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Can Athletes Benefit from Nasal Rinsing?

POSTED: FEBRUARY 15, 2018 Nasal rinsing: it’s quick, easy, effective, and comes with countless benefits for people of all walks of life, including athletes. The practice clears sinuses, removing mucus and muck and all that icky stuff. Some of the many proven benefits include optimized airflow, reduced allergies, and decreased flu and cold symptoms. Oh, and did we mention that it’s 100% natural? Here, we delve into the many benefits athletes can expect from nasal rinsing. Increase Airflow to Enhance Performance Clear breathing is important for optimal athletic performance. For many athletes, it takes very little swelling of the nasal passages for them to become restricted or even totally blocked, resulting in compromised performance. However, in most cases, it’s easy to restore...

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Alleviating COPD Symptoms with Nasal Rinsing

POSTED: FEBRUARY 5, 2018 Population studies suggest that as many as 75% of patients with COPD have concomitant nasal symptoms and that more than 30% of patients with sinusitis also have lower airway symptoms of asthma or COPD.  Given that the upper and lower airway lining have similar exposure to allergens and react with a similar inflammatory response, it is common for rhinitis and sinusitis to coexist with COPD. Several possible mechanisms have been proposed to explain this combined upper and lower airway dysfunction. These include the naso-tracheal-bronchial reflex, inflammatory effects caused by smoking, mouth breathing because of nasal obstruction, and pulmonary aspiration of post nasal drainage. Postnasal drainage produced by exposure to nasal inflammatory mediators during sleep may also have a role...

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The Surprising Triggers of Winter Nosebleeds

POSTED: DECEMBER 7, 2017 From a childhood double-dog dare, to dry air, nosebleeds are a common occurrence; most everyone has had one. The vast majority of the time, they are temporary – a wad or two of tissues and you’re good to go. However, nosebleeds can be chronic. For anyone who experiences persistent nosebleeds, there may be an underlying medical cause (such as a bleeding disorder). Yet, often, the cause is an environmental one (like not using enough nasal rinse!). Address it and you’ll help keep the nosebleeds away. Of course, you’ll save a ton of money on stain remover, too. So, what causes nosebleeds? Some of the most common causes include: High blood pressure Not everyone with hypertension gets nosebleeds, but...

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How Nasal Rinsing Helps Keep the Flu Away

POSTED: NOVEMBER 23, 2017 The aches, the pains, the sore body and chills – it’s no wonder the flu begins with an F. But, while this illness is a reality for millions of people each year, it doesn’t have to be. Some things help us avoid catching this contagion (like getting a flu shot or never having kids!). Yet, for those who want a more natural solution, nasal rinsing can help.  Yep, the nose knows how to keep the flu at bay! To understand why nasal rinsing is effective, let’s first look at how the flu spreads. The flu is a contagious virus; being around someone who is sick is enough to make you sick, too. It usually enters your body through the nose,...

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Nasal Rinsing and Its Benefits

POSTED: NOVEMBER 9, 2017 Nasal rinsing has been around since the beginning of time – from the pterodactyl that (possibly) used it to rinse out its beak to the humans who used it as folk medicine – as long as there have been noses, there has been nasal rinsing. But, why the popularity? It’s easy: nasal rinsing allows us to breathe easier (and breathing is awesome!). It clears out the sinuses, removing mucus and muck and all kinds of junk. And it’s not just something that’s chalked up to lore; the medical field is behind nasal rinsing, too. In fact, doctors will tell you that it offers several proven benefits. Some of these perks include: Clearing the nose of mucus As mentioned above,...

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