Tired of swallowing pills and using nasal sprays with no end in sight? I can relate, I used to be there myself. Four years ago my sinus struggles ended when I became liberated from all sinus disorders. I will share with you some of the simple things I did which brought permanent relief, not for me only, but for others also who were willing to go unconventional. Here are some of the things we did that proved to be effective to reduce excessive mucus significantly or totally eliminate it:
The mucus function
But first a word about our need of mucus. A normal amount of it-one to two pints a day-must move through the sinus and nasal cavities and passages every day–to keep our breathing apparatus functioning healthily. This explains why the main function of the membranes lining those areas is to produce mucus. They protect our breathing organs from pollens, dust, germs, foreign particles, etc.; and also explains why a constant flow of clear, watery mucus–not green or yellow mucus–is normal and vital to sinus health. How, then, do we keep our “good sinus mucus” from becoming excessive? Here are some proven tips:
Probably most excessive mucus is the result of allergic irritation caused by the environment and exacerbated by some of the foods we eat. Yet, unknown to many, house dust is the invisible culprit behind much allergic reaction suffering, and which sets off the production of histamine–the clear, watery mucus so common during allergy season or year-round if you are allergic to house dust. Try this experiment: place your nose close to the carpet or overstuffed furniture and inhale deeply. If you are allergic to the dust you will know it within seconds: itchy eyes, coughing, difficulty breathing, sneezing, etc. If this should happen and based on the intensity of the reaction and its frequency, you may have to decide whether to try a regular antihistamine, or seek professional help. Sometimes household pets’ dander in the house dust is the element causing the problem and can be isolated and dealt with.
Foods to avoid
Dairy products and sugar will, in most cases, exacerbate allergic reactions and the excessive mucus issue. I know people who eliminated these two items from their diet for four to five days, and the results were so convincing that they substantially reduced the use of these two foods on a permanent basis. In fact, excessive mucus is no longer an issue at all for them.
Green and yellow mucus
These colored mucus, although very common in some circumstances, are indicative of health issues that need our attention. They are often telling us that there is an infection in various states of progress being fought by our immune system. One way to make them more tolerable is to drink 5-6 glasses of water a day; to help their passage through the breathing apparatus and to help the immune system do its job. Abstaining from mucus producing foods like sugar and dairy products, as already mentioned, will also help lessen their annoyance. These two mucus should not, as much as possible, be swallowed. One OTC remedy that helps to loosen it so it can be expelled is guaifenesin. Why not try some of these suggestions? The risks involved are minimal while the potential results can be greatly rewarding.