Dealing with congestion and a runny nose along with red itchy eyes is not a favorable situation. In today’s post I’m revisiting my all time favorite health tool, the neti pot. Its been over 3 years since I mentioned how I use my neti pot, check it out here, and thought it was long overdue for an update. Since that post I have not had a cold per se, maybe a 24 hour bug, but nothing serious. My sinus attacks of sneezing, congestion, runny and itchy eyes are practically non-existent thanks to my neti pot and dietary changes.
|Himalayan Institute Neti Pot|
A Neti Pot can be ideal for those who regularly deal with allergies triggered by environmental factors such as pollen, dust, mold, hay fever, etc. Poor nutrition can also attribute to triggering sinus episodes. In the ancient Indian practice of health and wellness known as Ayurveda, the use of the Neti pot is essential to daily personal hygiene as brushing your teeth is. Using one can become a daily regimen to help improve your health and maintain a clear mind.
How I Use my Neti Pot
Check out this video first.
Hydrate. I attribute most of my health improvements to water. Water is very important as it’s beneficial to flush out toxins from your body. I drink at least 1 Liter of water a day which has been the best daily intake for me.
Mind. As I’ve been incorporating mediation to my mornings, I stay aware of how my head and mind is feeling the night before. Whenever I’m feeling fatigued or lack of concentration is interfering with my creativity, I reach for my neti pot in the morning. Cleansing your nasal passages increases the capacity of your breathing, awareness and energy.
Body. The Neti Pot assists the body with eliminating toxins by encouraging circulation throughout the body and removing blockages. The Neti Pot also prevents bacteria from entering your sinuses minimizing colds and sinus irritation.
Diet. Decreasing dairy and cutting back on sugar from my diet (which I still struggle with) has also helped. I don’t restrict anything from my diet, I instead focus on balance and keeping things simple. I’m conscious about staying away from mucus producing foods such as pastries, bread, soda and fried foods which can cause the body to produces excess mucous hence causing blockages throughout the mind and body.
Where to purchase. I’ve had my Neti Pot for over 5 years now and keep it in a safe place. I always rinse it with the saline solution to keep it clean. I bought my Neti Pot at Whole Foods but you can practically find it at any health store.
I make my own saline solution with Kosher salt or you can buy the pre-made packages which I use when traveling.
Neti: Healing Scerets of Yoga and Ayurveda by David Frawley
The Ayurveda Encyclopedia by Swami Tirtha