©Melissa Villamizar‘Tis the season for sinus infections! Almost everyone in the office has gotten some sort of flu, virus or sinus infection in the last two weeks. Well, I am determined NOT to catch anything! However, I feel terrible. I feel a sinus infection coming on, and there’s absolutely NO way I will take antibiotics. So in the spirit of “sinus infection season”, I thought I would share with you my steps towards a homeopathic cure.

Sinus infections can be caused by viral, fungal or bacterial infections, allergies and/or autoimmune diseases, and are highly contagious. So thank you to everyone in the office for sharing, that was kind of you. Let’s clink glasses and “cheers” with glasses of apple cider vinegar.

Noted as “the best remedy” to stop a sinus infection, it works best when taken immediately upon onset of symptoms. This magical mixture consists of 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 8 ounces of water. It’s “supposed” to be consumed “all at once.” Good luck with that, this stuff takes some getting used to. If you’d rather sip on it, you can mix 1/8 – 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar in 16 oz. of water, and sip on it throughout the day. This works well if you have an existing sinus infection as well. Apple cider vinegar is one of the best old-school remedies for just about anything. Sit down with your Grandmother, and ask her about apple cider vinegar. She’ll likely tell you it cures everything! However, one of the reasons it works so well in regards to clearing sinuses is because it thins mucus. It should also be noted that the ACV remedy must be started at the onset of symptoms, as starting it too late could prove ineffective.

It should also be noted that if you have a sinus infection, it would be wise to avoid all mucus-forming foods, such as dairy (ice cream, milk, cheese), gluten (wheat, oats, barley, bread, cereal), fried/fatty foods, sugar (sweets, pastries, soda, chocolate) and animal products (meat, eggs). These foods are typically more difficult for the body to digest, increasing the production of mucus.

Instead, increase your consumption of mucus-clearing foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables (especially citrus fruits and grapes), onions, garlic, cayenne pepper, horseradish and ginger. Also, if you are sick, it is best to consume foods in liquid form, because the energy that your body saves digesting food can be used to help you get well again. So if you’re really feeling icky, try juicing your fruits and vegetables or making a smoothie or a soup.

Cheers to a mucus-free fall! I’ll drink to that! (Apple cider vinegar, of course).

Update 9/30/11: I am happy to report that I do not have, nor did I ever get, a sinus infection. Hooray! Good job ACV! The first day (the day I wrote this), I sipped on ACV and water all day. I immediately felt better. There was less pressure in my sinuses, and I felt like my nose was running, yes! Mucus was draining! The 2nd day, I didn’t do anything, then day 3 and 4 (today is 4), I have been doing a little sipping again for good measure, as I do feel some pressure again. I can say though, that I do see a significant difference after drinking the ACV. I’ve also been on allergy medication for decades, and I actually stopped taking my Claritin this week because I read these drugs can be a factor in causing respiratory infections and sinus infections. Taking that medicine gives my liver something else to process, which can increase mucus production. Since that is the exact opposite of what I’m trying to do, I cut it altogether. Risky, since every time I try to “kick” my allergy meds, I end up with a respiratory infection, but I’m feelin’ good! Raw foods and ACV are here to save the day!