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Are you keeping your nose clean?

In some circles keeping your nose clean means staying out of trouble, to me it means using your neti pot. As a wellness coach I recommend using the least invasive methods first. If you are suffering from allergies or dry sinuses then a neti pot may be your new best friend.

Neti PotThe word “neti” means nasal cleansing in Sanskrit. Developed in ancient India, the neti pot has gained popularity with today’s wellness conscious consumers. Non invasive, easy to use and no side effects make the neti pot a valuable tool to lessen symptoms of colds, allergies, sinusitis and post-nasal drip.

The neti pot works by thinning mucus and flushing out the nasal passages. Breathing through the nose filters and conditions incoming air. The inside of the nose is lined with tiny, hair-like structures called cilia whose job it is to push mucus to the back of the throat so it can be swallowed, or to the front of the nose to be blown out. The cilia are covered with a thin layer of mucus that traps dirt, dust and pollen. It is important that this protective layer of mucus is kept healthy, if the mucus becomes too thick and dry or too thin and runny it is easier for bacteria and viruses to penetrate.

Using a neti pot is easy, here are a few things to remember:Tea pot no web

  • Use a true neti pot that is designed for this purpose. Don’t try to stuff a tea pot up your nose because it has a spout!
  • Use only distilled water. Tap water or even bottled water can contain impurities that can make your condition worse.
  • Use pure non-iodized salt in the recommended amount. You can purchase salt made specifically for the neti pot. If you experience burning in your nose it often means you have not used enough salt.
  • And like a toothbrush, everyone should have their own neti pot.

So how exactly do you use a neti pot? Quite simply you fill it with salt water and pour it through your nose. Okay there is a little more to it, but it really is simple.

  1. Make sure you start with a clean neti pot.
  2. Make a saline solution by using ¼ teaspoon of non-iodized salt in 8oz of warm distilled water.
  3. Bend over the sink and turn your head to one side so that your ear is facing the sink. Keep your forehead at the same height as the chin or slightly higher.
  4. Insert the spout into the upper nostril so it forms a comfortable seal.
  5. Raise the pot gently so the water begins to flow through your upper nostril and out the lower nostril. Breathe through your mouth. If the water drains out of your mouth, lower your forehead in relation to your chin.
  6. Repeat the process on the other nostril.
  7. When you are done exhale vigorously through both nostrils while holding your head over the sink to remove excess water. Don’t pinch your nose. You can blow gently into a tissue if you prefer. Do this until most of the dripping has stopped and you can breathe easily.

If there is any remaining saline solution in your nose do the Forward Bending and Alternate Toe Touching exercises listed below to help you expel the rest of the water.

It’s that simple!

But be warned…you might notice easier breathing, a better sense of smell and enhanced taste buds.

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Forward Bending:

Bend forward from the waist far enough so that the top of the head is pointing toward the floor. Hold this position for a few seconds, then return to standing. Follow this movement with a few vigorous exhalations.

Alternate Toe Touching:

Place your feet two to three feet apart. Raise the arms out to the side at shoulder height. Slowly bend from the waist and bring the left hand to the right knee, shin, or foot (whichever you can reach without straining). Reach up toward the ceiling with the right hand; turn the head gently and look toward the raised hand. Hold this position for a few seconds. Come back to standing and repeat the movement to the left. Exhale vigorously through the nose.

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No More Mid Day Slump!

Your digestive system is the key to overall health. Even people with the healthiest dietary habits may not be getting all the nutrients they need because they are missing the enzymes that break down the food.Fruit Face Pic Polaroid

Everything your body needs comes from what you eat, that puts a high priority on digestion. Other systems, like immunity and energy, have to step up when the digestive system is struggling. That is why when you don’t eat properly you get sick or suffer from low energy; your body has reassigned its resources!

Enzymes are what the body naturally uses to digest the food you eat. You get enzymes in two ways, from the foods you eat and by your body making them. There is a good chance you are not getting enough enzymes from either source.

When we cook food we kill the enzymes. That’s right, anything cooked over 118 degrees destroys the enzymes needed to digest it! And, as we age our body’s ability to produce enzymes diminishes.

Having been gluten free for over 6 years I thought my digestion was on the right track. I avoid any wheat products, eat my veggies, buy organic whenever I can and drink water until I slosh. But like anyone else I had little issues. A few months ago I started taking digestive enzymes and what a difference! I don’t experience gas or bloating after I eat and I have more energy throughout the day. No more mid day slump!

I was so impressed at how they worked on me that I started offering digestive enzymes from Allegany Nutrition to my clients. Designed to work in a wide pH range, gluten free and plant based made the decision an easy one for me. If you have questions about your digestion and using enzymes contact me for a FREE 20 minute strategy session.