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Diet Plan for Sinusitis

Sinusitis is a disorder in which the tissue that lining the sinus becomes inflamed due to any infection. Healthy sinus is filled with air but its blockage with fluid can result in growth of germs and eventually in infection. The common symptoms of sinusitis are runny nose, congestion, and facial pain. According to Ayurveda, imbalance of Prana Vata and Shelshaka Kapha leads to sinusitis. Healthy diet plays a major role in reducing inflammation and boosts the immunity. Anti-inflammatory diet is ideal for sinusitis.

Diet charts for Sinusitis Patients



Herbal tea / Green tea/ Almonds/ Walnuts


Veg dalia / Veg poha (Rice flakes)/ Ragi roti/ Chapatti with veg or Dal / 1 - Egg white portion only


Fruit / Coconut water / Herbal tea / Green tea / Salad


Chapatti /Brown Rice /Sago(Sabudana) khichdi/ Vegetable + Dal / Salad/ Non- veg ( once in a week)


Sprouts / Green tea / Herbal tea / Salad/ Fox nut( Makhane)/ Ginger tea


Chapatti / Brown Rice / Vegetable + Dal



Cereals to be consumed

Wheat, White rice, Brown rice, Sorghum, Amaranth, Finger millet, Foxtail millet, Pearl millet, Buckwheat, Little millet

Flour Ratio- Wheat Atta (50%) + Soybean Atta (20%) + Ragi flour (30%)

Cereals to be avoided

Refined flour and its products


Fruits to be consumed

Apple, Banana, Water melon, Muskmelon, Avocado, Peaches, Pear, Coconut, Pomegranate, Figs, Mango, Litchi, Custard apple, Sapodilla.

Fruits to be avoided

Orange, Pineapple, Blueberries, Strawberries, Lime, Banana


Vegetables to be consumed

Zucchini, Sweet potato, Pumpkin, Ginger, Celery, Red onion, Coriander, Radish, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Mushrooms, Spinach, Carrot, Fenugreek leaves, Potato, Yam, Okra, Bottle gourd, Bitter gourd

Vegetables to be avoided

Tomatoes, Lemon, Peas, Eggplant


Pulses to be consumed

All pulse and legumes

Pulses to be avoided



Dairy Products to be consumed

Tofu, Soy milk

Dairy Products to be avoided

Whole milk and cream, Curd, Buttermilk, Cheese, Full-fat yoghurt, Cream cheese, Condensed milk, Unpasteurized cheese.


Oils to be consumed

Cow ghee, Sunflower oil, Canola oil, Olive oil, Mustard oil, Rice bran oil, Coconut oil

Oils to be avoided

Cream, Palm oil


Spices to be consumed

Cumin, Coriander, Turmeric, Ginger, Pepper, Fennel, Cinnamon

Spices to be avoided

Red chilies


Drinks to be consumed

Coconut water, Clear soups, homemade soups, Herbal tea, homemade juices

Drinks to be avoided

Whole milk drinks, Cream based liqueurs, canned soup and packaged soup, Alcohol, Sweetened drinks, Squashes, Carbonated drinks


Flesh Foods to be consumed

Egg white, Chicken

Flesh Foods to be avoided

Processed and fried meat, Red meat- (Beef, Lamb, Pork)


Dry Fruits to be consumed

Almond, Raisins, Ground Nuts, Walnut, Peanuts, Pistachio, Cashew, Pumpkin Seeds, Chia Seeds, Flax Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Sesame Seeds.

Dry Fruits to be avoided



Other Foods to be consumed


Other Foods to be avoided

Bakery and Processed Foods, Fried Food, Junk Food, Pickles, Artificial Sweeteners, Packed Soups, Refined Sugar


  • Ginger juice- Crush ginger, squeeze juice from it and drink 1 tsp of this juice daily.
  • Basil leaves- Chew 2-3 leaves daily or boil 3-4 leaves in cup of water and drink this water.
  • Steam- Add three drops of rosemary, one drop of thyme and peppermint in two glass of water. Cover head with towel and inhale the steam.
  • Apple cider vinegar- Drink 1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with cup of hot water.
  • Oil pulling-Put 1 tsp of coconut oil in mouth and keep it in mouth for some time. It will give relief from sinusitis.


  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid simple crabs, saturated and trans fats.
  • Do not use refined sugar.
  • Add foods from all food groups.
  • Avoid consumption of packed foods.
  • Avoid over use of caffeine.
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