Vitamin D to the Rescue

d1121Vitamin D is an essential immune booster so it is a must for Winter immunity.

Low levels of vitamin D have been found to lead to upper respiratory tract infections, weight gain, depression, high blood pressure, diabetes, hypothyroidism, arthritis, and cancer.

Where to find Vitamin D during those winter months:

  • Fatty Fish – salmon, trout, mackerel, tuna, and eel
  • Dairy products
  • Supplement – Cod Liver Oil
  • Fortified Cereals *
  • Oysters
  • Caviar (Black and Red)
  • Fortified Soy Products (Tofu and Soy Milk) *
  • Mushrooms
  • Fortified orange juice *
  • Beef liver
  • Ultraviolet lamps and bulbs

  • Egg yolks

When the sun does decides to shine, go out and catch some rays as the sun is a primary source of vitamin D which is produced when the body is exposed to ultraviolet B (UVB) rays from the sun. The production of vitamin D is most prevalent when sun exposure is at its highest, between 10 AM – 3 PM.

* Food fortification is the process of adding micronutrients (essential trace elements and vitamins)

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Sinus Headache

Sinus headache occurs when a sinus infection causes swelling and inflammation to the sinus membrane. This then results in a feeling of pressure and pain around the forehead, cheeks, and eyes.

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The causes of Sinus Headache

  • Persons prone to respiratory conditions such as colds or flu, hay fever etc. are likely to experience frequent sinus headache each time they suffer from such respiratory conditions.
  • Physical conditions such as surgeries on the nose may lead to persistent inflammation of the sinuses.
  • Sensitivity to environmental factors like sensitivity to dust, smoke, and pollen can trigger sinus headaches
  • Mucus build-up due to inflammation of the sinus membrane
  • Flu infection or a cold
  • Sinus infections


The symptoms of Sinus Headache

  • Pain and pressure in the cheeks, gums, forehead, head, and around the eyes area
  • Inability to taste food, combined with a cough or fever
  • Suffering a sinus infection that lasts for days and weeks and is also accompanied by sinus headaches
  • Achy feeling in the upper teeth
  • Fever and chills
  • Facial swelling
  • Nasal pressure or congestion
  • Yellow or green discharge
  • Sinus headaches that tend to get worse as you bend forward or lie down


Treating Sinus Headache

In order to treat a sinus headache, you have to know what’s causing it. Also, a major difference between a sinus headache and other headaches like migraines is that a sinus headache is not usually accompanied by vomiting or nausea. A diagnosis from a doctor may be necessary.

Homeopathic remedy have provided the most effective relief for headache caused by sinusitis or sinus infections. http://www.sinus-pro.com/sinus_headaches.asp

Nasal Mucus removal in children.

Nasal Aspirators

Adults have a variety of medication/remedy for their nasal congestion, but how should children relieve their nasal congestion? One of the most effective ways of removing children’s nasal mucous safely is to use a clear plastic tip Nasal aspirator.

The following items that are needed before removing nasal mucous from a child’s nose.

Have a tissue ready and if the baby has dry mucous you and you may also need to apply 2 or 3 drops of saline solution in each of the baby’s nostril. You can also make your own saline solution by using a half teaspoon of salt and dissolve it into one cup of boiled water, which has been left to cool.

Steps to follow when using a Nasal Aspirator:

  • Wrap the baby with a blanket or towel tightly
  • It will be safe to sit on the floor with the baby in between the legs
  • Talk to the baby in a calm voice in order to keep them from shaking their heads
  • With a smile, show the baby the nasal aspirator and explain how it’s going to help take out what is in the nose
  • Drop 2 to three drops of saline into the nostril
  • While, singing or humming squeeze the nasal aspirator bulb three times and release it and wipe with a tissue
  • Repeat these steps on the other nostrils until the nose in clean.

View our natural homeopathic treatments for sinus condition that can be used by children and adults alike.

The important things in life

A philosophy professor stood before his class with some items on the table in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, about 2 inches in diameter.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up the remaining open areas of the jar.

He then asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous “Yes.”

“Now,” said the professor, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The rocks are the important things – your family, your partner, your health, your children – things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter – like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else, the small stuff.”

“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take your partner out dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party, or fix the disposal.”

“Take care of the rocks first – the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.”

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Ref: http://academictips.org/blogs/moral-tale-the-important-things-in-life/

The side effects that may be experienced from using Conventional Nasal Sprays

Conventional nasal sprays are some of the most frequently used drugs for the treatment of common cold and sinus symptoms.  These nasal sprays are used locally by administering measured doses of medicine into the patient’s body through their nose or nasal passages (nostrils). These sprays are very effective in relieving nasal congestion and stuffiness. Different nasal sprays are also used to treat different conditions such as hayfever, sinusitis and allergies etc.

