As hospitals and health systems near capacity with admissions of patients with coronavirus or upper respiratory concerns, local residents are faced with the reality of exposure with allergy and sinus season already here. Allergy and sinus issues can result in sinus pressure, migraines, sneezing, wheezing and mucus build-up. Nearly 30 million Americans are living with an advanced diagnosis called sinusitis, and the number of ER visits with sinusitis as the primary diagnosis is nearly 250,000, according to the CDC.
The reality is that people are more cautious about going to a local hospital or health clinic for any moderate or serious allergy or sinus-related issues, because they don’t want to be admitted and quarantined away from their family if they do test positive for coronavirus.
There are several coronaviruses, in addition to the novel coronavirus, which range impact from mild to severe, as is being seen with COVID-19. To add to that, if someone is older or already has a compromised immune system, they tend to be more susceptible to a more severe reaction with a coronavirus infection. All metro Detroit residents should engage in self-care, immune-boosting activities to add an extra layer of precaution, in addition to social distancing.
Sinus and allergy season is here. We need to take additional steps to protect ourselves, so we can protect our family, friends and the public-at-large. Try to avoid foods that can make allergy and sinus issues worse, which include dairy, processed sugar and overconsumption of red meat and pork. Make it a point to incorporate more fruits and vegetables, supplements and prevention activities into your regular routine.
- Antioxidants, or cell protectors, help to shield our cells from oxidative stress, when cell debris attack and compromise our cells. Examples of foods high in antioxidants include artichokes, goji berries, raspberries, red cabbage, beets and spinach.
- Bioflavonoids enhance the action of vitamin C, to support blood circulation, as an antioxidant, and to address allergies, viruses, or arthritis and other inflammatory conditions.
- You can find bioflavonoids in the pulp and white core that runs through the center of citrus fruits, green peppers, lemons, limes, oranges, cherries, and grapes. Quercetin is a highly concentrated form of bioflavonoids found in broccoli, citrus fruits, and red and yellow onions.
- Proteolytic enzymes help to regulate the inflammatory response inside of the body. Common proteolytic enzymes are bromelain and papain, which are found in pineapple and papaya, respectively.
- Sea Moss is a source of potassium chloride, a nutrient which helps to dissolve catarrhs (inflammation and phlegm in the mucous membranes), which cause congestion. It also contains compounds which act as natural antimicrobial and antiviral agents, helping to get rid of infections.
- Essential oils that are helpful include thyme, oregano, sage, tea tree, peppermint, cinnamon, lemon. When most people hear essential oils they think diffusing it into the air. However, when mixing a few drops of the oils mentioned with a carrier oil like coconut or black seed oil and applying it topically to the area where you are having inflammation, like the t-zone, it can be very therapeutic and provide relief. When diffusing, you have to be careful if you have pets, because all oils are toxic to cats, and several oils are toxic to dogs.
- A plant-based Iron is necessary for immune cells proliferation and maturation, particularly lymphocytes, associated with the generation of a specific response to infection. It can aid with anemia, headaches, migraines, menstrual problems, trouble with staying focused, fatigue, high stress levels, and those exercising regularly.
- Digestive enzymes help us to absorb what we eat, especially when it comes to processed foods. Poor digestion leaves the immune system with a lack of nutritional factors that support immune function and the function of the entire body.
- Probiotics with prebiotics are great to help keep our gut healthy with good flora. Approximately 80% of our immunity resides in our gut. Antibiotics are commonly prescribed but kill both good (probiotics) and bad bacteria.
- Vitamin C in supplement form is great when combined with bioflavonoids, but we can tell you that it’s out almost everywhere online. Detox Day Spa does a supply available for retail.
- Taking hot baths with Epsom salt and a few drops of peppermint essential oil is a great way to open up the breathing pathways. Peppermint is also an option to add to a drop to a glass of water and drink for digestive support. Do not add essential oil to anything other than glass. It will eat through plastic, and you’ll drink plastic water.
- Gargling with warm salt water in the morning and night is a great way to help clean the mouth clean and clear of mucus. Other great gargling options include baking soda, apple cider vinegar and hydrogen peroxide.
- Drinking hot lemon in the morning and evening before bed is also helpful in preventing mucus build-up or loosening it.
We recommend our mucus-buster shot to his clients. “This is working for friends, instantly,” said client Bev VanDyke.
Blend the following ingredients into a mixture:
- 1/2 a grapefruit
- 2 clementines
- 16 oz. of purified or alkaline water
- One shot glass of ground black pepper
- One shot glass of pink Himalayan sea salt
- One shot glass of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes
- One shot glass of ground ginger
- Pour the mixture into a container, and take once or twice daily, or as needed, to open up the sinus and breathing pathways.
- Heat the shot before taking it.
- Before and after the shot, drink 4-8 oz. of hot lemon water.
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