Hey, I understand. You just can’t help that Aunt Martha uses evaporated milk for her pumpkin pie and canned gravy for the turkey. I get it!
When your eating/sleeping schedule gets mangled due to travel plans, sinus problems – pain, congestion, or worse, a sinus infection can quickly crop up and cause discomfort and misery especially if flying is part of the itinerary.
Here’s a very easy way to prevent sinus problems to keep you breathing freely and clear during these times of stress and off the wagon eating.
Prevent Sinus Problems with this Easy Tip
Most folks don’t realize that beneficial flora, also known as good bacteria, seek to dominate and protect every tissue of your body, not just your gut! There are plenty of beneficial bacteria in your mouth, throat, nasal passages and ears too.
When you get a sinus infection, the balance of good bacteria to bad (pathogenic) bacteria – including candida – becomes imbalanced with the baddies taking over with lots of mucus and possibly even an infection the result.
To prevent this from happening, after brushing/flossing your teeth at night before you go to bed, empty a probiotic capsule into your mouth, swish it around in your mouth, and swallow. It is very important to not drink anything – even water – after you do this.
Enough probiotic residue will be left in your mouth after swallowing and these good little critters will migrate while you sleep all through your nasal passages, guarding the roost and helping to make sure no pathogens have an opportunity to take over and start plugging up the works.
This tip is recommended by Dr. Natasha Campbell-Mcbride MD in her groundbreaking GAPS book.
Where to Get Therapeutic Grade Probiotics for Sinus Problems
Be aware that not all probiotics are of the same quality and hence will not have equal effectiveness in preventing sinus problems. If a probiotic needs refrigeration, for example, don’t buy it. Probiotic cultures should be hardy enough to be shelf stable with no refrigeration necessary. Think about it. If a probiotic can’t survive at room temperature, how in the world will it survive the digestive process to make it into the large intestine intact to help rebalance bacterial populations?
A wide variety of strains should also be contained in a quality probiotic.
To locate a quality and therapeutic strength probiotic that will actually work for you, check my healthy shopping guide, which links to sources for the therapeutic strength probiotic I have personally used for years and have found very effective. I am constantly trying new brands and keeping this list very much up to date.
Already Have a Sinus Infection?
If you already have a sinus infection and need help, consider this idea.
Use a ceramic neti pot (I like this one) plus your probiotic of choice to help heal a sinus infection fast with no antibiotics. The key is harnessing beneficial microbes to beat back the pathogens (viruses, bacteria, fungi like C. albicans) and re-establish balance in the sinus tissue as quickly as possible. Note that some strains of probiotics thrive better in the ear, nose, and throat tissues than others. As a result, it is best to use oral probiotics for this purpose, although any probiotic will certainly be helpful for healing.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
Sources and More Information
Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia, by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD
The Healthy Home Economist holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Mother to 3 healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, ABC, NBC, and many others.