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Nasal Congestion can prove to be quite uncomfortable especially when it comes to breathing freely. I would know since I've experienced it. One thing I've discovered is that my congestion had a lot to do with my gut. Yes, my gut and how imbalanced it was. Yikes!!
Years of dealing with my allergies and excess mucus accompanied by horrible nasal congestion, I realized that a lot of it had to do with my imbalanced gut especially after seeing great results from taking probiotics and digestive enzymes regularly.
How Are They Linked?
Well from my experience, I've noticed that when my digestive system is functioning properly as far as eliminating every day as well as more than once a day, my congestion is minimized. But when it's not working at an optimal level as far as me not getting enough veggies and/or probiotics, I've noticed that my congestion is horrible.
Based on my experience, I realize that once the gut is repaired and digesting properly, my congestion is not as troublesome.
When it comes to certain foods that I have an allergy towards such as dairy, nuts, and certain fruits and vegetable, my congestion rears its head but as soon as I take a digestive enzyme to break down the protein, my stomach is able to digest properly which ultimately clears up my congestion. Voila! It's really amazing and has taken me a little while along with trial and error to figure that out. And, yeah as well as listening to my body.
My imbalanced gut came from years of taking antibiotics due to my ear infections that I would get from sinusitis which stemmed from my allergies. I would probably suffer twice a year from an ear infection. I am happy to report that I have not had an ear infection since around 2007 due to the use of a neti pot and other healthier options.
Back then when I was taking antibiotics, I wasn't aware that I should've been taking a probiotic to reintroduce the good bacteria back into my gut. I feel that years of taking antibiotics led to my gut becoming imbalanced. After having our second little one, I felt that my body became even more imbalanced and out of sorts.
I considered my imbalanced gut to also be an inflamed gut due to all of the excess mucus that my body tends to produce because of my allergies. I really had to figure out a combination of natural methods to help resolve it.
If you are suffering from constant stomach pain and gas stomach pains to name a few, you may have an imbalanced gut.
Also, take note if you are on a ton of antibiotics. And if you are, are you reintroducing good bacteria back into your tummy by taking a probiotic?
Take note at what you are eating as well. Are you getting enough fruits and veggies which have all of the nutrients you need that will support a healthy digestive tract?
Does your diet consist of a lot of sugary, fatty foods with little to no nutritional value?
Start a journal to see exactly what is going into your tummy.
I must say that doing many things have helped to repair my digestive tract and that it's best to look at it from that view point as far as you may have to try numerous ways to help repair it.
I first started taking an antioxidant and antiimflammatory, OPC-3 for a natural mucus relief and then worked my way up from there. The OPC-3 helps tremendously with inflammation. After starting with that, I then began to take probiotics and digestive enzymes. I also take Complete Greens which gives my body additional probiotics and additional greens my tummy needs. The powder is not that appetizing but I take it anyway because of the benefits. It can also be mixed in pancakes, shakes, etc. and also comes in tablet form.
A combination of these things, including the use of my awesome neti has helped my constant stomach pain due to the imbalance and ultimately my nasal congestion as well.