
Fungus feeds on sugar and grains, so try to completely avoid them or limit their intake.
Coconut oil is high in lauric acid, which has powerful antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties, so you should start consuming it daily.
Fish or Cod Liver Oil
These are rich in omega-3 fats, DHA and EPA, which boost immunity and treat the symptoms of sinus infections. They also improve general health, and support the function of the brain, and lower the risk of cancer and Alzheimer’s.
Clear Your Sinuses Without Medication
To clear the congested sinuses, you should try washing the nasal cavities with a saline solution, made of salt and room temperature purified water. Moreover, the inhalation of essential oils is also very helpful.
Avoid Mycotoxic Foods
You need to avoid foods contaminated with mycotoxins (fungal toxins).
Physical activity expands the sinuses and stimulates air circulation, which cleanses mucus as it moves through the sinuses, and eliminates particles that aggravate the irritation.
Researchers have found that humming increases the amount of air exhaled from the nose and helps the exchange of air from sinuses into nasal passages, which reduces the risk of sinus infections.