Dr Oz: Saline Solution For Deviated Septums
Dr Oz did a segment on Deviated Septums, because it turns out that most of us do not breathe as much air as we should. 4 out of 5 of us have one air passage that is smaller than the other, and the number one reason for this is a Deviated Septum. In fact, Doctor Oz’s Assistant-Of-The-Day, Angela, had a Deviated Septum when Dr Oz checked with a special scope.
Dr Oz: Deviated Septums
Dr Oz said that if you look at a normal face, the inside of the nose should be perfectly symmetric. So the middle of the nose should be straight. However, 80% of people have a Deviated Septum which bends in one direction or the other. The problem with this is that it can block your sinuses and cause breathing problems. Doctor Oz said that this is so common that even he got a bent nose from playing baseball in college which caused a Deviated Septum.
What is the big deal though? The problem is that normally, the Septum is straight and so air can go directly into the lungs without any problem. However, if the Septum shifts then it can clog off or block off the airway to your lungs.
Dr Oz: How To Check If You Have A Deviated Septum
Dr Oz showed everyone how to do a quick test at home to check if you have a Deviated Septum. First, take your right hand and block off your right nostril. Take a deep breathe in and out. Then, repeat this on the left side of your nose. If it is easier to breathe on one side than the other, then that means you most probably have a Deviated Septum or a blocked passage. In my case, I really think it is because of allergies, so I guess I will have to wait until they clear up to do this test!
Dr Oz: Saline Solution Recipe
Dr Oz said that a great natural way to help yourself breathe easier is by using a Saline Solution, but you do not have to buy the fancy kinds at the drugstore. Instead, try mixing 1/2 TB of salt in 1 cup of lukewarm water. Then take a dropper and place a few drops in each nostril. The key here is to make sure your Saline Solution is warm, otherwise it can be uncomfortable. Another idea that Dr Oz talks about a lot is to use a Neti Pot. If you have never tried one, I highly recommend them to everyone! Click here to read a review of several different models: Waterpik SinuSense Reviews
Dr Oz: Horseradish & Wasabi Clear Sinuses
Doctor Oz also suggested eating foods like Horseradish and Wasabi to naturally clear your sinuses and to help stimulate the creation of mucus in your nose. One of my friends swears by drinking horseradish juice (made directly from the horseradish root!) to clear up allergies and sinus problems.