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What Are Best And Worst Foods For Sinus Congestion?

What Are Best And Worst Foods For Sinus Congestion?

What Are Best And Worst Foods For Sinus Congestion?

Dietary Tips To Clear Sinus Congestion

Your eating habits play an important role in clearing up or aggravating your sinus congestion. Spicy food, chicken soup, tea, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, grapefruit, and lemon can help give you relief. But stay clear from fried food, starchy foods, refined vegetable oils, ice cream, and soft drinks.

Best Foods To Clear Sinus Congestion

Spicy Food

Generally, spicy food like pepper, jalapeƱo, and horseradish will release mucus in your nostrils, thus clearing your sinuses. But, if you suffer from acid reflux, avoid spicy foods as they can trigger heartburn. When stomach acid flows back upward, it irritates and inflames your nasal passages, causing them to become swollen and blocked.

Chicken Soup

It contains an amino acid called cysteine which helps initiates a process that enables breaking down mucus, leading to a runny nose and cleared sinuses.

Warm Drinks

Tea or other hot drinks moisten your mucus membranes, promoting movement of mucus through your sinuses.

Foods Rich In Zinc, Vitamin A, C, and E

Vitamin A is known as a membrane conditioner which helps build healthy mucous membranes in the head and throat. Leafy green vegetables, orange and yellow vegetables, tomatoes, and fruits are rich sources of vitamin A. Citric fruits like grapefruit and lemon are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin E is found in nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils, while zinc is found in red meat, poultry, and seafood.


It releases an enzyme called allicin when crushed. Allicin may destroy bacteria and kill viruses that cause sinus infections.


It contains bromelain, which has been used for centuries to treat inflammation after surgery, particularly sinus surgery.

Coconut water

It contains potassium and has bodily cleansing properties.

Worst Foods For Sinus Congestion

  • Caffeine weakens your adrenal glands
  • Fermented foods (cheese, beer, sauerkraut, and wine)
  • Fried food
  • Starchy foods
  • Eggs
  • Food containing additives
  • Omega 6 fatty acid containing food
  • Refined vegetable oils
  • Saturated and trans fat food
  • High sugar content food (soft drinks, desserts, and ice cream)
  • Cow’s milk
  • Refined carbohydrates (white bread, rice, and pasta)

Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).