3 groups of food that help with SINUS INFECTION
Yesterday, I woke with a very sore throat. That was about the only clue that I had anything going on. I tried some lemon and honey water. That seemed to help for a short time. As the day continued I began to get a headache and stuffy nose. By noon I really felt bad. I decide to go to gym and steam. This seemed to help so I decided to walk and do water aerobics. Probably not the smartest thing I could have done. Shortly after getting back home I really think a truck ran over me. My head begun hurting. I felt feverish. I was achy, very stuffy, and had a severe sore throat. I went to bed hoping to wake this morning feeling better. OH WOW! That did not happen. I could hardly move. I felt so bad and my nose was so stuffy that it made me dizzy. So it turns out I have a sinus infection also know as sinusitis. This is an inflammation of the sinus cavity due to a virus, bacteria or fungus. That sounds beautiful huh? That conclusion made me think. What type of food would help a sinus infection? I thought I would share with you what I found out.
I will refer to this condition as a sinus infection. Normally this condition is treated with over the counter medicine or in the event it is bacterial infection an antibiotic will be prescribed. There are no foods that will cure a sinus infection. However, there are foods that can help decrease the amount of mucus trapped in the sinuses and reduce congestion. Remember to always check with your doctor before beginning any treatment for any illness.
There are 3 groups of food that can help with a sinus infection.
1. SPICY FOODS: This group would include horseradish and hot sauce. These spicy foods would help open up the sinus cavity and promote normal breathing. Spicy foods will not cure the infection but they will help drain the mucus out of your nasal passages. Spicy food for sinus infection is not for everyone. In some cases it could make it worse. Depending on how it digest in your stomach it can cause more congestion.
2. SOUP AND TEA: Now we are talking. I really do enjoy hot tea, and I have had a couple of cups today with honey and lemon. It has seemed to help with my throat especially. Increasing your hot liquids will heat up the trapped mucus in your nasal passages. This thins the mucus and makes it easier for your body to get rid of. Everyone thinks of chicken noodle soup anytime they are sick. Especially when it is sinuses or a cold. I have tired hot and sour soup. This soup is both hot and spicy. I was pleased with the relief it gave. Do not consume beverages with caffeine. These can lead to dehydration and increase nasal congestion.
3. FRUITS AND VEGETABLES: This is the best group to consume. They help to promote overall health. An average adult that consumes 2,000 calories a day should have at least 9 servings of vegetables and fruits. We should have vegetables and fruits at every meal. They are considered to be low mucus forming foods.They contain vitamins and minerals and are infection fighters.
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