My 30-Day Self Experiment With Nasal Probiotics For Chronic Sinusitis (TGIF Ep.3)
- By the end of this video, you'll see the results of my 30-day trial that I've done to improve the bacteria, the flora, in my nose, by using probiotics so I can prevent sinus infections and reduce postnasal drip and stuffiness. (gentle, upbeat music) How's it going guys? This is Chris, and welcome back to another episode of TGIF, Talking Gut Immuno Fridays. Where we talk about gut health, and improving the immune system through lifestyle choices. For the last 30 days, I've been doing a trial of using a specific species of Lactobacillus, Lactobacillus sakei, that I've explained the rationale for this in my previous video, that I'll put in the description below.
I've been using this bacteria in the hopes that I can balance out some of the flora in my nose and sinuses, so I'm not so prone to chronic sinus infections. So far, the results have been incredibly encouraging. I've only been doing this for slightly over 30 days, and I've tracked my data every single day. And I'll show those results to you in a chart in a little bit here.
But first I wanted to walk you through the process. Please note that this is something I did at my own risk, and there's certainly always risks with self experiments such as this. The process itself was simple. I found out about this culture called B-2, which is an isolated strain of Lactobacillus sakei. From the previous video, you can see for more information why I chose this strain.
I actually bought this, and it was shipped from New Zealand with ice. And then I've been using this for the last 30 days. The process would go like this. Because Lactobacillus sakei is vulnerable to heat and oxygen, I kept it in an airtight container, I sealed it off using a vacuum sealer. And what I would do, is I would take this powder, I would take this powder, this probiotic, that is, by the way, used also in meat preservation to kill off things like listeria. And I would dissolve that in the water. So I place the culture into the water, I let it dissolve for about four minutes. I put enough in there so it's a relatively cloudy consistency.
And I let this sit for about four minutes so the bacteria can dissolve into the water. After the bacteria is dissolved in the water for about four minutes, then I drink part of, first I swish around. (swishing water) So I coat my throat in this bacteria. I took a little swig of that. And then I'm going to repeatedly coat the inside of my nose, both nostrils, several times.
And then I just breathe normally. This was some filtered water. And that's pretty much it.
Now I'm gonna show you the results from this trial. So what we have here are the results from my study, which started on 1/27/2017, and ended 2/27/2017. I rated my symptoms on a scale from zero to 10, and then the date is on the x-axis here. So I had a sore throat in the morning. PND is postnasal drip. Stuffiness, just a general sensation of stuffiness in the nose. Mucus, 10 being a thick yellow, zero being none at all. And stuffiness would be like, completely clear, or completely clogged.
Now if you've seen some of my other videos, I put "need for Sinupulse" here. And what I mean by that is, I felt this strong desire that I needed to use my pulsating sinus irrigator if it were a 10, because I always felt like I was at the borderline of getting sick. Now, when I started, this was a perfect time for me to start this, because I was just getting over a sinus infection. And I know how my body recovers from these things, 'cause I've been dealing with them for so long. So, I know the progression of how quickly I get over these in my own body. Now, as I started this experiment, the effects, within two days, were profound. I mean, even within one day, I was noticing a difference. You can see that that feeling, like I needed a Sinupulse, particularly the mucus dropped off very quickly within two days, there.
The mucus was still there, but it was clear. And even the postnasal drip started to make its way down as well. Stuffiness kind of went all over the place a little bit, but overall had a downward trend. By about the end of the first week in February, I had a little bit of a spike, 'cause the weather patterns were changing here in Michigan, a little bit again. It was warming up abnormally in February. So a brief little spike in the sore throat in the morning. What I found most profound is how much I feel like I need the Sinupulse.
I feel like it just needs to be there a couple days a week now, versus, I desperately need to do it every day in order to keep myself from getting sick. So that's huge. So I would call this a monumental success for me. I'm going to continue to track this data. Love to hear any questions you might have, or if you've done anything similar. If you watch my other video, Nasal Probiotics for Acute and Chronic Sinusitis, which I'll but in the description below, you'll see where I got this idea from, the website I got this idea from, and why I chose this particular strain. Obviously, a major disadvantage to this is the cost.
The cost of this, I bought three of the packets, which would get me about three months of this, for $100. And that was with the shipping and handling and everything, from New Zealand. And it is very vulnerable to heat, and it is vulnerable to air as well. You have to have a way to be able to seal the product, which again, is another disadvantage. Otherwise, it won't be potent nearly as long, as it's exposed to more and more oxygen. Or you can also find this bacteria in certain kimchis as well. And the only way you're gonna know is if it's fresh, and you do some trial and error. Once that process is complete, I put the sealed container back in the freezer, so it'll last longer.
Please note there's some obvious limitations to this study. This was the only major lifestyle thing I changed in the last month, and I think, in my case, the results were profound as you can see from the chart. However, there's certainly other variables that could've come into play. Particularly, the weather was changing a lot here in Michigan, a lot of heating up and cooling down. But usually that would make my sinuses even more vulnerable. So I feel a lot stronger, feel a lot better lately in the last month. I'm gonna continue to monitor this over the next several months.
So always check back on the channel, and I'll give you updated results over the next few months. This has been another episode of TGIF. If you enjoy this video, subscribe and hit the little bell, so you never miss another episode.
Thanks a lot for tuning in, guys. And I look forward to seeing you next Friday. (cheerful strumming).
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