Most of us, not to say all of us, at one time or another have dealt with some sinus problem. It could have been sinus: pressure, congestion, sinusitis, excessive drainage or whatever. Since it went away or was treated successfully and did not recur often enough we do not pay much attention to it. On the other hand, others of us who have had to contend with the same sinus problems, but as an ongoing ailment that has become annoying, time consuming and expensive. But now we are cured and we do not wish to ever go back to our former misery. Is there anything we can do to keep our sinuses healthy?
The answer to this question is a resounding Yes, we can. We must, however, remember certain things. The most important one of which is that health, whether it be with reference to our sinuses, or health in general is not something that just happens or we inherit, but something we need to work at on a regular basis. Our eating, physical exercise, relaxation and sleep habitsare the main areas of our lifestyle which, depending on how we relate to them are going to determine, to a great extent, how healthy we are going to be. Sinus problems are usually an indication that we are violating some healthy living rule(s). In other words, if we want to keep our sinuses healthy we are going to have to maintain a life style which conforms to something like this:
We need to understand that food has more to do with keeping healthy than perhaps many of us realized. Large amounts of sugar are bad for us. So are dairy products. The combinations of both of them, for example, milk shakes, ice cream, are, obviously, a very sure formula for inviting sinus and possibly other health problems. Very small amounts very likely would not make much difference, at least, that’s the way it is with me.
For several decades now the importance of physical exercise to maintain good health has been widely accepted, usually as a way to reduce the risk of heart disease. But the same, basically, applies to the sinuses. General good health, which is promoted by exercise, helps the immune system work better, eg., to fight viruses that want to lodge in the sinuses, and other potential ailments; and make a person feel better in general.
Both physical, mental and emotional relaxation are necessary to keep the body and mind healthy. It is not, therefore, a waste of time to take time off everyday and deliberately change activities to do things that do not create stress, but that we enjoy and that takes the mind completely away from our regular work.
While night sleep requirements may vary from person to person, there is nothing wrong with taking a short nap during the day, if we can. The quality, not just the quantity, is important. A heavy meal, a scary late movie or heavy mental work shortly before going to bed will most likelyl not induce a good night of sleep. Each of us need to assess what we need to do before we go to bed so our sleep will be sound and restful.
We can continue to think of sinus pressure, sinus headache, etc., as things of the past and continue to enjoy our new found freedom from these and other sinus problems as we live lifestyles that are conducive to good general and sinus health.