Product Review: The Neti Pot
The neti pot is a device used to purify water from tap or river water. It filters out impurities such as chlorine, fluoride, heavy metals and other harmful substances. It is one of the most popular devices for cleaning your home’s plumbing system.
A neti pot can cost anywhere between $30-$200 depending upon its size and quality.
Neti pots are usually made of stainless steel, plastic or ceramic. They come in different sizes and shapes and can range from small to large. Some models have handles for easy carrying while others do not.
There are many types of neti pots available including those with a filter that removes bacteria, viruses, protozoa (such as Giardia), parasites (such as Cryptosporidium) and heavy metals like lead. Others simply remove sediment and debris.
There are several brands of neti pots available today. These include the following:
Nanu Neti Pot – Made in China, Nanu Neti Pots are generally considered to be the best quality products. They have been tested by experts for years and they consistently produce high-quality products at reasonable prices. Their product line includes both disposable and reusable versions of their neti pot.
Their products are sold worldwide and have been proven to effectively remove impurities from water.
How It Works – The pot itself works in three easy steps. First, fill the pot with boiled water (or distilled water). Second, tilt your head slightly and gently pour the water into one nostril.
Allow it to drain out of the other nostril. Third, blow your nose to clear out any remaining water.
While this process may seem simple, it is important to perform the steps correctly in order to prevent damage to your eustachian tubes or other internal parts of your ear. If you have any doubts about performing this process correctly, ask your doctor before attempting it on your own.
The Good – The best thing about the nanu neti pot is that it is very easy to use. Unlike other types of pot, there is no assembly required. The pot itself is made of durable material that is resistant to breaking or cracking.
It is also small enough to be easily portable, so you can take it with you anywhere.
The Bad – While the nanu neti pot itself is excellent, the accessories that come with it leave a lot to be desired. The first problem is that there is no English-language instructions included in the packaging. While the instructions are easy to find on their website, it is still frustrating for people who don’t speak or read languages other than English.
The second issue is the salt packets that come with your pot. These are not the food-grade kind of salt and can cause damage to your pot. Instead, you should use only non-iodized salt.
The Bottom Line – The nanu neti pot is an effective home solution for people who suffer from allergies or other respiratory conditions. It removes impurities from your water to help clear out your sinuses and respiratory system. It is very small and portable so you can take it anywhere with you.
Just be sure to use non-iodized salt when using it and don’t use the accessories that come with it.
Nasopure Neti Pot – The Nasopure neti pot is a high-quality product made in the USA. These pots are reusable and have been shown through studies to effectively remove harmful materials from the water it filters.
How It Works – Using the pot is a very simple process. First, boil some water. Then, remove the cap and add a half teaspoon of non-iodized salt to the pot (some models require you to use less).
Once the salt has dissolved completely, you are ready to use your pot.
Once you are ready to use the pot, tilt your head to the side and gently pour the water into one nostril. Allow the water to flow out of the other nostril. Some people prefer to close the nostril that does not have the water in it.
Blow your nose when you are finished.
The Good – The biggest advantage of the pot is that it is reusable. This cuts down on costs quite a bit, especially if you use the pot a lot. It is also very easy to clean, all you need is some water and maybe a soft toothbrush.
The Bad – There are no true disadvantages to this particular pot. Some people may find the salt to be bothersome, but this can be avoided by using filtered water instead.
The Bottom Line – The pot is a great choice for people who suffer from allergies or other respiratory issues because it helps to clear out mucus and other contaminants that can clog your sinuses. It is also very easy to use and easy to clean, making it a great choice for just about anyone.
How To Use Your Neti Pot
Using a neti pot is very simple.
Just follow these steps:
Measure 2 tbsp. of non-iodized salt.
Pour the salt in your neti pot (or enough for one use).
Add 8 oz. of boiled water. Stir until salt is dissolved.
Tilt your head slightly forward and gently pour the mixture into your upper nostril.
Allow the solution to flow through your nasal passages and drain out the lower nostril. (Do not swallow.)
Repeat process with the other nostril.
Blow your nose. Make sure you blow gently so that you don’t force water up into your eardrums.
Rinse pot and set aside for next use.
Tips: If you wear contact lenses, take them out first. Do not snort the water into your nose. This can be very dangerous and cause serious injury to your brain and other parts of your body.
Drink lots of water after using the neti pot. This will help to flush out your system. You can also mix the salt with baking soda if you suffer from congestion in your digestive tract.
You should not use a neti pot if you have any of the following:
Allergic to non-iodized salt or iodized salt
A hole in your nose or sinuses
Congestive heart failure (unless approved by your physician).
