Neti Pot – You Want Me to Stick it Where?

Written by Della Menechella

I LOVE my Neti pot. It isrepparttar first thing I use each morning when I wake up and it is alsorepparttar 150794 first thing I pack when I am going on a trip. As a matter of fact, I can’t imagine living without my Neti pot. For me, it isrepparttar 150795 difference between being congested and having a pounding headache or being able to breathe easily and living pain-free. With those two choices, it is easy to see why my Neti pot holds a favored spot in my life.

You may be asking yourself, what is a Neti pot? It looks like a small teapot with a spout and it is often used in yoga inrepparttar 150796 practice of Neti or nasal washing. In yoga, deep breathing is an essential part ofrepparttar 150797 practice. It is very difficult to breathe deeply through your nose ifrepparttar 150798 nasal passages are dry, inflamed or constricted.

Your nasal passages provide a very important function for maintaining your overall health. The lining of your nose produces mucus which traps dirt, dust, pollen, and other particles and moves it torepparttar 150799 back of your throat where it begins its journey out of your body. However, sometimes this system contains a glitch andrepparttar 150800 mucus becomes too thick or dry to do its job properly. This creates an optimum environment for bacteria to thrive and cause all sorts of havoc in your body. Your nasal passages can become swollen and inflamed and you can become congested. You might have difficulty breathing, or worse, develop a sinus infection.

Here comesrepparttar 150801 Neti pot torepparttar 150802 rescue. It helps cleanse nasal passages of dust, allergens, pollen, and other irritants and it moisturizes and can help reduce inflammation ofrepparttar 150803 membranes. The end result –your nasal passages are soothed and you are able to breathe more easily.

Here are some questions you might have about using a Neti pot.

Why do I need one? Why can’t I just sniff some water fromrepparttar 150804 palm of my hand – won’t I getrepparttar 150805 same result? - For a long time, I resisted using a Neti pot. I used to tell people who suggested that I use one that I was getting a similar result using water inrepparttar 150806 palm of my hand. Then I triedrepparttar 150807 Neti pot and realized how wrong I was. There is absolutely no comparison between using a Neti pot and sniffing water fromrepparttar 150808 palm of your hand. When you use a Neti pot, you are actually insertingrepparttar 150809 tip into your nostril and allowing water to clean outrepparttar 150810 nasal passage. You cannot possibly accomplishrepparttar 150811 same thing with your hand.

Are there different types of Neti pots? - Although all of them look like an open teapot with a spout, they usually come in various sizes and are made of different materials. The most common materials are ceramic and plastic. Ceramic, while it might look nice, has a greater chance of breaking and because it is porous, can harbor bacteria. Plastic ones are usually not very attractive, but they clean easily and thoroughly and you can throw them into your luggage when you travel. There are also Neti pots made out of cooper and stainless steel. Do I use plain water to wash out my nose? - No. Plain water is too irritating to your membranes. You make a saline solution of approximately ¼ teaspoon of plain salt (not iodonized) and a pinch of baking soda added to one cup of warm water. Dissolverepparttar 150812 salt and baking soda thoroughly. Make surerepparttar 150813 water isn’t too cold or too hot. You can test it with your fingers before using it to make sure it isrepparttar 150814 right temperature. I findrepparttar 150815 warm saline solution extremely soothing to my nasal passages when they are swollen and congested. The warm solution offers almost immediate relief to my poor nose.

The History of Pilates – It All Began With One Sickly Child

Written by Della Menechella

A look intorepparttar history of Pilates helps you understandrepparttar 150793 tremendous power that this form of exercise has to help strengthen and transform your body. Unlike yoga, which has a tradition that goes back thousands of years, one individual developedrepparttar 150794 Pilates Method atrepparttar 150795 beginning ofrepparttar 150796 twentieth century.

In 1880 in Dusseldorf, Germany, a sickly baby named Joseph Pilates was born. As a young child he watched as his friends ran, jumped and played games –activities that he could not do because of his frail, weak body. That is whenrepparttar 150797 Pilates Method really began. Pilates was determined to find a way to improve his health and physical strength and stamina. He set off on a lifelong quest for fitness and exercise. Pilates not only overcame his physical frailties – he mastered them. He became an accomplished yogi, boxer, gymnast, and skier.

During World War I, Pilates was interned in England where he worked as a nurse with injured war victims. Pilates was convinced that exercise could help rehabilitate their badly damaged bodies. Many of these patients were not able to move, but that did nothing to deter Pilates’ determination to help them gain strength and mobility. He rigged up their hospital beds with straps and springs and created a series of exercises to help move their joints through a greater range of motion. The exercises also helped his patients develop muscle strength, flexibility and endurance. Eventually, many of these people were able to get up and move around by themselves.

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