Q. Dear Terry, “My husband’s snoring wakes me up almost every night. He is overweight and I’ve been encouraging him to try and lose some weight. I would love to hear your diet and botanical recommendations. Thank you! ” – Dolly B., Baton Rouge, LA
A. Dear Dolly, Over half of the adult population is affected by snoring. This can cause sleep disturbances not just for the snorer, but also for spouses. Snoring is generally caused by a narrowing of the airways while we sleep. This narrowing can be from a variety of factors, but inflammation and excess weight are often involved.
When it comes to diet, I believe it’s important to restrict all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. That means soft drinks, sweetened and diet, crackers, candy, cookies, bread, pasta, cakes, and ice cream. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information or watch my “Effective Ways to Lose Weight” webinar. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. Your husband should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
To help your husband’s 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 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.
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 highly recommend boswellia because it helps to decrease respiratory inflammation resulting from the 5-LOX pathway. When choosing a boswellia extract, I believe an extract standardized for AKBA content (acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid) is essential. This is one of boswellia’s most powerful components, which is why it is so often the focus of research. However, there is another compound in boswellia that is actually pro-inflammatory, which is called beta-boswellic acid (BBA). The boswellia extract I recommend is standardized to high levels of AKBA and virtually free of BBA.
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
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