What natural remedies can help keep sinus infections at bay?

I have painful sinus infections about twice a year. Sometimes they can take up to a week to disappear. What can I take to keep them at bay?

I understand your desire to find a solution – dealing with recurring sinus infections like this must be incredibly frustrating. It could well be that you have an underlying sensitivity to a particular food or food group, so if your symptoms worsen or improve in relation to specific foods, it’s a good idea to cut them out until you’ve fully recovered.

Recurring infections suggest the need for additional immune support and are often related to fatigue, stress, and lack of sleep. Begin taking vitamin C throughout the day in 500 mg increments.

Echinacea is excellent for reducing the severity and duration of the infection while strengthening the immune system. I usually advise using it for two weeks, then switching to another herbal remedy and alternating between the two until symptoms subside.

Some herbs to choose from include goldenrod, hyssop, thyme, and elderberry. You should include plenty of dark berries in your diet, along with horseradish, an excellent remedy for curing sinusitis and catarrh.

Rest is another crucial component of healing. While taking a break from work and other responsibilities can be difficult, it’s beneficial for long-term well-being.

During the resting phase, the body actively repairs itself and works to maintain the balance of the body’s systems.

Herbal teas and vegetable broths can help you maintain your fluid intake while taking in nutrients. If you have a juicer, this is another great way to flood your body with vitamins and minerals.

I’m going to a wedding in a few weeks, but I’m embarrassed about my acne, which started when I was 20. I tried cutting out fried foods and sugar but it made no difference.

Cutting out fried foods and sugar is a great start and worth continuing, though you may not notice a difference right away. Your digestive system plays an important role in the health and appearance of your skin, so this is a good place to start.

Switching to healthy foods may not work as quickly for some people because we need a lot of enzymes and beneficial gut flora to absorb and use the nutrients in our diets.

A good quality probiotic is a great place to start, along with a digestive enzyme supplement that includes a spectrum of enzymes.

Some foods are particularly effective when it comes to skin lightening. Seeds like pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame are rich in zinc, calcium, and fatty acids, all essential for skin repair.

Eat a couple of handfuls daily as a snack or sprinkle on salads and meals.

Low zinc levels are linked to blemishes and acne. Zinc helps in the regulation of oil production in the skin and is an essential nutrient in healing and repair.

Besides seeds, good food sources include lentils, whole grains, almonds, peanuts, walnuts, shellfish, wheat germ, legumes, tofu, bean sprouts, oatmeal, rice integral and the miso.

Aloe vera juice is a good remedy for the intestine and skin. You can take it internally for digestive comfort and apply it topically to soothe and heal. One of the best ways to get rid of blemishes is to make a paste of wheatgrass powder and pure aloe juice, apply it to the affected area and leave it on overnight.

Taking a super green powder internally is another great way to balance your skin and improve your digestive health.

Make sure your diet is rich in dark green leafy vegetables and brightly colored vegetables that contain high levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

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