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Send Seasonal Allergies Away with Salt Therapy

Summer is a great season. You have days you can spend lounging by a pool, eating ice cream and forgetting about all troubles. You also don’t have to worry about your toes freezing off if you’re outside for too long. It’s a beautiful season for many, but others dread the coming of summer. About one in five Canadians suffer from seasonal allergies.

Seasonal allergies are just what they sound like. They’re allergies that only come up during certain times of the year. They can also be referred to as hay fever or allergic rhinitis. Unfortunately, seasonal allergies are triggered by common things we see outside every day. The most common triggers are trees, grass and ragweed. Typically, tree allergies come up around the start of April. That’s followed by grass allergies, which come up mid-summer. Lastly, ragweed season is from the end of summer to around October.

It is very typical that a person can be allergic to all three, making the agony drag on. What these three triggers have in common is that the allergic trigger is pollen. A plant containing pollen will release it into the air from its spores. When someone who is allergic to pollen comes into contact with it, their immune system treats it as an invader. The body then proceeds to release a chemical called histamine. Histamine is one of the substances responsible for the symptoms on inflammation. It’s a major reason for running of the nose, sneezing, and itching when experiencing an allergic reaction.

Seasonal Allergies Symptoms

The symptoms of seasonal allergies are manageable, but not very pleasant to deal with. Imagine having the symptoms of a cold all summer only for stepping outside. As previously mentioned, the chemical histamine is responsible for the symptoms experienced with allergies. Histamine boosts the blood flow to the area affected by the allergy, going into attack mode. It can cause inflammation and it lets other chemicals step in to do some repair work.

For example, if the allergy affected your nose, histamine will prompt it to create more mucus. You’ll have a runny nose and be continuously sneezing in order to get rid of the allergen. Histamine is prone to overreact because it thinks your body needs to be defended. This is a good thing, but it can also lead to more serious symptoms. An overreaction of histamine can cause headaches and breathing issues if it gets out of hand.

For pollen allergies, the most common symptoms are sneezing, coughing, nasal congestion and watery eyes. Imagine trying to go outside for a walk and having to face the fact you probably won’t be able to stay out for long. All because of allergies. Luckily, there are some treatments that can make life a little easier.

Seasonal allergies

Treatment and Help in Allergies

One treatment option are antihistamines. They work by blocking the site where histamine binds to in order to cause the allergic reaction. Reactine is a perfect example that provides quick relief. Another common treatment used are intro-nasal steroids. They block the inflammatory signals your body releases to cause symptoms. Additionally, they also signal to the body to provide anti-inflammatory proteins that help reduce swelling. A drawback this has however is that intranasal steroids sometimes may not provide relief instantaneously. In order to get maximum relief, it’s recommended the product is continuously used for 1 to 2 weeks.

If your body doesn’t severely react to the allergy in question, immunotherapy could also be something to consider. The way immunotherapy works is that a series of injections is given by healthcare professional. These injections have a concentration of the trigger allergy. The goal is to increase tolerance of the allergens over time as well as reducing the reaction to the allergy. In some cases, the allergy symptoms stop completely. Lastly, an impactful treatment that can be considered is salt therapy.

How Salt Therapy helps in Allergies?

Salt therapy is the process of breathing in microscopic salt particles. What a lot of people don’t know about salt is that it’s an anti-inflammatory and mucolytic element. When these particles travel throughout the respiratory system, they liquefy the secretions and reduce the inflammation you may have. Salt is also an antibacterial. Bacteria can trigger an infection and complicate an allergy. Since salt absorbs bacteria, it also reduces its growth and multiplication. This can make the symptoms less severe when an allergic reaction does happen. Salt is also known to desensitize the respiratory mucosa to allergens, with long term exposure. Lastly, the best perk of salt therapy is that it is completely non-invasive. No pills, sprays or injections. All you need to do is be in the same room as your salt machine.

You should never let anything get in the way of living your best possible life. Not even an allergy. Salt therapy can provide you with all the relief you need. It can even be used in conjunction with other treatments with no consequences at all. See for yourself and let salt therapy take care of those pesky allergies for you.

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Vaping Lung Disease: Our Greatest Danger

We all have experiences that make us feel good. It could be baking or going on long walks. Others might prefer an adrenaline rush like skiing down steep mountains or dirt bike racing. Unfortunately, some choose to take the dark road of feeling good like smoking cigarettes or trying drugs. Lately, a new trend that’s been extremely popular with all age groups is vaping. From afar, vaping looks like a great option compared to smoking. However, repeated vaping can lead to serious consequences, including vaping lung disease.

What is Vaping?

Vaping is the act of inhaling aerosol, often referred to as water vapour. Vaping can be done through purchasing an e-cigarette or other devices like the JUUL. At first, vapes were introduced as a way to quit smoking. Markets advertised it as a safe water vapour with a wide range of flavours to choose from. This was a great way to transition from cigarettes for highly addicted smokers and was considered a safer option. However, research has proved this wrong. While vaping may have less chemicals than a tobacco cigarette, it’s still extremely harmful to your heart and lungs.

