I have a difficult case of snoring.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have a difficult case of snoring. I am young and in shape, and I snore with my mouth closed. I have been to an ENT and they found no obstruction of the nasal passages. However, I did have enlarged adenoids when I was ill and I’m not sure if it’s ongoing or temporary. I suffer from post nasal drip frequently and have cut out dairy and minimized sugar and bread intake. I am not sure what to do about it, do you have any suggestions?” — I.D., Boca Raton, FL
A. Dear I.D., Over half of the adult population is affected by snoring, and this can cause sleep disturbances which can be very troublesome.
Snoring is generally caused by a narrowing of the airways while we sleep. This narrowing can be from a variety of factors, but inflammation is often involved.
To help decrease inflammation through your diet, I would personally avoid all grains, especially wheat, rye and barley. I would also continue to stay dairy-free, with the exception of grass-fed butter or ghee.
To help your sinuses eliminate excess mucus, which can cause snoring, I recommend a combination of plant oils from eucalyptus and myrtle. Eucalyptus is one of the most well-known plant oils for clearing the sinuses. The essential oil of eucalyptus contains compounds like 1,8 cineole and limonene that have strong, anti-inflammatory abilities. This concentrated plant oil helps to thin mucus so it can drain more easily. Myrtle is also a great anti-inflammatory and mucus eliminator. Myrtle helps stimulate the tiny, fluttering projections in our sinus cavities, called cilia, which help move mucus along more quickly. I would take these ingredients three times per day.
I highly recommend boswellia because it is an amazing anti-inflammatory for the respiratory system. Boswellia is very useful for asthma, which is another condition that narrows the airways, so it has some similarities to snoring. The boswellia you choose should be standardized to contain 70% total organic and boswellic acids with 10% AKBA. Be certain that it contains less than 5% of the undesirable beta-boswellic acids. This is the right ratio for a strong – yet natural – boswellia extract. I would take 500 mg twice per day.
The last two ingredients I recommend are thyme and climbing ivy. They are both great at thinning or dissolving mucus and opening up the air passageways so you can breathe easier. Thyme is also a great antispasmodic, meaning it reduces muscle spasms that can trigger snoring. I would take these ingredients three times per day.
Terry . . . Naturally