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Many people suffering from nasal congestion or post-nasal drip turn to the ancient practice of nasal irrigation to help relieve their symptoms. Scientific studies point to its beneficial uses, because irrigation:

  • Acts as a car wash for your nose, by cleaning out irritants and allergens that are present on your mucous membranes.
  • Clears away or thins out mucus. Believe it or not, our body produces about a quart of mucus in our lungs, nose and throat on a normal day. We only notice it when it makes more than usual or it gets thicker and more difficult to swallow. Thin mucus is less bothersome.
  • Helps wash away chemical messengers your nose uses when you’re experiencing symptoms.
  • Irrigation helps improve mucus clearance, which is accomplished by the beating of millions of microscopic hairs called cilia that move mucus down your throat to swallow and digest. You can test this at home by putting a little NutraSweet into your nose with a Q-tip. In a few minutes you will taste it in the back of your mouth.