Furthermore, vaping is just as addictive in smoking. The vaping industry takes pride in the fact that their vapes contain less nicotine than a cigarette. But if someone wants a nicotine buzz, they’ll smoke more of the vape to reach the desired amount of nicotine. This trend is also very problematic for youth. The variety of tasty flavours draws younger crowds to this device as well, leading to more addictions. People who would’ve never taken up this habit otherwise, are now engaging in vaping.

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Vaping Side Effects 

                The evidence on the dangers of vaping is growing. Firstly, nicotine is still an ingredient. Due to the fact it’s a highly addictive substance, this can lead to extreme dependence. Exposure to nicotine can affect your memory and concentration. It’s also known to alter teenage brain development. Alteration of the brain at a young age can lead to reduced impulse control and behavioural problems. Looking into ingredients, vaping substances contain vegetable glycerine and propylene glycol. While these products are used in things like cosmetics and sweeteners, the safety of inhaling these products is still unknown. Lastly, vapes may not have any tobacco in them but they have a high number of other chemicals. These are linked to an increased risk in cancer.

Vaping Lung Disease

                As previously mentioned, vapes contain glycerine and propylene. What’s important to note is that these products being inhaled are oil based. Our lungs are not made to handle oil particles. Thus, the lungs cannot be cleansed due to oil accumulation. When your respiratory system isn’t cleaned properly, your airways become clogged and inflamed. The lungs alveoli become covered in oil base substance and prevent the oxygen exchange. You’ll be at risk for more lung illnesses such as pneumonia, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder) and bronchitis. Those who vape are at a risk of becoming a victim of vaping lung disease. Vaping illness starts out with treatable symptoms like a fever or a cough. It can quickly fall downhill from there. Other symptoms include becoming extremely short of breath and possible lung failure. Some may even need help to breathe with a ventilator during recovery.

Vaping Illness and Salt Therapy

            A treatment that can help with the severe side effects of vaping is salt therapy. Salt therapy is a natural and non-invasive treatment designed to target the respiratory system. It involves inhaling salt particles invisible to the eye. Salt helps to clear the airways and absorbs irritants and toxins. Your airways will be less irritable and clearer. Clear airways significantly improve lung function because more oxygen is able to enter.

Salt therapy is also extremely beneficial because salt has anti inflammatory properties. Thus, it reduces swelling. Breathing will become easier and lung capacity will continuously increase. A common problem is that people like to smoke or vape when they’re stressed. Salt therapy can help with that too! Salt contains negative ions, which are known as natural anti-depressants. Negative ions are found in nature settings like a beach or waterfall. They encourage the body to relax, giving you that lightweight feeling you normally feel on vacation. It’s important to note salt therapy can relieve the effects of vaping, but won’t completely heal damaged lungs. The best choice you can make for your lungs is to quit vaping and work towards a healthier lifestyle.

There’s no shame in admitting you need help to get off a bad habit. There’s also no such thing as too late to try. Find better experiences for yourself and consider purchasing a salt machine. Salt therapy can be done in your home, giving you the privacy and comfort of not having to leave. Let a little change give your life a big impact. Try salt therapy today!

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Salt Therapy for Infants: A Safe Infant Cold Medicine

When you’re expecting a child, you feel a whole roller coaster of emotions. Some days, you feel ready to take on this new chapter in your life. Other days, you’re convinced you aren’t ready. When your baby has made it into this new world safe and sound, your mind eases a little. It doesn’t seem to be that difficult. All your baby is doing is eating and sleeping for the most part. Parenting is a learning process; you catch on to what you should be doing to help your child by instinct. Unfortunately, no one ever said parenting is easy. Sometimes you’ll find yourself stuck in situations where you feel like you’ve done everything you can, yet no improvement. This can happen even with a common infant cold medicine sometime.

Infant Cold Medicine

            The common cold is a typical thing that an adult goes through, particularly when the seasons are changing. While the symptoms are irritating, they’re bearable. For babies, it’s an entirely different story. Due to babies being more fragile, a cold can extremely affect them. They won’t be able to breathe properly and will probably be up all night with a fever and cough.  It’s a very stressful time for the parent because most are unsure on what to do. Some debate going to the doctor right away while others decide to wait it out. Waiting it out with an infant is never a good idea. Because a cold is often caused by a virus, there’s no way to treat it. There’s medications and remedies you can take to help alleviate symptoms, but that’s about it.

Similarly, there’s medicine for babies that help relieve cold symptoms. It’s important to consider giving your baby medicine because unlike adults, babies are frail. Colds for infants can actually become more severe if left untreated. The problem is, depending on the medication and age of your infant, you might not be able to use it. You have to wait until your child is over three months to be able to use fever relievers. Even longer with cold and cough medicines. This is especially frustrating for parents of newborn children. You have resources available, but you’re unable to use them.

