What Are Sinuses & How Do They Work?

sinusesSinuses are hollow air cavities in the skull connecting the nasal passages. They are connected via a narrow passageway called the ostium. The purpose of the sinuses is to humidify the air to the lungs, as well as create mucus secretion to eliminate unwanted particles from the body. They are a vital part of the respiratory process to bring the proper air, warm temperature and humidity into the lungs, providing life to the body. Think of the sinuses as your body’s air filter.

There are four pairs of sinus cavities, which are described as one functioning unit called paranasal sinuses. Continue reading “What Are Sinuses & How Do They Work?”

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Stop Your Allergy Symptoms Now

sneezeI know it is still February, but many places have been having spring-like weather already. Unfortunately, for many people, the warmer spring air brings runny noises and watery, itchy eyes. This condition is known as rhinitis, an inflammation of the mucous membranes in the nose, and it causes sneezing, runny noses and a constant feeling of being stuffed up.

Rhinitis can occur as the result of a cold, allergies or environmental irritants like dust, cigarette smoke or pollution. If your symptoms are year-round and worsen in the spring, you most likely have seasonal allergies, rather than an infection like a cold. Continue reading “Stop Your Allergy Symptoms Now”

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3 Simple Steps for an Allergy-Free Season

SS-A-1-breathing-in-natureExperts predict this allergy season to be particularly bad. If you are an allergy sufferer, then you know just how awful the symptoms can be. Fortunately, I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Rob Ivker, the leading authority on sinus health, author of the best-selling book SINUS SURVIVAL: The Holistic Medical Treatment for Sinusitis, Allergies, and Colds, and the creator of the Sinus Survival Allergy Treatment Program. Dr. Ivker gave me some great advice that I want to share with you.

Dr. Ivker’s 3 simple steps for an allergy-free season:

1. Consider food allergy testing – Food allergies and food sensitivities can contribute to allergy and sinusitis symptoms. Especially for individuals who experience chronic sinusitis, Dr. Ivker highly recommends looking into whether certain foods such as dairy, wheat/gluten, corn, soy, and eggs could be making your symptoms worse. Foods that you are either allergic to or sensitive to can cause inflammation in both your GI tract as well as your respiratory tract and result in more severe allergy symptoms. By identifying and eliminating problematic foods, you can reduce your body’s inflammatory burden and help ease your allergy symptoms.

2. Take 3 key supplements to build natural immunity to airborne allergies – Dr. Ivker’s favorite allergy protocol includes the following: Continue reading “3 Simple Steps for an Allergy-Free Season”

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Tips for Allergy Season

allergies2One day there was snow and the next day there were allergies. If you struggle with sneezing, runny nose, or itchy eyes because of seasonal allergies, take a look at the following blogs we have posted in the past.

Five Tips for Allergy Season: From supplements to timing, a comprehensive guide to tackling spring allergies.

Homeopathy for Allergies: If you want a gentler approach, homeopathy may be the answer.

Children and Allergies: It can be especially challenging to deal with children and allergies. This blog gives great tips to help little ones.

Building Your Immune System: This blog gives you tips to target the root cause of allergies as opposed to just dealing with symptoms.

Sinus Survival: Dr. Robert Ivker wrote the book on treating sinusitis… literally!  The book helped pave the way for the Sinus Survival program.

Photo from here, with thanks.

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Tips for Allergy Relief

pathway allergy support plusAlthough it has been the coldest and longest winter in North America, and for many areas it still doesn’t feel like spring is here, one sign that it has arrived is the increasing number of symptoms associated with allergies –  sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes. The following information, which we posted last year, offers great tips to stay on top of your symptoms this season, and for allergy relief.

Millions of Americans suffer from seasonal allergies, and for many of these individuals, itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, sinus pressure and pain are not only associated with spring and summer trees, grass and pollen, but are also triggered year-round by things like dust, mold and animal dander.

Environmental allergies are not a disease, but a symptom of immune dysfunction.

In order to treat allergies effectively, you need to focus on the root cause, as well as the symptoms. The immune system is built to respond to infection (viruses or bacteria) by producing antibodies. In the case of allergies, the immune system overreacts, treating these harmless substances as invaders. The antibody IgE (immunoglobulin E, which is produced against the allergen) triggers the release of pro-inflammatory chemicals like histamine, responsible for the symptoms of itchy, runny eyes and nose, and sneezing. This inflammation can spread and lead to other related disorders, as well. For example, people who suffer from allergies are said to be three times more likely to develop asthma, an inflammatory disease of the airways.  Continue reading “Tips for Allergy Relief”

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