It is that time of year again, cold and flu season. Colds seem to come out of nowhere and then suddenly everyone is sniffling. It makes sense that we are more susceptible to colds during a change of season, but what can we do to prevent them? One way to LIVE more comfortably and healthily is to incorporate the use of a neti pot into your daily routine. Jala Neti is an ancient yoga practice with many health benefits. In addition to preventing colds, it is beneficial for those suffering from asthma, bronchitis, allergies, headaches, migraines and middle ear infections.
It is a simple process of flushing out the nasal passages with a solution of warm distilled water and non iodized salt. The salt water solution is poured into one nostril, so that it leaves through the other. The procedure is then repeated on the other side. Neti removes all the dirt and bacteria filled mucus from within the nose and helps to drain the sinus cavities. It takes a little getting used to, but after the first try you will find it to be a really soothing experience. The good news is that the Neti Pot is now easily and inexpensively purchased at your local pharmacy. They come with detailed instructions and are available with individually prepackaged saline packets to make the experience even more user friendly. The entire process only requires a minute or two, so there is really no reason not to.
Even Oprah Winfrey and Dr Oz advocate using the Neti Pot. Dr Oz states that using the Neti Pot is more effective than medication. “The (ear, nose and throat] doctors who are specialists in this area will often say this is a better treatment than a lot of the other drugs that we try to offer folks, because it mechanically cleans out the problem,” he says.
Don’t wait until you have a sniffle to start using the Neti Pot. Remember that you are trying to prevent that cold from starting. Think of it exactly as you would think about brushing your teeth. Make it a part of your daily routine. By incorporating this small daily change you will begin to feel better and stay healthier.