Before knowing what side effects nasal sprays can have, we must first understand how a common nasal spray works.

How it works

When a dose of medicine is sprayed into the nose, certain drugs in the spray begin to narrow the blood vessels. This constriction process helps to reduce inflammation and allows one to feel freed from stuffiness and congestion. But the draw back of these nasal sprays is that after some time the effect of the nasal spray wears down and the blood vessels expand again. Problems start from here. In order to stay sinus free one needs to use these nasal sprays again and again, with increased dosages. Repeated use of conventional nasal sprays can cause side effects.

Common side effects of using Conventional nasal sprays

The side effects of conventional nasal sprays vary from one to another depending on the drugs contained in them. Side effects range from mild to severe and it also varies from one individual to another, depending on their health condition and their usage of the nasal spray.

Here are some common side effects caused by using conventional nasal sprays:-

  • Pricking or burning sensation in the nose, which can be very painful
  • The nostrils may become extremely dry
  • An altered taste may be experienced
  • Dizziness and sleepiness are very common side effects
  • Palpitation in the arms and hands
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Prone to fungal invasion of the nose or the throat
  • Continuous coughing
  • Skin irritation may occur and it varies from mild to severe
  • Nasal blisters or ulcers also seen in some
  • Women may have very painful menstruations
  • Excessive watering of the eyes
  • Triggers some allergic reaction in the body
  • Nose bleeds

Severe side effects of conventional nasal sprays

The continuous and chronic use of conventional nasal sprays results in more severe side effects such as the examples below:

  • Increased thirstiness and urination
  • Sever skin allergy
  • Severe nasal bleeding may occur
  • Chronic Post Nasal Drip (PND) – backward flow of mucus from the sinuses to the back of the throat
  • A sensation of nausea or vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Constant painful headaches
  • Itching and swelling particularly of the face, tongue and throat
  • Continuous fits of sneezing
  • Some patients may experience a rapid and throbbing heartbeat

It is important to contact a doctor immediately if any of the above side effects are experienced when using a nasal spray.

Rebound Rhinitis/Congestion

Another common side effect of using conventional nasal sprays is a condition known as ‘rebound rhinitis or rebound congestion’. This is a condition that develops if a person is using their nasal spray for more than 3 – 5 days continuously. Besides your body becoming “addicted to” or dependent on the nasal spray, continuous use of a nasal spray can cause the mucus membranes to become excessively dry. Under normal conditions, the inside of the nose should be neither dry nor have excessive mucus. The body has a built in mechanism that combats a dry nose by telling the mucus membranes to increase its mucus production excessively. This causes a runny nose (rhinitis) or causes you to feel stuffy (congestion). The normal reaction is to use more and more of the nasal spray thereby resulting in a vicious cycle of rebound rhinitis and/or congestion.

Nasal Spray Alternatives

In order to avoid the side effects of conventional nasal sprays, there are some other alternatives that you may consider using. These alternatives are also known to treat congestion, allergies and even a blocked nose. Here are some of the options:

  • Homeopathic treatment and medicines (in tablets and nasal sprays)
  • Steam inhalation
  • Saline nasal drops
  • Certain herbal remedies
  • Essential oils like Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Lavender
  • Nasal irrigation (netti pot)

Always use these alternative medicines exactly as prescribed. Always consult with your doctor before attempting to use any medicines, alternative or otherwise especially if you have other chronic health conditions.

Nasal Growth for Life

Ever heard your nose grows throughout life… imagine if this statement were actually true!

nose11Our noses do not grow every year up until we gracefully expire but rather gravity takes a hold of our noses, dragging them downwards. This means that our noses do not grow but may seem larger due to gravities endless pull on them.

As we age, the collagen and elastin in our skin begins to deteriorate resulting in a loss of skin tone and strength. With a decrease in elasticity, our noses are pulled down and less able to withstand the pull of gravity.

With this said, how does gravity affect the normal flow of nasal mucus? If gravity pulls the nose downwards, this may have an effect on the ostia or exit ways for nasal mucus to drain, decreasing the diameter and size of these essential holes. Less drainage means more mucus accumulation and stagnation and the start of sinusitis.

Try Sinus-Pro’s all natural General Sinusitis Remedy for effective relief from the niggling symptoms of acute sinusitis; from a runny nose, congestion, sinus aches and pains, the Sinus-Pro General Sinusitis Remedy targets them all giving you effective and much-needed relief thereby preventing acute sinusitis from developing into a more chronic condition.