And now for something a little different.
I think most people would know that in your lungs and bronchial tubes there are little hair like features that continuously wave and sweep moisture, mucus and dust up and out of your lungs. This is the way they are kept clean.
The result is that every so often, you cough and the swallow, and anything harmful is cleared from your airways. No-one thinks twice about this, or of anyone coughing to do this.
Interestingly however, there is a very similar mechanism used by the body in the nose and sinuses – and yet we have this particular social aversion to acting as nature intended with this natural function.
Our sinuses are washed by a continuous production of mucus. This is designed to capture any dirt, dust, viruses or bacteria, and then carry that all away to the back of our throat, and be swallowed – regularly.
Sometimes that works easily and smoothly – sometimes you need to snort and suck your snot in order to clear it and keep your sinuses clear.
Except we don’t do that. We are actively trained from childhood, to actively resist doing exactly what is needed to keep us healthy.
We are all familiar with that stuffed up feeling we get when we are coming down with a cold, and the slow burning sensation in the back of our throat as an infection takes hold.
A couple of days later we are fully sick, popping antibiotics, and feeling miserable – because we refused to snort and suck away all that gummy snot in the back of our noses. That would be unladylike and disgusting… ohh deary no… mustn’t do that…
Frankly, I suspect half of us don’t even know what it is like to have clear sinuses any more. We have never done anything to clear them since early childhood (when we were trained not to).
The reason your sinuses feel stuffed up, is because they are. And it is the PERFECT breeding ground for all the contagious infections out there.
You have a great big wad of snot that has been sitting around at the back of your throat for a long time that gets septic. Those germs just bore right into it and start partying up large. When they have built up a critical mass, they sweep out from there and migrate the infection throughout the rest of your body.
This isn’t exactly rocket science. Clear your sinuses, let the natural flow of mucus clean and clear, and you won’t get colds… Ta Da.
Yes, it is that simple.
But – first you have to get over your training to not snort and suck your snot.
And then you have to get used to your sinuses being clear again – which won’t feel nice at first.
It will feel dry and raw, because your nose isn’t used to working normally and lubricating normally.
Normal for you will have been having a thick congealed layer of mucus covering your sinuses – like half dried PVA glue.
You need to snort and suck away all that old accumulation first (not easy). And then get used to, and give time to, your nose getting back to operating the way it is supposed to.