Sinusitis, Causes and Recommendations

When you suffer from a sinus infection or sinusitis, it is the body's way of trying to rid itself of toxins. Normally the immune system increases the body's temperature to burn off the bacteria and virus and to rid itself of toxins.

However, when the body is too weak to be able to heal itself in this way, then the bacteria and infection win the battle and the situation worsens.

The sinuses are the first line of defense in protecting the lungs from infection. Unfortunately, sinuses that are clogged for a long time seem to invite infection.

Sinus infections are very painful. The sinuses that normally contain air are now filled with mucus, bacteria and virus. These fill the sinuses and proliferate.

Other Causes of Sinus Infection:

  • Small growths in the nose
  • Air pollution
  • Dental complications
  • Emotional stress
  • Injury of the nasal bones
  • Smoking
  • A compromised immune system
  • Air pressure changes in airplanes

Allergic triggers such as:

  • Hay fever
  • Allergies to milk and dairy


With chronic sinusitis we must check the whole body and determine how well it is able to eliminate on all levels.

The body has

5 means of elimination
The lungs
The colon
The liver
The skin
The urinary system

When one or more of these means are blocked, toxins accumulate in the body, causing the other organs to work hard to compensate. With respiratory infections often the liver or the intestines are not eliminating as they should and the lungs are now having difficulty expelling the excess toxins.

If your diet has included white sugar, white flour, processed foods, fried foods, fast food, dairy, alcohol, coffee, etc, your intestines and liver are toiling. Also, contact with chemicals from cleaning products, pollution, perfumes in body lotions, etc., is hard on the liver.

If you suffer from constipation it is essential to eliminate that problem in order to help alleviate your sinusitis.

Other causes of chronic sinusitis are a lack of protein, a weakened immune system, or the presence of parasites.

Suggestions for Sinusitis:

See recommendations in the Respiratory System. 

  • If your symptoms are chronic you can try eating a diet consisting of 75% raw foods until you are healed.
  • Drink plenty of pure water and fresh vegetable juices (not canned).
  • Consume plenty of hot liquids (not coffee), such as homemade soups and herbal teas.
  • Adding cayenne pepper, ginger, garlic or raw onion to soups or teas can also bring faster relief.
  • Eliminate sugar and all foods containing sugar.
  • Reduce salt.
  • Eliminate dairy.
  • Eat a Healthy Diet.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Use a vaporizer.
  • Use a dry, natural vegetable fiber brush to dry-brush skin, once a day for 2 minutes (helps the skin eliminate toxins).
  • Take a hot bath with 4 tablespoons of ginger powder. After the bath wrap yourself in towels and stay warm in bed to sweat out toxins.
  • Steam inhalation: boil a pot of water, add a few drops of eucalyptus or rosemary oil. Use a towel over your head to inhale the vapors, being careful not to scald yourself.
  • Use a neti pot (a small teapot-like device for nasal irrigation). Make a solution of two teaspoons of sun-dried sea salt to one pint of water. Fill the pot, tilt your head over the sink and allow the salt water to drain from one nostril into the other. Many people do this on a daily basis to prevent recurrent infections.
  • If you are taking antibiotics for your infection be sure to add a high quality acidophilus supplement to your program to restore the friendly bacteria in your intestines. Do not take the antibiotic and acidophilus at the same time.
  • Have regular dental examinations, as infections in the mouth can easily spread to the sinuses.


Using chemical antihistamines will create an impression that the sinuses are open, providing a feeling of temporary relief. Unfortunately this temporary opening simply allows more space for the development of even more bacteria, further aggravating the situation. Chronic sinusitis will now set in.

Nose drops and sprays can interfere with normal nasal function. These, as well as inhalers, can shrink and weaken blood vessels in the nose. When you stop using decongestants swelling can become worse than it was to begin with. They can also increase blood pressure.

If you are suffering from long term sinusitis, be sure to consult your Doctor to determine if your immune system is compromised. It could be a sign of an immunologic disorder.

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