Sinus and Food: How Food Can Affect the Sinuses

Having sinus pressure, drainage or just plain excessive mucus? Have you wonder how some of the foods you eat may be impacting your sinus issues? These are questions many people have been asking which deserve an answer.

Mucus and Food
There is such thing as a "good kind of mucus." It is produced to help our respiratormucusans carry on their work efficiently. This kind of mucus is being produced all the time by the membranes lining the sinus cavity. Yet when it becomes excessive it is annoying and we wish to do something about it. At this point some begin to think about the possible connection between mucus and food. From the outset we can say: The connection is moremucus and verifiable than many realize. The excessive mucus can irritate the sinus cavity and nasal cavity and cause infection in those organs' membranes, especially after eating certain foods.

Sometimes environmental elements such as: pollen, house dust, smog, smoke, etc are addressed by the immune systems as invaders that it must protect against, and to do this it uses histamine--a clear, watery mucus like substance that is intended to wash off those invaders. Yet it is wrong choice of foods that can exacerbate this condition, and in some cases actually be the cause of the primary cause of the mucus problem.

Sinus and Food

The main function of the sinus membranes and the nasal cavity is to produce mucus. Yet an excessive amounts of mucus going down back of the throat--sinus drainage--is commonly classified as a "sinus issue" or "sinus problem." While large amounts of mucus coming through the nose can be attributed to allergic rhinitis, or just to plain allergies. In this context, as we have already seen in the preceding paragraph, we can affirm that some foods can impact the production of mucus to a degree most people do not realize, e.g., cheese can cause sinus pressure to some and excess mucus to others. The sinus and food relationship can be so real that one way to handle sinus issues such as: pressure is to, initially, test for a food or foods suspected as culprits--for example dairy foods. Just eat a substantial amount of that food by itself. Evaluate the reaction(s), if any, 2-3 hours or longer later on your sinuses and other respiratory organs: If indeed food is the cause of your sinus issue, such signs as: sinus pressure, congestion, headache, drainage, sinus infection symptoms, etc., will appear. Then depending on the severity of the reaction(s), if any, you will have to decide what to do.

This simple test can be repeated with the same food(s) and see if the same reaction is obtained a second time. If you do then you can be be reasonable sure you have found the cause of your sinus issue, whether it be post-nasal drip (PND), sinus pressure or sinusitis, rhinitis, etc.Our site map has our other pages dealing with sinus issues which you may want to check. Then, of course, use this as a guide on your choice of foods. Get all the information you can on sinus.For example the meaning of the color of mucus. Very valuable information on this subject appears in the publication offered, Click.

Issues in the sinus cavities such as sinus pressure can have their origin in some specific food, as we have seen. Others are more related to the environment, for example house dust, which can, in some cases, produce also headaches and sinus pressure, etc. Often a combination of food and the environment is the real culprit of some sinus issues. In this latter context sinus drainage can be an indication that both elements should be checked. On the hand some issues such as hay fever can be more attributed to the environment, yet it can be easily exacerbated by some foods.

On the other hand, some foods are used by some as sources of sinus relief. Some use oil of oregano to relieve and prevent sinusitis; while it may have some antibacterial and anti fungal properties, it is doubtful whether it can really treat effectively a sinus infection or an infected mucus situation and the green mucus which can accompany them. Fresh fruits and vegetables are often considered as good food for the sinuses. One vegetable deemed to be especially good for some sinus issues is garlic. In my own experience dealing sith sinus issues I know that garlic as well as other foods can be a blessing for the sinuses.

Garlic can destroy known viruses and bacterial infection with its astringent and disinfectant power. And it also builds defenses so one develops immunity to harmful airborne germs that could give the flu. Garlic neutralizes harmful bacteria and microbes that cause colds. Thus garlic can be very beneficial in preventing colds and the flu, by killing the root cause of them. Considering also that viruses and the flu can irritate the sinus and nasal cavity membranes, and this in turn cause sinus issues, then garlic can be beneficial to help prevent sinus. Antibiotics do not kill viruses while garlic is known to have this medicinal property. Again, allicin, the active medicinal ingredient in garlic is what I take whenever a virus or cold threatens me. If I don't have allicin I just eat a fresh garlic sandwich, using two large cloves of the garlic bulb.

