Winter is on the way, and it is time to get your neti pots out and working.

Sinus infections have been identified as the worst chronic ailment in the US (and I have no doubt, it would be up there in Australia too.)

Because the nose is the gateway to the respiratory system it is important that these passages be kept clean and clear to prevent such problems as congestion, inflammation, infection, headaches and sore throats.

For over a century, physicians used saline rinses to cleanse the nasal passages of debris. Regrettably, the advent and popularization of expensive meditations to treat nasal problems has superseded this procedure; a quick method that can prevent problems from arising in the first place.

What the physicians of our forefathers knew is now backed up by clinical studies that support nasal irrigation in the treatment of rhinitis and sinusitis.

Just as you use your toothbrush daily, you can irrigate your nasal passages to protect yourself from colds, flus and allergies.

And it’s not as uncomfortable as you may imagine – described ‘like walking along a beach and breathing salt air. It’s thoroughly pleasant and, afterward, you can breathe very clearly.’ It’s not like getting water up your nose when swimming…

There have been a few people lately diagnosed with upset stomachs, and other digestive disorders who had sinus problems which more than likely at least contributed to their abdominal disturbance. Imagine all that gunk dripping down the back of the throat 24/7! It gives me the heeby-jeebies just thinking about it.

So get out the neti (or buy one) and start cleaning your sinus today. Even a little tea pot will do the trick (just make sure the nozzle is comfy in your nostril). It is such good insurance for your all-over health.