Sunday, May 10, 2009

Allergies + Sinus Pain... Why and How to Fix- Naturally!

Yesterday, I had a terrible sinus spell. It has been a LONG time since I experienced that much debilitating and uncomfortable pain. For those of you who have sinus and allergies know too well what I am talking about.

Many people and doctors will have you popping antibiotics and typical allergy medicines or drugs- which basically just mask the symptoms, but we're all about getting to the problem and fixing it. :) The main reason people have allergies, sinus pain and pressure is due to an over wrought liver. I got myself back on track in one day by doing the following 6 things...

1. Sinus Rinse: I use NeilMed Sinus Rinse on occasion and that day I did once in the morning and in the evening. It is basically using warm saline water to rinse out the nasal passages. A Warning- DO NOT use just warm water- I did this once and it burned soooo badly! You need the saline packets.

2. Took 4 capsules of NAC from Pure Encapsulations.
* N-Acetyl-l-Cysteine (NAC) is a derivative of the dietary amino acid l-cysteine. NAC has a high affinity for lung tissue, which it supports through mucolytic and antioxidant action. By disrupting disulfide bonds, NAC thins mucus. It is a powerful free radical scavenger and thus supports the body's natural defense system. NAC supports tissue levels of glutathione, a key component of the antioxidant defense system. It also has the ability to help chelate heavy metals.

NAC provides powerful nutritional support to cells as an antioxidant and specifically supports healthy lung functioning through its mucolytic capability.

3. Took more LivCo by Standard Process (I already take 2 LivCo per day everyday and I took 5). LivCo is a combination of herbs (see below) which help to strengthen and tone the liver.
The combination of Schisandra, Rosemary and Milk Thistle provide a range of compounds including dibenzocyclooctene lignans, phenolic diterpenes (including carnosol and rosmarinic acid), other terpenes, flavonoids and flavanolignans (collectively known as silybin or silymarin). The Milk Thistle component of this tablet is standardized to contain 24 mg per tablet of flavanolignans to ensure optimal strength and quality. LivCo can help to:
  • aid in the elimination of toxins and cleanse the liver
  • support healthy liver function and tissue integrity
  • protect liver tissue by supporting normal cellular defenses
  • provide antioxidant protection
  • support and maintain cellular health
  • stimulate the biosynthesis of protein and liver glycogen
  • support digestive health
  • ease the effects of everyday tension and stress
4. Enjoyed hot tea made from spring water with fresh lemon, ginger, mint and a little honey (this is my favorite tea- I drink it all the time usually without the lemon).

5. Ate very little and what I did eat was fresh fruit and greens. It's best during these times to eat light. Stay away from dairy (mucus forming) and heavy foods. Your body needs more energy to heal, and eating a heavy meal will dilute your energy to digesting foods rather than to getting better.

6. Sleep. I slept allot that day. Mostly because I was in pain (head and face felt like it was going to explode from the pressure and I had a slight fever not to mention a headache and neck pain), and that is all I could really do.
The good news is the next day I awoke and was 100% better. :)

Some other ideas that might be helpful... take a hot bath, use Tiger Balm on your neck or where you might have muscle pain, ice packs and heat packs for your face, and of course some green juice (kale, cucumber, lemon, apple, ginger).

Be kind to your liver and your body and it will take care of you.

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