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Newborn Baby Cold Home Remedies

            When you aren’t able to use infant cold medicine, your best bet is home remedies. It’s important not to feel discouraged. When done correctly, home remedies can improve your child’s condition significantly. For a baby that young, hydration and humidity will be your best friends. Just like us, babies should be keeping their fluid levels up when suffering from a cold. For a baby that young, no water is needed. Breast (or formula) milk works just as well. Try increasing the frequency of feeding time until your infant is feeling strong again.

Humidity will set the healing atmosphere your child needs to get better again. You can either purchase a humidifier to put in the room, or a steamy bathroom will do the trick.  Use a salt machine to help thin out nasal secretions and open the airways.  Your baby will start breathing comfortably again, easing their pain and alleviating your stress.

Home Remedies for Cold and Cough for Babies

            For babies above one year, you have more variety in what home remedies you can use. Warm beverages, elevating the head and honey can be considered in treating your child. Unfortunately, most kids are very stubborn and will refuse to take what you’re giving them. Consequently, they’re not getting better. A simple solution to fix that is salt therapy. A salt machine reduces the salt into microscopic particles and releases them into the room. When inhaled, the salt will reduce inflammation and break up mucus in the respiratory system, leaving you with clear airways.

Your child won’t even notice they’re undergoing salt therapy for the reason being that it’s non-invasive. The best part is salt therapy can be used by all ages! Gone are the days where you have to worry about what medication your child can or cannot take. Salt therapy truly has no side effects. Just turn your salt machine on and let the salt do its work.

As a parent, it’s stressful seeing your young child sick. All those sleepless nights, keeping watch to make sure they’re still breathing and don’t have a fever. Salt therapy can make your infant’s cold more manageable, while easing your mind as well. This natural treatment is effortless and painless, with no aftereffects either. No force feeding or bribing needed, all your child has to do breathe. Salt therapy is an inclusive treatment that only does good things for your body. Salt therapy not only help fighting colds but also strengthens the respiratory immunity. Try salt therapy today and say ‘adieu’ to your child’s cold that seemed so invincible.

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Ease your Emphysema with Salt Therapy

We have many things in the body that’s replaceable, or that we can even live without. While it takes time, hair grows back easily. Your skin regenerates itself every three to four weeks. If you have a problem with your appendix, a simple surgery removes it and you’ll feel good as new. You can even live with one kidney! However, one thing that’s extremely hard to live without are your lungs. Yes, it’s possible to live with one lung, but it’s an extremely challenging life. That’s why it’s important to take care of our lungs. Otherwise, some conditions or illnesses could arise that change your lifestyle forever. Lets talk more about Emphysema and salt therapy, a natural way to keep your lungs active and healthy!

What is Emphysema?

Emphysema is a lung condition causing shortness of breath. Paired with chronic bronchitis, emphysema can form into another respiratory illness called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). People with emphysema have their alveoli damaged, which are the air sacs in the lungs. The alveoli are very small and fragile air sacs, located in clusters at the end of the bronchial tubes. We have about three hundred million alveoli in our lungs. They’re all responsible for transporting oxygen into the blood and forcing carbon dioxide out. With the damage emphysema brings to the alveoli, they cannot support the bronchial tubes. The tubes are at high risk of collapsing and can cause a blockage, trapping air inside the lungs. There are also less healthy alveoli in your lungs, meaning less oxygen will be able to make its way to the bloodstream.

Emphysema and Salt Therapy

Emphysema is rarely genetic. If you have a history of respiratory illness in your family, you may be more prone to getting it. However, the number one factor of emphysema diagnoses is smoking.  Cigarette smoke not only aggravates the airways, but it also damages the lungs. You’re left with mucus production, swollen airways, and struggling on clearing your airways from cigarette tar. This will all lead to shortness of breath. Other causes of emphysema include air pollutants and respiratory infections. Due to smoking being the main cause of emphysema, it’s one of the most preventable respiratory conditions. However, once you get it, the damage is irreversible. It’s very unlikely that your ability to breathe properly will be fully restored.

Emphysema Symptoms

             You may not even notice you have emphysema because it takes some time to develop. The two common symptoms that appear in the early stages are a long-term cough and shortness of breath. You could only be feeling these symptoms after some physical activities, but as the condition progresses, you may start feeling short of breath when you’re simply just resting.

            In the later stages, some symptoms can include: a large amount of mucus, frequent lung infections, morning headaches due to lack of oxygen, severe wheezing, and chest tightness. By this late stage, it’s important you’ve touched base with a doctor so an accurate course of treatment can be provided. Left untreated, emphysema can result in a collapsed lung and even heart problems.

