Natural health: Constipation and sinus problems

Q. I have dealt with constipation for most of my life, and have found that this can be successfully avoided by certain dietary choices. 

All works well until I go on holiday and tend to stray from my eating plan.

Is there anything that I can take as a convenient quick-fix solution? 

I don’t like laxative products, and find that they often result in painful cramping and even some close calls where I only just make it to the toilet in time.

A. Constipation can certainly be more of an issue if you are relaxing the rules around certain foods or ingredients that you know act as triggers.

Another aspect of ‘vacation constipation’ is being in unfamiliar surroundings where you are less likely to relax in the bathroom while visiting, or even finding yourself having to put off the urge to go when you are unable to find a toilet nearby.

Staying hydrated is key, but it will only help so much. The best product that I have found as a sure-fire evacuation method is Oxy-Powder Colon Cleanser from the US.

You will need to use it when you have access to a toilet until at least lunchtime the next day.

There is a suggested cleansing routine developed by the manufacturer to go along with these capsules. However, simply taking a one-off dose as needed of four capsules about an hour before bedtime with a pint glass of warm water and the juice of a lemon will relieve your problem.

Oxy-Powder contains complex oxides of magnesium and peroxides of magnesium stabilized with ozone and oxygen at high pressure and low temperature to ensure oxygen is stable and non-reactive until it is ingested and slowly released in the acidic environment of the stomach. 

It is designed to slowly release oxygen when the citric acid combines with the hydrochloric acid already in your stomach. For more information, check out www.oxypowder.com.

You can purchase Oxy-Powder capsules from The Wellbeing Clinic ( http://thewellbeingclinic.ie ) where 120 capsules cost €45.71.

Q. My mother-in-law has ongoing trouble with her sinuses and has recently seen a new doctor who recommends that she try a neti pot to clear the sinuses. 

She has purchased the pot but is apprehensive about using it. Can you explain how it works?

A. Having used a neti pot some years ago myself, I completely understand the apprehension at using it for the first time.

Using a small teapot-like device to pour salt water through your nasal passages may seem strange at first but once your mother-in-law has done it once or twice, she will find that it becomes a simple daily routine.

The practice of Jala neti is best done after a hot morning shower, because the heat and steam will help to loosen mucous so that the flushing is even more effective. 

She will need to fill the neti pot with lukewarm distilled water and add ¼-½ teaspoon of sea salt, stirring to dissolve. Then it is best to lean over the handbasin and look downwards, placing the spout inside the nostril, forming a seal to avoid leaks.

It is important to breathe through the mouth so that the water doesn’t drain down the back of the throat, then tilt the head sideways, pouring the water gently into the top nostril and allow the saline solution to drain into the basin through the lower nostril. 

When the neti pot is empty, remove the spout, and exhale through both nostrils into a handkerchief or tissue. Repeat for the remaining nostril.

She should begin with the smaller amount of salt and work her way towards the full half teaspoon as she gets used to the process.

It is important to keep her neti pot clean, and that it is not shared with anyone.

Neti pots have long been used in India to help with chronic sinus conditions, allergies, asthma, cold and flu symptoms, upper respiratory infections, and ear, nose and throat (ENT) infections.

Regular nasal irrigation may even prevent the need for drug therapy in treating persistent blockage of the nasal passages.


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