Each year I suffer through multiple sinus infections.
Q. Dear Terry, “Each year I suffer through multiple sinus infections. Do you have any suggestions that might help? Thank you.” — Eula J., Melbourne, FL
A. Dear Eula, I would first recommend taking a look at your diet. In general, you would do better with more proteins and fats, and less carbohydrates and sugar in your diet. Dietary restrictions would also include avoiding all dairy (with the exception of eggs and butter), wheat, barley, and rye. While I understand this takes a huge effort on your part, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
In addition to modifying your diet, there are some natural ingredients that you may want to consider.
When it comes to your sinuses, I would first recommend trying eucalyptus and myrtle oils. Eucalyptus oil helps decongest the sinuses, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and has been traditionally used to treat runny nose, cough, and sore throat. Myrtle essential oil has been well-studied and sold in Europe for more than 75 years. These are two oils that I strongly value for natural treatment of sinusitis and sinus infection. I suggest taking 160-320 mg total of these two oils up to three times daily.
When choosing a formula, make sure to choose concentrated plant oils that are approved for internal use. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits.
I think you should also consider adding nutrients such as elderberry (Sambucus nigra), vitamins A, C and D, along with calcium, magnesium, zinc, and bioflavonoids, to your daily regimen to help keep your immune system strong throughout the year. All of these ingredients have antiviral, antibacterial, or immune-supportive properties.
Terry . . . Naturally