Emphysema and Salt Therapy Treatment

            While there is no cure, many options are available for treatment. In early stages of the illness, a doctor will most likely prescribe you antibiotics. Sprays inhaled or taken orally are highly recommended as well because they help relieve the symptoms by relaxing the airways and widening the passages.  In later stages, more intense treatments like steroids, oxygen therapy, and even a lung transplant are considered. It all depends on the condition of the person and what a medical expert feels would be best.

A safe and very reliable option that can be used to treat emphysema is salt therapy. Salt therapy can improve the function of the lungs and relieve emphysema symptoms. Salt particles invisible to the eye will travel down into the lungs and treat the damaged tissue. While this won’t heal it completely, it greatly helps with the symptoms. Salt is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal, helping to fight pathogens, reduce inflammation, and strengthen the immunity. You’ll be able to breathe more easily and have more oxygen in your blood.

Salt therapy can also help in clearing the airways. Salt loosens hard mucus up by attracting water to the lining of the respiratory system. By liquidizing the mucus, it’s easier to cough or blow it out. It’s not a cure, but it will greatly relieve the symptoms. Salt therapy is very easy to do: it can be done at home, using a salt machine, and even treating you during your sleep hours. The key benefit of salt therapy is that it’s completely natural and causes no additional side effects. While steroids and other antibiotics are extremely helpful, you don’t know what side-effects will be triggered and what can happen in the long term. Salt therapy is a completely transparent treatment and you can only benefit from it!

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Salt Therapy: Improving Bronchitis Symptoms

It is summer time, but only now are temperatures starting to feel like a weekend trip to the beach may be possible. The weather has been swinging in unpredictable directions lately, from being sunny and warm one day, to cold and rainy the next. These conditions set up the perfect time to easily get sick. Your body can be thrown off with the rapidly changing temperatures and your immune system starts to weaken as well. You begin to feel under the weather. What could have been a simple cold, turns into something that requires weekly trips to your doctor. No one wants that, especially in the summer. We will help you understand more about bronchitis and how salt therapy helps in improving bronchitis symptoms.

Is Bronchitis Contagious?

Due to the fact that acute bronchitis is caused by a viral infection, it can be contagious in the first few days. However, chronic bronchitis is not contagious.

How Salt Therapy Helps Improving Bronchitis?

Salt aerosol has anti-inflammatory, mucolytic and anti-bacterial properties helping to improve bronchitis symptoms.

About Bronchitis

Bronchitis is the inflammation of the bronchial tubes and is typically divided into two categories: acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis is the minor of the two. Most people diagnosed with acute bronchitis take a few weeks to fully recover. Viral infections, like a cold or the flu, tend to be the culprit behind acute bronchitis. Acute bronchitis can also be caused by a bacterial infection, which is more common in young children. Acute bronchitis typically goes away on its own, no treatment needed. Some doctors may still prescribe a medication, it varies by patient. Over the counter medications such as Ibuprofen can also help manage the symptoms, but bronchitis is typically an illness that needs to run its course.

On the other hand, chronic bronchitis is far more serious and should be watched carefully. Chronic bronchitis is a long-term condition. Someone experiencing chronic bronchitis usually has an ongoing cough that lasts for several months. Since the airways are constantly inflamed for patients with chronic bronchitis, it makes it extremely hard to breathe. Chronic bronchitis can also be part of a serious condition called COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Unfortunately, while there are many treatments for chronic bronchitis, it will never go away completely. You’re stuck once you have it.

You’re higher at risk for catching either type of bronchitis if you smoke cigarettes, have asthma or allergies. Chronic bronchitis is often caused by smoking, but non-smokers are still at risk as well. Those who have a family history with respiratory diseases are also more at risk for bronchitis.

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Bronchitis Symptoms

            The bronchial tubes are very important to the respiratory system because they carry airflow from the trachea to the lungs. Think of your respiratory system as a machine. When something as crucial as your bronchial tubes aren’t working properly, other parts will start failing. Some symptoms your body will start feeling include: a hacking cough that produces thick yellow or green mucus, blocked nasal passages, and pain in the chest area when deep breathes are attempted. Symptoms between acute and chronic bronchitis are very similar, the only difference being that symptoms of chronic bronchitis last a few months.

Bronchitis typically has the same symptoms as a common cold, so it can be quite difficult to tell if you have bronchitis the first few days of illness. If you feel as if your symptoms aren’t improving, be sure to see a doctor.

Is Bronchitis Contagious?

Due to the fact that acute bronchitis is caused by a viral infection, it can be contagious in the first few days. To avoid anyone else possibly getting it, be sure that those around you wash your hands frequently and keep a safe distance for a few days. Chronic bronchitis is not contagious at all.

A natural treatment that can help prevent you from catching bronchitis in the first place, beside improving bronchitis symptoms, is salt therapy. Salt therapy is known to strengthen your immune system. Salt has high levels of negative ions. Negative ions improve the function of your cilia in your respiratory tract. Cilia are hair like structures that run along your respiratory tract. The stronger they are, the more dirt and dust they’re able to keep out of your lungs. Your lungs will be protected from irritation and inflammation, therefore leading to less instances of other respiratory illnesses.