A recent head injury or cerebral aneurysm
If you have had recent ear or sinus surgery
Any type of infection in your nose
If you have severely burned or damaged nasal passages
If you have a perforated eardrum
If you are not feeling well, we advise that you wait until you are feeling better before using the pot.
The bottom line is that the benefits of a neti pot greatly outweigh any risks involved. You should use caution when using the pot, but that is true of many things in life!
How To Make A Neti Pot
If you prefer to make your own neti pot, here is what you will need:
One medium-sized Mason jar
A boiling kettle
This process is simple and does not involve as many chemicals as some of the other methods.
Measure two tablespoons of non-iodized salt and pour it into the jar. You can add more or less salt depending on your preference. Fill the jar with boiled water and stir until all of the salt is dissolved.
You can use the neti pot as described above or you can use a nasal spray bottle to squirt the salt solution up your nose.
You can use epsom salt, honey salt or any other type of non-iodized salt for this method.
This method works well for people who like to make their own remedies at home. You can also save money since non-iodized salt is much cheaper than the pre-packaged neti pots.
If you have any type of mold in your home, do not use the salt in your pot or your water. You can grow mold inside of your pot and then unknowingly introduce it directly into your nasal passages. While unlikely, this could cause serious health complications.
To avoid this possibility, simply boil your water and use an open container to dissolve the salt.
Any type of non-iodized salt will work. If you prefer, you can also use sea salt. Avoid using iodized salt or table salt as they can be harmful to the inside of your nose.
You can also store your homemade neti pot in the refrigerator to help keep it fresh.
If you are worried about the cost of non-iodized salt, you can use epsom salt. Epsom salt is great for relieving pain caused by inflammation. It will not work for everyone, but it is worth a shot if you have problems with congestion.
How To Use A Neti Pot For Sinus Pressure And Congestion
Using a neti pot to relieve sinus pressure and congestion is easy. You can use the neti pot while sitting at your kitchen table or lying in bed.
Most people prefer to use the neti pot in the morning, as allergies are most troublesome at this time. However, if your congestion is causing you to have difficulty sleeping, it might be better to use the pot before going to bed.
You can also use the pot before performing your daily workout routine. This will minimize the impact that sinus problems have on your ability to exercise.
The following steps tell you how to use a neti pot for pressure and congestion relief.
You need a clean neti pot, non-iodized salt and warm water. You can also use an electronic neti pot.
Step 1: Measure Two Tablespoons Of Salt
Measure two tablespoons of non-iodized salt and pour it into your pot. You can also use epsom salt, although it may not be as effective for relieving congestion.
Step 2: Boil Your Water
Boil your water. Be sure to let it cool down before pouring it into your pot. If you add hot water to your pot, you could severely burn your face and nasal passages.
When the water has cooled to a comfortable level, pour it into the pot.
Step 3: Stir The Salt And Water Solution
Stir the salt and water solution until all of the salt has dissolved.
Step 4: Lean Over And Pour The Water Into Your Nose
Lean over and pour the water into your nostril. The water will flow through your nose and into your throat. As it flows down into your throat, you will involuntarily swallow the water.
This is a natural reaction that prevents you from choking.
Some people find that lying down during this process makes it easier to fall asleep afterwards.
Step 5: Blow Your Nose
After the water has drained out of your nostril, blow your nose gently. This will help to clear out excess mucus and moisture.
If you are using an electronic neti pot, simply turn it on and place the tip into your nostril. The machine will automatically deliver the salt water solution into your nose and down your throat.
In all cases, repeat steps two through five for your other nostril.
How Often Should I Use A Neti Pot?
If you are using a neti pot for the first time, it is best to only use it once per day. Once your body gets used to this process, you can safely increase the number of times that you use the pot.
In fact, some people find that using a neti pot three times per day provides them with maximum relief from allergies and sinus problems. Do not use the pot more than three times per day, as doing so can lead to serious health problems.
How Long Will A Pot Last?
A typical neti pot can last anywhere from one month to three months, depending on how often you use it.
It is important that you clean your pot after every use. If you do not do this, bacteria can quickly breed inside the pot and infect your body.
Never share your neti pot with anyone. This can lead to the spread of serious infections.
How Much Does A Neti Pot Cost?
The cost of a good quality electronic neti pot will cost around $40 to $60. Non-electronic pots cost $10 to $15.
If you use salt, this will add to the expense of using a neti pot because you will need to replace the salt on a monthly basis.
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