Good Foods for the Sinuses
Fruits such as grapefruits, lemons, oranges, with their abundant supply of vitamin C, can help diminish the symptoms of colds and sinus pressure connected with allergies. Especially when mucus, phlegm, become very thick try squeezing a lemon into a cup of hot water and drink it while still warm. It will help loosen the thick stuff in your air passages and make breathing easier. Rhinitis, a constant swelling of the nasal membranes, as well as sinus pressure and other sinus issues, can benefit from some of these natural therapies. One thing to remember along side the good foods for the sinuses is to expectorate and cough out the mucus; rather than to swallow it and re-cycle back in all the viruses and bacteria that the body is trying to expel. So here is a list of good foods for the sinuses--assuming there are no allergy symptom--sinus pressure, congestion, drainage, etc.--in connection with them:

  1. Fruits
    • pineapples
    • lemons and limes
    • grapefruits
    • avocados
      • has high quantity of potassium
        • to keep bodily tissues supple and healthy
        • promotes good general health
      • it also helps regularity
    • apples
    • pears
    • apricots
    • peaches
    • canned fruits are also good, but fresh one are better
    • Fresh vegetables
      • carrots
      • lettuces
      • turnips
      • salad, leafy
      • water cress, etc.
    • Coconut water
      • it has much potassium
      • it is credited with bodily cleansing properties

Sometimes a person needs foods which will assist in clearing the sinuses from mucus and help reduce swelling. Here is where a well known fruit can help: pineapple. Studies have shown that it is of real benefit for those suffering from asthma and sinus disorders. Bromelain, the active therapeutic element found in fresh pineapple, has anti-inflammatory properties which can reduce the swelling in air passages and sinus cavity membranes. This helps by making breathing easier and by helping the elimination of clear, green or yellow mucus, sinus pressure, etc. It can also help in bringing relief, again, to those suffering from sinus pressure, pain, pneumonia, colds, and bronchitis. Bromelain has been found to be also to contain an enzyme that can break down proteins. Thus for breathing disorders and as a digestive aid pineapple is the fruit of choice for many. But there are other foods that can help in keeping the sinuses clear.

Foods to Clear the Sinuses:

  • Fresh fruits
  • Pineapple
  • Vegetables
    • cruciferous are known for their cleansing and medicinal properties
    • using several vegetables is preferable
  • Garlic
    • shown to have "antibiotic-like" properties
    • Also shown to have anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties
    • hundred of scientific studies attest to its remedial validity
  • Onions
  • Chiles
  • Ginger
  • Cayenne pepper

These foods can, of course, help prevent sinus pressure, congestion, etc. So, use them often.

As the old adage states: "The best cure is prevention", and if a person were to abstain, as much as possible, from potential mucus


Key Elements to
Remember for
Sinus Cure

Right foods
Pressure points
Right natural remedies

A combination of healing systems working synergistically (cooperatively) for your sinuses is the key to sinus healing

Combining empirical research and reading many sources of information is how I found this new approach

The right sinus relief is more than just taking medications. It involves: Right eating, botanicals, some regular medications & pressure points for the sinuses

Foods can significantly affect your sinuses. Learn which foods can cause problems and which ones promote healing





Disclaimer: I am not a physician nor a licensed health care practitioner. The statements made in this web site or in the publication: Three Steps to Quick Sinus and Mucus Relief, have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. They are intended to describe what I did or would personally do only, and not intended to diagnose, treat or cure or prevent any disease or condition for others. The reader should continue to regularly consult a physician with regard to his or her health. Especially with respect to any matters or symptoms that may require diagnosis or medical care.

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