How Salt Therapy helps Improving Bronchitis Symptoms?

Since salt has anti-inflammatory properties, the release of small salt particles in the air will reduce inflammation of the bronchial tracts, making this treatment very helpful for those suffering from bronchitis as well. The airways will retract, air flow will improve, and it’ll feel easier to breathe. Salt therapy will also liquefy built-up mucus, making it easier to expel. As your respiratory tract widens and clears, you’ll find your coughing diminishing as well.

The time to try salt therapy is now! It’s natural, cost effective compared to other medication, and you can use this treatment over and over again. Salt therapy has no side effects and can be used at home during your sleep hours. This is a great benefit for those suffering from a chronic respiratory conditions. While you may still need medication when you are ill, salt therapy is a perfect way to assist in relieving your symptoms quickly and efficiently.

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Controlling Your Wheezing With Salt Therapy

How to stop wheezing

It’s very easy to downplay catching your breath as a simple joke. Many people blame breathing problems on old age or not being fit enough. While it’s funny most of the time, if you feel short of breath most days, that’s a warning sign for you. You may think there’s no harm in taking a little while longer in catching your breath, but your respiratory system is begging for help. A common reason as to why you feel so short of breath is wheezing.

What is Wheezing ?

Wheezing is a high-pitched whistling sound made while breathing and can occur while you breathe in or out. It can sometimes be accompanied by a tight feeling in your chest. Wheezing mainly arises due to inflammation and narrowing of airways in your throat or lungs.  These are common symptoms in many respiratory illnesses, such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), bronchitis, asthma, and many more. Wheezing doesn’t usually require any medical intervention. However, it is important to see a doctor if the wheezing becomes recurring or gives you severe difficulty breathing.

How to stop wheezing

Wheezing at night

Also known as nocturnal asthma, is very unpleasant. For reasons that have yet to be proven, studies have shown that the chances of experiencing asthma symptoms are higher during sleep. Some possible explanations as to why this is includes: increased exposure to allergens, cooling of airways, sleep positioning, hormone secretions, and possible change in bronchial function. The exact reasoning is still yet to be found. With nocturnal asthma, you experience things like chest tightness and shortness of breath while you’re trying to sleep. This leads to wheezing during the night and leaves you feeling unrested. You wake up the next morning feeling irritable and not up to any task. Imagine if you experienced this most nights, you’d feel like a walking zombie.

Wheezing Cough

Wheezing and coughing usually go together hand in hand. With your airways feeling irritated and inflamed, you have the urge to cough more. It’s normal to let a few coughs out, but sometimes the coughing can get so severe that it becomes a wheezing cough. It’s very hard to catch your breath in between coughs and it’s been described as a similar feeling to choking.

Baby Wheezing

In the first stage of your child’s life, parenting can be very scary and intimidating. You are now responsible for the small human being that looks very breakable. Naturally, the instinct is to hover. So, when your infant’s breathing starts changing, you worry. Is this supposed to happen? Should I call a doctor? Wheezing can actually be quite common for a baby. Due to their airways being so small, it’s very easy for a baby to have breathing difficulty. Small grunts or sighs are nothing to be worried about. Nor is slowed breathing when sleeping. The only red flag for baby wheezing is hearing a consistent whistle-like noise. That’s when you know it’s time to take your child to see a doctor. Some possible causes behind your baby wheezing can be allergies, bronchiolitis, or asthma. Hearing your baby being diagnosed is never fun, but all these conditions are very treatable and regulated easily.

How to Stop Wheezing

Alongside taking the medication prescribed by your doctor, you can also take steps to stop your current wheezing and prevent future episodes. The first step is making sure you are hydrated at all times, preferably with warm liquids such as tea or warm lemon water. Since wheezing is a side effect of multiple respiratory conditions, mucus buildup in your airways will be a common problem. Drinking warm liquids can help break up tough mucus and ease congestion. Another immense help is moist air. Think of all those steamy hot showers you take when you’re feeling under the weather or how good you feel when you set up a humidifier in your room. There’s no greater feeling than the feeling of your airways unclogging.

Another home remedy that’s not as commonly known is salt therapy. Salt therapy is the inhalation of microscopic salt particles. This natural and non-invasive remedy cleanses the respiratory system, killing all harmful bacteria. Due to salt having anti-inflammatory traits, it significantly decreases the inflammation in the airways, making it less likely for more wheezing to occur. Salt therapy can also boost your immune system and make the wheezing lessen. With a clean respiratory system and the salt being able to kill off bacteria, your air tracts will be able to stay healthy.  Try salt therapy today and say goodbye to wheezing!

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Sinus Infection: How to Treat Sinus Infection

Sinus Infection

Winter is the best time to get a cold. No matter how many blankets you sleep with, or how many layers you put on before going outside, you’re bound to get sick at least once during the winter season. This is because our immune systems are low, making it very easy for bacteria and viruses to attack the body. This can make a small cold last up to weeks, or worsen the condition into something else, like a sinus infection.

What is a Sinus Infection?

A sinus infection, also known as sinusitis, is the swelling of your sinuses. Sinuses are cavities in your body that produce mucus. Your nasal passages need this mucus to do their job properly. You usually think of mucus as a bad thing, but it’s important to have some mucus in your respiratory system. Mucus helps trap incoming dirt particles from entering your body. When these cavities are infected, it barricades the flow of your natural nasal secretions. This means the mucus can’t get to the dirt particles, therefore allowing the bacteria to grow and make your condition worse.

Symptoms of a sinus infection depend on the individual. It’s very easy to misdiagnose a sinus infection as a cold because of the typical symptoms. These are like a cough, sore throat, and nasal congestion with thick secretions. A small but distinguishable symptom between a cold and a sinus infection is that a sinus infection will affect all areas of the respiratory system. A cold isn’t like that, sometimes only your nose and throat may hurt.

Sinus Infection

Types of Sinus Infections

Sinus infections branch off into four different categories: acute, subacute, chronic, and recurring. Acute sinus infections are the mildest of them all, and usually dissipate on their own without the need for medication. This type of sinus infection is usually mistaken for a cold since the symptoms are the exact same: headaches, congestion, sore throat, and weariness. Acute sinusitis also lasts as long as a cold, about seven to ten days. Subacute sinus infections are the same as acute sinus infections, only having symptoms last four to eight weeks. This can make the process of healing very tiresome and irksome for the individual. Medication is highly recommended at this level of the infection.

Chronic sinus infections are when the infection has been in your body for over twelve weeks. This type of sinus infection also has harsher symptoms. These include loss in sense of smell, facial pain, and intense headaches. Serious medications like steroids and saline rinses are brought in at this stage. Last but not least, a person is diagnosed with recurring sinusitis if they’ve had three or more acute sinus infections over the course of a year. While recurring sinus infections aren’t as severe as chronic ones, antibiotics should still be taken. The patient should still be supervised so that their condition doesn’t degenerate.

How Can I Treat My Sinus Infection?

There are many options to treating a sinus infection. As previously mentioned, antibiotics are highly recommended for the more serious cases. However, while those help to fight the infection internally, some medications don’t always do enough. A natural treatment that has shown to help is salt therapy. Salt therapy is a non-invasive option to relieving your symptoms almost instantaneously! Salt therapy works in a very simple way. All you do is sit and breathe in microscopic salt particles. When these salt particles enter the respiratory system, it’ll begin to break up and loosen the mucus. This will reduce the congestion and you’ll be able to blow or cough it out easily. The salt doesn’t just loosen the mucus.  Salt also contains anti-inflammatory properties. This will help reduce the irritation and swelling in the sinuses.

By targeting the core problem, the other symptoms won’t be as severe as they were before and eventually disappearing altogether. Once you start doing salt therapy frequently, it helps boost your immune system. This lessens the chance of getting another sinus infection in the future. The best part about this treatment is that you don’t even have to leave your house to do it. A purchase of a salt machine can bring salt therapy into the comfort of your own room. All you would have to be doing is relaxing, and letting the salt do its job. With the help of salt therapy, you’ll be feeling boisterous again and ready to get back to your normal activities. Try salt therapy today and see for yourself how good you’ll be feeling again all because of tiny salt particles.

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Salt Therapy: Bringing the Best Experience to London, Canada and Beyond

The weekend is approaching, and you have no idea what plans you want to make. You’re not in the mood for something very big, rather something to help you wind down after a busy week. You don’t want something too expensive either, you’re not trying to make a dent in your bank account. After a few Google searches, you don’t find anything that really fits what you’re looking for. Spa packages are way above your budget, and other activities available don’t really interest you. You frustratingly end the search and deem this weekend as another flop. You may decide to try and relax at home with a few glasses of wine, maybe some Netflix too. But you can add a bit of spice to that. It’s time to find about our London Salt Therapy that will help you relax and strengthen your health.

   What is Salt Therapy?

Salt therapy, also known as halotherapy, is an all-natural treatment where you breathe in minuscule salt particles. These salt particles will travel along your respiratory tracts, clearing and hydrating your tissues. It becomes very easy to cough out and expel mucus, perfect for the endless stuffy nose you have in this dreadful winter season. Salt therapy isn’t just for colds though. It even helps people suffering from asthma, bronchitis, and allergies. Not just from being able to get rid of tough mucus so easily, but salt also contains anti-inflammatory properties.

When you breathe hard and cough a lot, your airways swell since you’re overworking them. When undergoing salt therapy, you won’t feel the need to cough as much and the salt will be able to reduce the swelling and irritation. The best part is you can do whatever you consider as relaxing whilst undergoing this treatment. As long as you’re in the salt room or a room with a salt machine, you are undergoing the treatment.  Salt therapy has been introduced in the London Ontario community recently and there have been only positive things to day. It’s a great option to consider as a small but affordable getaway, even if it’s only for a few hours. Whether you’re at home or in a salt room, salt therapy will make you feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the new week.

Salt Room - Salt Therapy

   Are There Any Additional Benefits?

Absolutely! Contrary to belief, salt doesn’t just improve your respiratory system. Salt therapy has been linked to helping your skin and improving your overall mental well-being. When your skin is exposed to salt, the particles help repair the skin and stimulate faster growth. The salt reaches deep down into the skin and activates the ion channels. This helps with overall quality and appearance of the skin. With its anti-inflammatory properties, salt therapy can treat irritating rashes like eczema and even more problematic ones like psoriasis.

One of the other key elements of salt is negative ions. Negative ions are what relax the body. They’re responsible for boosting your mood and increasing your mental clarity. Negative ions can’t be found anywhere. They’re mainly around areas like a beach or a waterfall. With salt therapy, you can build your own oasis and never have to take a step outside.

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   Where Can I Find Salt Therapy in London, Canada?

There are two ways to do salt therapy. You can either do it at home with the purchase of a salt machine, or you can book an appointment at a salt spa. Lets choose to start off with a few appointments at the salt rooms, just to see what it’s like.  The salt rooms are temperature and humidity controlled, with salt being released through the walls. London offers a few salt rooms throughout the city. It’s important to look into each salt room before booking an appointment because they may differ from each other.

Another way to do salt therapy is with the purchase of a salt machine. The salt machine is the start of a great investment and very convenient. While the salt rooms are wonderful options to get the spa feeling, salt therapy at home is great too and less expensive! You can work around your own time for when you want to do it, you save travel time, and everyone in your family can enjoy this benefit. Once you see how much salt therapy can do for you, you’ll never want to stop doing it. It’s time to step out and try something new. Make an appointment for a salt room this weekend, see the wonders of salt therapy, and you’ll be running to the nearest store to find a salt machine in no time.

Let London introduce you to the amazing benefits of salt therapy and see for yourself just how refreshed you feel.

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Stop Smoker’s Cough with Salt Therapy

By now, it’s a proven fact that smoking does nothing but harm your body. The dangers of smoking are advertised everywhere, even on cigarette packages. It’s very easy to fall into the addiction of smoking, but it’s a major challenge to quit it. It takes a lot of time for the body to adjust to the fact that it’s not getting its normal dose of nicotine anymore. So, when the body doesn’t get it, symptoms of withdrawal occur, and the smoker is tempted to grab a cigarette again. Most addicts brush off this addiction, saying that the chances are low of them getting lung cancer or having problems. But there are other smaller illnesses that can get in the way of your everyday life, even if it’s not as dire as cancer.

Smoker’s Cough Symptoms

All cigarettes, cigars, and vaporizers contain chemicals in them. When smoking these, your body, alarmed by the new invasion, tires to get the chemicals stuck in the throat and lungs out by coughing. It’s a natural way for the body to free the airways up. When the coughing lasts for a long period of time after do smoke, it tends to be called smoker’s cough.  Smoker’s cough sounds distinctly different than regular coughing. Because there is a considerable amount of phlegm and mucus in the throat, more wheezing and crackling noises are associated with a smoker’s cough.

Smoker’s cough happens when the cilia in your airways become damaged and don’t do their job as well. Cilia are hair-like structures in the airways that help in getting unwanted products out of the body. Smoking affects the cilia because they lose the capability to push the chemicals out of the lungs. The toxins then stay in your lungs for a longer period of time. This leaves the body no choice but to cough more in attempt to get rid of these toxins. The more you dry cough, the more inflamed and damaged become the airways. Smoker’s cough can even become chronic if you’re in the habit of smoking daily. It can even hurt your lungs and throat so much that you feel like you can’t sit up. Smoker’s cough can become a serious issue if it’s not addressed properly. It can even lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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Smoker’s Cough Treatment

Obviously, the best treatment to stop smoker’s cough would be to quit altogether. However, quitting is a challenge to many, and it can take years to quit this habit. There aren’t many instantaneous remedies. You can take cough medication, do physical exercise so that the mucus becomes looser and easier to expel; or sleep with your head elevated so that mucus doesn’t collect in the airways. These can only go so far in providing relief for you. A treatment that can provide great help for smoker’s cough is salt therapy. It’s a natural therapy in which you inhale microscopic salt particles. These salt particles travel down to lungs and along your airways, loosening the mucus and clearing toxins with it. Salt therapy also helps the cilia. According to Cur Spa, “Dry salt aerosol improves function of cilia, increasing their cleaning efficiency and ability to move mucus out of lungs.”

