Sometimes my sinus pressure gives me really bad headaches.
Q. Dear Terry, “Sometimes my sinus pressure gives me really bad headaches. I just stopped eating gluten and dairy, so I’m hoping that will help. Any other thoughts?” — Nadia K., Anchorage, AK
A. Dear Nadia, I think diet is incredibly important for improving overall health, including sinus issues. It sounds like you have made some great improvements in your diet. I would also suggest removing excess sugar and simple carbohydrates from your diet. For more information, you can review my diet here or watch my webinar. For additional information, I also recommend visiting 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 a 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 these two oils up to three times daily.
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.
To address the headaches, I think enhanced absorption curcumin, DLPA, and vitamin B6 (in the human form, pyridoxal-5-phosphate) can be incredibly useful. Additionally, magnesium and boswellia have both been shown in clinical studies to reduce the intensity and frequency of headaches. I would take these ingredients once or twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally