Salt and Wonders of Using a Neti Pot
I used to suffer from frequent sinus infections, and my doctor used to give me Penicillin prescriptions. The use of prescription pills eventually combated the infection and got me back to normal.
The sad thing is that with frequently using that type of therapy, I became allergic to all of the Penicillin drugs. This is not good because it wiped out an entire arsenal of antibiotics that might serve to combat vicious infections in the future.
Mother Knows Best!
I should have listened to my mother. She had told me for years that sniffing up some saltwater would be useful instead of relying upon antibiotics. She was a great one in trusting tried, and accurate, holistic methods passed down through her family. My mother undoubtedly learned that from her mother.
Mothers often know best.
Salt an Essential Element
One of the many essential elements of human life, as well as many other life forms, is salt. While the composition of our bodies is made up of an average of 70% of water, only a fraction of that is salt. We cannot live without it. Our bodies do not produce sodium, so we need to get outside sources of it.
Sodium, chlorine, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and several other elements are just as important as oxygen in being able to live and function healthily.
The makeup of the salt we consume is primarily made up of a mixture of sodium and chloride. There may be a few other trace elements and some that might be purposely added such as iodine or fluoride for health considerations.
Many Uses of Salt
Salt has been used for numerous purposes other than that which we consume. It has a long history going back to the earliest times of human habitation on earth.
- Preservation of foods before refrigeration was an early use of salt.
- It has religious significance.
- Salt has been used as an article of trade and has many industrial purposes. Because of this, wars have even been fought over who could control this all-important substance.
How Salt is Harvested From Sea Water
The Great Salt Lake
When my mother, niece, and I traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah many years ago, we viewed salt that was being harvested from evaporation from the Great Salt Lake.
It is 8th largest landlocked saltwater lake in the entire world. We chose not to swim or float in the Great Salt Lake. It in truth was rather smelly!
The water level changes through the years depending upon wet seasons or those of drought. I have to think that when my grandmother enjoyed floating in that same water decades earlier, perhaps the water level was higher and not quite so odoriferous.
Our seas are a significant source of salt. Since most of our planet consists of saltwater, we have just about an inexhaustible source of it.
Salt and Cell Function
- Sodium is an electrolyte and is responsible for the nerve impulses being transmitted throughout our bodies.
- Our blood (the majority of which is made up of water) carries oxygen and nutrients to all of the cells within our bodies.
- Our cells function well when all of our electrolytes are in balance. Our muscles, as well as our brains, would not perform as they should if we lack the correct balance of sodium and the other electrolytes.
- Our fluid balance will also be out of whack if these necessary electrolytes are not correctly balanced.
Most of us who eat western diets need not worry about taking in enough sodium. We often consume more than what is recommended for optimal health, a whopping 3,400 milligrams on average. Fortunately for those of us with healthy kidneys, any excesses are typically excreted in our urine. Through our tears and sweat, we also eliminate sodium. That is why our tears can taste salty.
How Much Salt?
So how much should we be consuming daily? That depends upon which source is consulted. A Harvard health study is just one of many health organizations that have tried to find out what amount of sodium intake is recommended. If a person has high blood pressure, which might lead to strokes or heart attacks, the recommendation is to cut way back. There may as well be other health considerations. The AMA generally recommends trying to hit a target range of no more than 1500 to 2300 milligrams of salt consumption daily. Two thousand three hundred milligrams is the equivalent of 1 teaspoon of salt.
Please consult your physician when it comes to deciding salt consumption and your health considerations.
Table Salt vs. Sea Salt
Neti Pot To The Rescue!
Now that we know that salt is a regular and integral part of the fluids in our bodies, it made good sense to use it to treat sinus infections holistically.
Many bottled saline solutions can be sprayed into nostrils to alleviate stuffiness and bathe the mucous membranes with natural moisture. I had tried some of them and had limited success with regard to a raging sinus infection.
I had heard of the Neti Pot. Practically every drug store in America has them, and they are inexpensive. The one I have came from either Walgreens or CVS and mine is a plastic one that also came with little packets of a dry salt mixture that you mix with body temperature warm water.
The directions are to insert the small opening of the Neti pot into one nostril while tilting your head and hanging over a sink. Breathe through your mouth and let the salt solution bathe your sinuses. Do the same for each nostril. The water will exit through your other nostril into the sink.
Below is a video showing just how easy it is to use a Neti pot.
Using a Neti Pot is Easy!
Using a Neti Pot
I just thought that I would share what has genuinely helped me about battling sinus infections. Using the salt solution with the use of a Neti pot helped clear up bacterial infections even faster than the use of antibiotics that I used to take.
Supposedly it also helps with allergies if used daily.
If you have used a Neti pot, please let me know if it helps you as much as it seems to help me by leaving your comment in the comment section below. Thanks!
Disclaimer: In no way is this information intended to take the place of your doctor's advice. This health information offered above is simply a starting point for consideration and discussion with your medical professional.
Have you used a Neti pot?
This is the exact type of Neti pot that I purchased. It comes with a good supply of individual packets of salt. More salt packets can be purchased separately when needed. A little plastic spoon is included to stir and dissolve the salt in warmed water.
I would highly recommend this! I no longer get prescriptions for sinus infections but treat them successfully by using this instead.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2017 Peggy Woods