Salt acts as an anti-inflammatory. From all the coughing with a smoker’s cough, the salt will be soothing on the airways and help reduce the swelling. For serious smoker’s cough and COPD sufferers, it’s been life changing. According to Healovation, in 2011 there was a project to provide salt therapy for a COPD sufferer, Clara Buffong. She only had good things to say, like “The Salt Cave changed my life. Before I visited the Salt Cave, I was on lots of antibiotics and steroids, none of which made me feel better. I was basically confined to my house and hated to be around people as my breathing was so noisy. However, this has now changed thanks to salt therapy. I know I will never get completely better, but the Salt Cave lets me live again and manage my illness in a way that I can enjoy my life again.”

Is Salt Therapy Safe?

The effects of you deciding to smoke may affect you for as long as you live; so you might as well go try whatever treatments provide the most relief. Salt therapy is a perfect option. It’s natural, provides instantaneous relief, and can be used as many times as the heart desires. There is no limit as to how much salt therapy you can do. The more you breathe in the salt aerosol, the better you’ll feel. Stop letting your smoker’s cough take control of you, it’s time to take control of your life again and try salt therapy today!

 

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Salt Therapy and Sports: A Hidden Treasure for Athletes

When you’re playing a sport, you always want to make sure you’re performing at your maximum potential. You want to push yourself to the limit and strive to beat the goals you set in your head. Doing a sport requires your physical and your mental being in it. You have to give it your all. There are a lot of factors that go into playing a sport. You have to get enough sleep, go to the practices, keep a healthy diet, and much more. What isn’t very commonly known is that your breathing patters are very important when it comes to any sport or physical activity you do.

       Salt therapy and sports

These work very well together. A common myth about salt therapy is that it can only be used for patients with respiratory illnesses. That’s not true at all. Salt therapy can and should be used by everyone, including athletes! It’s a natural and non-invasive treatment that can help with respiratory illnesses such as asthma and pneumonia, but salt therapy can also just better your breathing.

“Believers claim salt therapy fixes asthma, allergies and more”, says an article in Maclean’s editorial by Joanne Latimer, or the benefits of salt therapy discussed in OrganicSpaMagazine , or the clinical study about asthma treatment in children, on Wiley Online Library, are just few of the many open discussions around salt therapy.  HuffingtonPost “Inquiring sinuses want to know” also talks about what it is salt therapy about and its benefits. Sports-performance-salt-therapy

Sports take a lot of energy out of you. If this energy is being used at a faster rate than normal, poor breathing patterns occur. When this happens: performance and stamina decreases, you feel more dehydrated, oxygen exchange between the lungs is more restricted, and the likelihood of getting cramps is higher. Those are just some of the effects poor breathing can do to you. Salt therapy can easily help with that and make you perform in your sport better than ever! The success with salt therapy and sports has countries like Poland and Romania now harmonizing them together regularly by having their athletes train and play in salt caves.

How it Works?

The way salt therapy works, a salt machine is set up in the room of choice. It may not be a salt cave, but it’ll definitely create the effects of one right in the comfort of your home. It’s highly recommended that the salt machine is placed somewhere where you spend a lot of time, like your bedroom. Salt therapy requires a longer treatment time, around seven to eight hours. This may seem like a long time, but you don’t have to be hooked up to anything. As long as you’re in the same room as the salt machine, you’re receiving the treatment. Most people even do it while they’re sleeping, which is perfectly safe with salt therapy!

The salt machine essentially just releases invisible salt particles into the air that you then breathe in. These particles will travel into your lungs and clean them out. Mucus and anything unwanted will be cleared from the airways, improving airflow. With improved airflow, overall lung function increases. Increased lung function then leads to higher stamina, energy, and performance levels. You’ll feel like a different person overall when stepping on the track or court.

Salt Therapy and Relaxation

While healthy breathing is crucial for playing sports, so is getting enough sleep and keeping your stress in check. Sports can bring on a lot of stress, especially because you always want to do so well and come out on top. Some additional benefits that come with salt therapy in sports is relaxation. Salt therapy helps relax the body and can ever help with your sleeping patterns. Salt consists of negative ions, which relax the body. After a long game or a hard day of practice, salt therapy will help loosen the muscles and will easily make you unwind. With the body in such a relaxed state, it’s more effortless to fall into a deeper sleep. A good night’s sleep will have you feeling refreshed when you wake up and ready to face the new challenges of the day.

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From breathing to helping you relax and sleep, salt therapy really does it all. This effective treatment is a huge game-changer for athletes. You can say goodbye to sitting on the bench during a game so you can recover. Salt therapy will make you feel like you can keep going and give it your all. The best part is, there is no drawback. Since salt therapy is completely natural, no side effects will be experienced and there is no maximum time limit to how much salt therapy you can do. The more you breathe in the salt, the higher the lung efficiency and capacity will be. Try salt therapy today and see for yourself how good you’ll feel both on and off the court. Salt therapy can and will get you to your full potential!