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Your Morning Routine: Washing Your Sinuses With Neti Pot

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Ayurveda recommends washing your sinuses daily in the morning and before bed with a neti pot (a process called jala neti). Sometimes, a wound won't heal until it's cleaned. Ayurveda specializes in cleaning hard to reach places, like your sinuses. Warm, damp sinus tissue may remain chronically infected until they are cleaned out with neti pot. Daily use of neti pot can help to:
  • Remove excess mucus due to congestion.
  • Rid nostrils of pollen and other allergens.
  • Cleanse the nasal membranes of dust, smoke, or other airborne contaminants.
  • Relieve nasal dryness due to air travel.
  • Improve flow of breath before doing relaxation or meditation techniques.
To use a neti pot, mix 1/8tsp of slat into 1c of water. Then tilt the head to the side and pour the saline solution into your nose. Let the fluid drain out of the other nostril. Ayurveda even mixes herbs into neti pot formulas, for stronger affect. Anti-microbial herbs can help kill bacteria and virus. Herbs can help stimulate the circulation (turmeric) and mucus production (triphala) in nasal passages, effectively flushing the sinuses out.
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John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.

John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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