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Battle Post Nasal Drip the Natural Way

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

iStock_000012840411XSmallThe winter season is in full swing, and this may be the worst time of the year for many people who commonly experience post nasal drip. An irritating cough and raw, sore throat may lead you to believe that you’re coming down with a cold, but after weeks of nothing changing – you may grow irritated. There are many causes for this uncomfortable illness, including allergies, bacteria, chemicals, a virus or dry air (which is why most people experience it during the winter).

Luckily, there are several natural ways to remedy post nasal drip, as well as some great products that can help alleviate any harsh issues. Although this issue isn’t severe, it can lead to other uncomfortable symptoms such as bad breath.

Acupressure

Acupuncture is the ultimate natural way to cure your post nasal drip – but those afraid of needles may prefer to try acupressure. The best-known acupuncture point for thinning mucus is called “Stomach 40.” It is located on the outer leg, along the shinbone and about halfway between the knee and ankle. This is commonly used by acupuncturists for individuals who experience a phlegmy cough, heaviness in the chest, difficulty swallowing or throat swelling.

Since nighttime is the most common time of the day to experience post nasal drip, it can be helpful to do self-acupressure on this point right before falling asleep. You can experiment with both legs to see if you notice a difference. It’s best to use the thumb because you can grasp the leg with the rest of your hand and use a firm pressure; however, you can use whichever finger feels best to you.

Steam

Breathing in steam feels amazing for anyone experiencing post nasal drip. There are two ways to do this:  By boiling water or using a hand-held steam inhaler. Both ways are effective, but there’s no need to buy any product if you are boiling water. You’ll want to heat up the water on the stove and then transfer it to a bowl that can withstand the heat safely. Then, you’ll throw a towel over your head and breathe in deeply for several minutes. Adding a drop of eucalyptus or lavender oil can make that steam feel even more soothing.

Steam inhalers are convenient ways to battle post nasal drip, and they are safer for children to use than boiling water. However, it is important to maintain proper cleaning of these types of products so that germs and bacteria don’t spread.

If you have a membership to a gym – even better! You should take advantage of a steam room whenever you can if you commonly suffer from post nasal drip. Plus, steam rooms are great for the entire body and your skin.

Strong foods

You know how your eyes water and your nose begins to run when you cut up an onion? This is actually a great, natural decongestant to break up the phlegm and mucus in your throat. You can throw a thick slice of onion on to your sandwich, and add it to other foods as frequently as possible and you may notice relief. If you’re not keen on onions, consider spicing up your food. You may want to eat hot Mexican food, spicy chili or Wasabi – you can feel the Wasabi cutting through the thick mucus.

Vitamin C is another great option to break down the phlegm. Taking vitamin C tablets can be helpful, but for a more immediate remedy, it is better to eat fruits like oranges or pineapple. These foods can also do wonders to get rid of bad breath.

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Change Your Sleeping Habits to Help Post Nasal Drip

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

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When you’re suffering from a stuffy nose and it becomes harder to breathe, you may not get good sleep, either. Even if you are feeling peachy during the day, once you hit the hay, symptoms can often get worse. To get a great night’s sleep, here are a few tips to fight against post nasal drip.

Drink hot tea before bedtime
Sipping on some chamomile – or whatever nighttime tea you prefer – can help you get a good night’s sleep. Drinking hot tea with lemon and honey will help post nasal drip to go smoothly, and it helps soothe the throat, to so it isn’t irritated throughout the night. If you are suffering from bad breath, sipping tea regularly will help freshen your breath as well. Preventing bad breath begins with hydration, and non-caffeinated tea can be a great solution.

Prop yourself up
When you’re sleeping, prop your head up with several pillows so that you can breathe more easily and the mucus will be able to drain down the throat. If you have an adjustable bed, lifting it up slightly could do the trick. If you are lying flat, the blood vessels in the nose stimulate mouth breathing, which can also lead to bad breath.

Put a pillow under your stomach
Instead of putting a pillow under your head, you could also try putting one under your stomach to help better align your body. Your neck will stay flat, which will help prevent nasal inflammation and allow for easier breathing.

Pick a side, any side
Sometimes, lying on your side can really help clear post nasal drip. A lot of us normally toss and turn during the night, but if you can try to stay in the same position throughout your sleep, it may be beneficial.

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Better your health by combating dry mouth

Friday, January 18th, 2013

dry mouth and stressHaving a good night’s sleep is pertinent for a healthy mind and body, but there are some issues that keep us up at night. Do you ever have to get up in the middle of the night to get some water? Suffering from dry mouth can cause pain and discomfort throughout the night and during the day, and it can also be a sign of other illnesses.

During sleep, the body is able to restore itself, but if you are waking up in the middle of the night to drink water, this restoration is being interrupted and can cause you to be groggy throughout the day. This can hinder work, weight loss, and increase stress and the probability of sickness. All because of your dry mouth symptoms!

What are the symptoms?

Although “dry mouth” is pretty straightforward, there are other symptoms that you may have as well. You may also have trouble swallowing, chewing and speaking without taking a sip of water. Other people may have cracked and sore skin inside the mouth, and you may have a sandpaper-like tongue.

What is causing it?

