Sinus congestion is horrible – not being able to breathe, going through boxes of tissues, restless nights, etc. If you want to relieve it without resorting to medicine, here’s what to do:
Use a neti pot once a day. The neti pot will irrigate your sinuses, freeing up some of the congestion and washing out some of the stuff stuck in there that may be causing the congestion in the first place.
Drink at least 16 ounces of green juice for breakfast every day.
Get upside down! Going upside down will also help free up some of the congestion. It will be hard at first because you won’t be able to breathe at all through your nose but stay upside down and you’ll notice the congestion starts getting looser and moving around.
Massage your face to loosen things up. I use my fingers to massage the area between my cheekbones and my nose, the area below my eyes, in outward circles. Also try massaging the area outside of the eye cavity, just above the nose but below the brows, as well as your cheekbones.
After a hot shower, immediately blow your nose.
AVOID DAIRY! Dairy already causes mucus buildup in your body (albeit in the colon, not the nose) but you will make your body work even harder to get rid of the sinus congestion if you consume dairy. In fact, you should ideally stick to as much of a raw vegan diet as you can. Also try eating spicy food.
And there you go! If you do all of these, you’ll notice major strides within a day or two, and should be able to completely kick the congestion’s butt soon after that.
Choosing a juicer can be overwhelming. Here is the lowdown, starting from the cheapest:
masticating and single gear
Pros: fast, easy clean-up, inexpensive
Cons: destroys the nutrients, still leaves wet pulp, loud
Let me get into the cons, since the pros are self-explanatory.
destroys the nutrients – We all know fruits and vegetables aren’t shelf stable. Pretty much anything we do to them jump starts the release and destruction of nutrients due to oxidation (exposure to the air). Centrifugal juicers basically cut up these fruits and veggies and spin them around at a high speed so that some of the liquid gets separated from the fiber. As a result, you have to drink the juices within 15 minutes of juicing. So you can’t make any juice ahead of time and store them.
still leaves wet pulp – The drier the pulp, the more you’ve extracted out of the fruits and veggies and the more bang you’re getting for your buck.
loud – the world and its grandma is going to know you’re juicing whenever you are
Masticating and Single Gear
This is basically the in-between juicer. I suggest this juicer to most people because it’s a nice balance between those who don’t want to spend too much on a juicer but still want quality juicers.
These juicers are gentle enough that you can make your juices ahead of time and store them. Some say you can store up to 72 hours, but I’d just do 2 days max to be safe.
A couple reasonably priced juicers:
Pros: produces juices with high nutrient value, quiet, leaves dry pulp
Cons: pricey, slow, tedious clean-up
Imagine pushing something through a pair of gears. That something gets gently squeezed and, in this case, produces juices with a high level of nutrients intact and leaves behind dry pulp. These juices can be stored up to 72 hours but I just keep them for 48 hours max, just in case. These juicers come with many parts to clean up and take longer to juice, since it is so gentle on the fruits and veggies.
I have been using this one since 2012 and I still love it:
This is the Rolls Royce of juicers. The highest quality juices come from these machines. Being as that I’m sure the large majority of us don’t have an exorbitant amount of money to roll around in, I’m not going to waste my breath on explaining these because they don’t come cheap.
TIP!!!!! When storing your juices, put them in tightly sealed, nonporous (ie, non-plastic) containers, like mason jars, leaving as little air as possible in the containers.
What is the big deal about juicing? Here’s the 101.
First off, let me begin by explaining the 2 types of juicing that’s out – let me call them juicing for health and mainstream juicing.
Mainstream juicing – what is most likely being referred to out in the media now, that is currently become more and more popularly used for detoxification, and consists of juice fasts lasting for 3, 5, or 10 or more days.
Juicing for health – the juicing done by health aficionados who actually incorporate juicing into their daily lives.
I am not a fan of mainstream juicing. Juicing actually has legitimate benefits but mainstream juicing is what is attracting those who want quick fixes and to have a fast detoxification and weight loss. The problem with mainstream juicing is that people don’t realize how unhealthy and improper it is. You can’t eat like crap and then shock your system with a juice fast, only to jump right back into crappy food. It’s going to feel awful and any benefits to your body from the juice fast quickly goes to waste, literally and figuratively. So I suggest if you want to go through a juice fast, start off by easing your body into it by eating clean first. And DEFINITELY eat clean and light as you transition back into solid foods.
As for the juicing for health folks – we try to incorporate green juices into our everyday lives to supplement our diets. Personally, I drink green juices every day for breakfast, when my stomach is empty, so that the nutrients can go directly into my body.
What the heck is juicing?
It’s simple – take a bunch of veggies, mostly green veggies, and a little bit of fruit, and drink them without the fiber.
Many argue that you need the fiber in your diet. Here’s my argument: a healthy diet will have plenty of the fiber you need. You’re not missing out by juicing. By taking out the fiber, you are skipping the digestive process and allowing those nutrients to get to work on your body right away. Green juices are basically a magical elixir that you add to your everyday diet. They allow you to get an extra boost of veggies that you couldn’t possibly eat in a day.
Okay, so how do I do it?
Simple. Buy a juicer. Buy vegetables. Put the two together. I usually drink 16 ounces a day.
The proportion of veggies to fruit should be 3 to 1 because you don’t want to overload on the sugar. Personally, I only use half an apple for every 16 ounces and rely on cucumbers and celery to mellow out the taste, due to their high water content.
The darker green your veggies are, the better.
I find that as long as I have the cucumbers, celery, and apple, I can mix and match on the rest of the veggies without much problem. I like to include vegetables I don’t normally eat. Unless you like the taste of mustard, though, you might want to take it easy mustard greens. I learned that out the hard way. Also include herbs – cilantro helps clear out heavy metals from your body and parsley helps detox your kidneys. Lemons keep the nutrients fresher longer.
Does that help? Questions are welcome and I will be sure to update this post based accordingly!
But does it really work?
Yes. I am gaining nothing by telling you to start juicing, except the knowledge that I am helping you become a healthier person.
Juicing has helped me get stronger faster and heal faster. It has cleared cobwebs from my mind and it has balanced out my chemical hormones. I feel like a sane person now. Or…saner. And most importantly, it has helped my digestive system. So now I can eat more without getting fat! Woooooooo!!!!!!