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Why Going Low-Carb Is The Best Remedy For Sinus Infection

Why Going Low-Carb Is The Best Remedy For Sinus Infection

People with chronic sinus issues know misery. With chronic sinus issues, there are headaches, facial tenderness, pressure in the sinuses, teeth and ears, fevers, sore throats, coughing, that nasty nasal drip or, even worse, the dreaded stuffy nose accompanied by mouth breathing. Not a pretty picture.

So what causes sinus infection or sinusitis?[1]

It turns out that the the problem isn’t the sinuses themselves.[2] Your sinuses are just hollow air spaces within the bones between your eyes, behind your cheekbones, and in the forehead. They make mucus, which keep the inside of your nose moist and helps protect against dust, allergens, and pollutants. Sinus infections occur when the tissue in your nose is swollen from allergies[3], a cold, or something in the environment that block the sinus passages. The actual causes of sinus infections are numerous and encompass a wide variety of factors, such as a cold or flu, seasonal allergies, or even food sensitivities.

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Carbohydrate sensitivity and sinus infection

“Typical” food allergy symptoms–scratchy throat, hives, swelling—are easily identified and you know if you have a food allergy, you must avoid contact with that particular allergen at all costs. But what about that brain fog, fatigue, and headaches you’ve been having? The truth is, most of us are sensitive to some of the foods we consume all of the time. Therefore, learning your particular food sensitivities is an important part of eliminating common ailments including sinusitis.

Carbohydrate is another name for sugar and can be broken down into two categories: simple and complex. In a nut shell, simple carbs are the sugars added to foods during processing. Added sugar appear on ingredient labels as corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, fruit juice concentrates, maltose, molasses, or syrup. These sugars are commonly added to white bread, crackers, sweets, and processed foods.

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Complex carbs, on the other hand, are frequently referred to as dietary starch and are made of sugar molecules strung together like a chain and are rich in fiber. Complex carbohydrates are commonly found in whole plant foods and, therefore, provide a myriad of health benefits.

According to Jacob Teitelbaum[4], M.D., author of “Beat Sugar Addiction Now!“, sinusitis is one possible side effect of simple carb or sugar sensitivity. Sugar weakens the immune system, which leads to a higher potential for sinus infections. When the immune system is weakened, it is more susceptible to bacteria, viruses, and allergies. So then, the answer to sinus relief for those with a carb sensitivity must be to eliminate or, at the very least, drastically limit the amount of carbs you are consuming, right?

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It’s not quite that simple.

While eliminating carbs from your diet might provide you some relief from sinus problems, it could cause other and more serious health problems. A low carbohydrate diet can cause headaches, dizziness, fatigue, muscle weakness, nausea, diarrhea, and constipation. Instead of going low or no carb, nutrition experts advise that you substitute the simple carb foods you eat with more complex carb options.

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Switching from simple to complex carbs

Complex carbs provide your body with more nutrition and longer-lasting energy than simple carbs do. Complex carbs can be found in fruits, vegetables, whole grain breads, whole grain pasta, oats, beans, and brown rice. Simply put, for the carb-sensitive, eating more fresh, whole foods and limiting the amount of processed foods will have you breathing easier in no time.

Reference

[1] http://www.medicinenet.com/sinusitis/article.htm
[2] http://www.webmd.com/allergies/picture-of-the-sinuses#1
[3] http://www.lifehack.org/456811/how-survive-seasonal-allergies
[4] http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/jacob-teitelbaum-md/what-kind-sugar-addict-are-you

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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