There are many reasons why you may be having dry mouth, some that are easily preventable and others are a larger issue that should be taken seriously. If you feel like you’re suffering from post nasal drip, this could be directly related to dry mouth. With this illnesses, the mucus becomes thick, which can sometimes make it challenging to breathe through the mouth.

“The sensation of post-nasal drip is not usually caused by an increased amount of mucus coming from your nose or sinuses,” Dr. Robert Dolan told EverydayHealth. “It is more likely to be caused by the mucus becoming too thick or by irritation of your throat. In my experience, the three most common causes are allergy, gastric reflux, and medications that cause dryness.”

Preventing post nasal drip entirely depends on where it is coming from. Oral medications and natural nasal sprays can combat this issue if it doesn’t stem from a larger illness.

What to change?

Are you a smoker? Do you eat unhealthy foods? Do you commonly drink alcohol or caffeinated beverages? These are all causes of dry mouth! Without having to change much of your lifestyle to combat bad breath, you can try to cut back on the amount of unhealthy things you intake. If you’re a smoker or an avid coffee drinker, make sure that you drink a glass of water afterwards to moisturize the mouth. Drinking a substantial amount of water each day will help eliminate dry mouth. Increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet can help dramatically as well. Because these items have a large amount of water in them, and vitamins and minerals, they keep the mouth healthy.

What does dry mouth lead to?

Dry mouth can lead to various other oral health issues such as tooth decay, bad breath, a lack of taste and mouth sores. Since the bacteria in our mouths have no chance to get flushed down by saliva – which is what normally happens – it just stays in our mouths and causes these issues. Mouth sores are more common because when there is no protective layer of moisture, there is a much higher risk of cuts and infections.

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Science Takes Bad Breath Studies to Some Weird, Wild Places

Monday, March 19th, 2012

In the quest to keep bad breath at bay, halitosis experts can (and have) tried all sorts of experiments to see what neutralizes odor-causing bacteria. In fact, all sorts of researchers and experts of every stripe – including chemists, bacteriologists, allergists, psychologists and even…martial arts masters? – are prey to bad breath, so why shouldn’t they take a swipe at eliminating it?

For example, I recently appeared on QVC UK to discuss the inception of my research into the connection between microbes, dry mouth and halitosis. The person who pointed me in the right direction was my daughter, who was 13 years old at the time. She said that her friends kept offering her breath mints and gum after athletic practice, and she knew (smart girl!) that they were tactfully telling her that she had bad breath.

Today, I hear this complaint in breath clinics all the time. The origin of this kind of bad breath is bacteria, since microorganisms are what release the sulfur-based molecules that give halitosis its bad scent. However, I knew there was an underlying problem, and eventually it occurred to me: dry mouth.

Whether or not you’re an athlete, you’ve probably suffered from this problem before. Lots of things can dry out your mouth. Physical activity parches your tongue and palate due to all the panting it requires. But just think of all the other situations that can leave your mouth dry: anxiety, fear of public speaking, mouth-breathing, talking for extended periods of time, smoking, sleeping with your mouth open, using an alcohol-based mouthwash, breathing cold or dry winter air, even having Sjogren’s syndrome, which is a fairly rare autoimmune condition that leaves the eyes and mouth chronically dry. (You might recall that tennis star Venus Williams recently announced that she’s been diagnosed with it.)

The solution is to use a product that can moisten the mouth, oxygenate the tongue, rinse away bacteria and freshen breath all at once. The History Channel recently called such specialty products a “modern marvel” as part of a special, odor-themed episode of the show of the same name. My daughter’s been using these products for years, and she no longer gets offered free gum and mints, that’s for sure!

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With the Hydropulse Nasal-Sinus Irrigator, you can Treat Post-nasal Drip without Worrying that your Brain will be Eaten

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

Yes, you read that title correctly, and no, this article is not about zombies. If you’ve been following this blog even semi-regularly, you know that the mouth, nose and throat can be subject to some strange infections, many of which lead to post-nasal drip, throat pain or bad breath. But quite possibly the strangest pathogen we’ve heard of recently can be spread by improperly used neti pots. It’s called Naegleria fowleri, and it literally eats human brains.

According to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (LDHH), two of the state’s residents recently died after getting infected with N.fowleri. This microorganism, known as the so-called “brain-eating amoeba,” is usually found in warm bodies of fresh water. According to experts at Stanford University, it is rare to be infected by this protist. However, those who do get infected – always through the nose – have a 98 percent mortality rate.

So how did N. fowleri get up the noses of the two unfortunate patients who made headlines this month? According to the LDHH, both people used neti pots filled with unclean water.

If you’ve never heard of them, neti pots are small, tea-kettle-like ceramic pots that are used to clean nasal passages, with the intent of eliminating sinus buildup and post-nasal drip. Using one is supposed to be as simple as loading it with water and pouring it in one nostril. However, this cheap method of sinus irrigation can obviously lead to problems.

To treat post-nasal drip without risking having your brains eaten, consider using a specialty device, like the Hydropulse Nasal-Sinus Irrigator, with distilled or sterile water. That way, you can clear your sinuses, reduce your halitosis and keep your gray matter intact!

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