Friday, January 15, 2010

Fear Not the Neti Pot

With cold and flu season rearing it's ugly head, combined with super-viruses and repressed immune systems from antibiotic overuse, our first line of defense is three-fold: keep immune systems strong, wash hands often and rinse the sinuses with a neti pot.

None of us can afford the time or financial drain of getting sick. So I say, fear not the neti pot!

If you're like me, the first time you hear about the neti pot, "Eeww" is the only thing that comes to mind. It took urgent need to heal a sinus infection before a plane flight to convince me to try it. And by gum, it worked!

Now I'm a neti pot cheerleader.

Just what is a neti pot? It's a ceramic vessel that looks like a gravy boat morphed with Aladdin's lamp. Developed over centuries in Ayurvedicmedicine, it's used to rinse the nasal passages.

Using the neti pot can help ward off and cure symptoms of allergies, colds, flu and dry weather irritations. Many people also experience animproved sense of smell and taste, sharpened vision, reduced dark circles under the eyes and even reduced snoring.

In order to have a pleasant neti experience, use distilled or spring water; tap water can be harsh unless the chlorine and chemicals are filtered. I recommend buying a saline solution specifically made for neti pot use; avoid salt with iodine. Also, check the temperature...not too hot, not too cold. If you follow the instructions, and use these helpful hints, you'll find the process to be far easier than it looks.

With all the conversation about the high cost of health insurance, I believe we have to do all we can to raise our personal levels of wellness and lower the risks of infecting others. The neti pot can really help.

Instructions for using the neti pot

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