Saturday, February 7, 2009

Clear Sinuses and Scuba

My Mexican vacation and scuba certification are so close I can practically feel the sun and taste the salt water. Here in New Jersey, I've been surrounded by flu and cold germs. Stuffy sinuses and scuba don't mix, not being able to equalize the pressure in your ears can result in some pretty nasty injuries. I'd like to say I've been super pro-active about taking vitamins, getting plenty of rest, avoiding stress, and drinking plenty of liquids. Real life kind of gets in the way of my best intentions, though. I have been kind of stressed, haven't been getting enough sleep, and sort of remembering to take vitamins. I have been religously using a neti pot with this amazing quick dissolving salt that has essential oils mixed with it. So far, it's been keeping my nasal passages clear! This stuff is amazing. I've been waking up sort of congested, and after using the neti pot, I'm all good. For anyone not familiar with a neti pot, it's this device you fill with warm, salty water that you use to literally clean out your nasal passages. You kind of tilt your head, stick it in one nostril, and let it out the other. It sounds gross, but it WORKS! If you've never tried it, I highly recommend that you do, especially if you've been having some sinus issues.
Hopefully I'll complete my scuba certification without incident. My next post will be all about my vegan scuba and travel adventures in the Riviera Maya! Wish me luck!


shellyfish said...

I almost bought a neti pot last fall because of a nasty sinus infection that wouldn't go away.
I'm so excited for you & your big trip - I can't wait to see your pictures and hear about it!

ŀĀŘ¡ŝ∫Á said...

good luck with your scuba trip!:D

Maria Rose said...

I am too scared to use a neti pot, but I hear that they work wonders.