Do you have sore, aching cheekbones? Regular headaches or a blocked nose? You could have sinusitis! Your sinuses are small cavities in your skull, behind your eyes, nose and forehead. These can become inflamed or infected, causing a great deal of pain and discomfort. Taking painkillers regularly may seem like the only option when you have a sinus headache, but there are natural remedies that will help to keep your sinuses healthy.

Here are 6 tips to beat sinusitis

1. Steam inhalation
Inhaling steam with a little tea tree oil in it may ease sinus congestion.  You don’t need a fancy steam inhaler. Simply fill a large bowl with water from your kettle - place a towel over your head and take deep breaths in for ten minutes or so.  Be careful not to burn your eyes with combination of heat off the steam and oil constituents.

2. Elimination diet
Certain foods may aggravate your immune system, triggering it to produce excess mucus. The most common triggers are gluten, wheat, dairy products, eggs and soy. You may wish to try eliminating those foods from your diet for a month to see if you feel any different. Some people have more food sensitivities and may have to restrict their diet further for a little while. If the above suggestion hasn’t helped you, eating just meat and green vegetables for a month may offer you relief. You can then reintroduce foods to figure out what may be triggering your sinusitis. People who are low in vitamin D are more likely to develop food allergy or intolerance, so make sure you are not lacking this important vitamin.

3. Bad gut bugs may be to blame
Sometimes chronic inflammation in your gut can be causing inflammation of your sinuses. Having an overgrowth of the wrong bacteria in your gut can inflame your gut lining and the problem can persist despite improvements you’ve made to your diet. Herbal remedies can be extremely effective for killing bad bacteria, yeast and Candida. Bacto Clear capsules contain essential oils and berberine which has powerful antimicrobial effects.

4. Allergies to airborne substances may be triggering sinusitis
Your immune system may have become sensitized to normally harmless substances like pollen, grass, dust mites or animals. Minimizing your exposure to these allergens can be challenging. Improving your gut health and healing leaky gut by following the strategies in the second point should reduce airborne allergies, but it takes a long time. Allergy Relief tablets contain herbs and nutrients that provide symptomatic relief of mucus and congestion and a runny nose.

5. Saline flushes
Flushing your nasal passages with a warm saline solution can help relieve sinus congestion and prevent sinus infections. Do this two to four times a day if you have an active infection. You can use a Neti pot, a traditional, Indian nasal-irrigation device that lets you pour the water into your nose. Or simply dissolve a ¼ teaspoon of salt in one cup of warm water and pour some of the solution into your cupped hand and inhale it through one nostril while a finger from your opposite hand compresses and blocks the other nostril. Alternatively, you can sniff the solution from a small cup or squirt it into your nostrils with a rubber-bulb syringe. The idea is to inhale enough water to spit it out through your mouth.

6. It might be time to break up with sugar
Eating sugar changes the microbial composition of your gut and mucous membranes in a negative way. It encourages the growth of harmful gut bacteria like Streptococcus, Clostridium and Klebsiella. It also encourages yeast overgrowth in the body. Your immune system will be forced to deal with these bad bugs and this creates high levels of inflammation in your body. Mucus production increases and you are more susceptible to sinus infections. Quitting or cutting down on sugar can be tough because cravings can become unbearable. Getting adequate sleep and drinking plenty of water can help. The ingredients in Glicemic Balance capsules help to prevent your blood sugar from getting too low, therefore reducing the risk of sugar and carbohydrate cravings.

The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.