(Health Secrets) Allergy season is here and millions of people just like you are struggling with post nasal drip. Post nasal drip interferes with your ability to breathe, swallow, and get proper rest. Mucous build-up can cause bad breath as well. Before you reach for an over-the-counter remedy that only covers up the symptoms, try these natural post nasal drip treatments.
What is Post Nasal Drip?
Post nasal drip occurs when the sinuses over-produce mucous. This phlegm collects in the back of the throat, restricting breathing and causing constant throat-clearing.
Causes of Post Nasal Drip
Your sinuses produce mucous to lubricate your respiratory system and protect you from allergens. In many people, the immune system over-responds, causing excessive amounts of phlegm to get stuck in the back of the throat. Excessive mucous production is caused by food and environmental allergies.
Stop Post Nasal Drip Naturally
Prescription and over-the-counter remedies may work in the short term, but they’ll do nothing to address the underlying cause of your excessive phlegm. The first step in treating any disease or condition is figuring out what’s causing your symptoms.
- Rule Out Food Allergies
Food intolerance and allergies are common causes of excessive mucous production. Allergies to dairy, wheat, gluten, corn, and soy can all cause your immune system to over-produce the histamines that cause post nasal drip. Remove all traces of dairy, gluten, corn, and soy from your diet for 6-8 weeks and see if your symptoms improve. After the 6-8 week period of time is over, reintroduce one food at a time to test for a reaction. Really load up on it.
- Eat Mucous-Busting Foods
Once you’ve figured out which food (or foods) your body can’t tolerate, it’s time to introduce more foods that cut down on phlegm. You can make an allergy-relief syrup from raw honey, cayenne pepper, onion, and garlic. Each of these ingredients boosts your immune system and cuts down on excessive mucous production. Plus, it thins out phlegm so it’s much easier to handle.
- Stay Hydrated
Excessive intake of alcohol or caffeine dries out your sinuses, which encourages more mucous production. Instead, keep yourself hydrated with 8 glasses of pure, filtered water per day. Coconut water is also hydrating and boosts your electrolytes naturally.
- Use a Neti Pot
A neti pot is a small pot shaped like a genie lamp. You use it to rinse your sinuses of mucous and debris with a saline solution. If your sinuses are so blocked, you’re unable to use a neti pot successfully, clear them out first with a homeopathic decongestant spray. Avoid over-the-counter decongestant pills as they are very drying and make you feel jittery.
- Take Supplements
Chronic allergies can be treated naturally with the right supplements. Quercetin, vitamin C, and stinging nettles boost your immune system, decrease histamine reaction, and cut down on mucous production.
This allergy season, don’t just muddle through your allergies. Take control of your post nasal drip by making the right dietary and lifestyle changes. You’ll be amazed at the positive difference in your health.
Published with permission from AlignLife. Original article link is here.