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My sinuses are so congested and I’m afraid I will get a sinus infection.

Q. Dear Terry, “My sinuses are so congested and I’m afraid I will get a sinus infection. I’ve had sinus infections in the past and sometimes I can’t even leave the house because the coughing and congestion are so bad. What do you suggest?” — Maria R., San Diego, CA

A. Dear Maria, 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 grass-fed butter, cream, and eggs), wheat, barley, and rye. While I understand this takes a huge effort on your part, it can make a real difference in your overall health. Click on my healthy diet plan or healthy fats webinar 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 think eucalyptus and myrtle oils are very powerful natural medicines. 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 like elderberry (Sambucus nigra), vitamins A, C, and D, along with calcium, magnesium, zinc, and bioflavonoids, to your daily regiment to help keep your immune system strong throughout the year. Together, these ingredients have antiviral, antibacterial, and immune-supportive properties.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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