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Colds & Flu
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Colds & Flu

Since this is the beginning of the cold and flu season, I figured that would be a good topic to kick of our first newsletter.

First, a few tips to keep yourself well:

Get plenty of sleep. A study done by Carnegie Mellon University concluded that people who sleep less than seven hours a night are three times more likely to catch a cold than those who sleep eight hours or more. Not getting enough sleep weakens your immune system.

Gargle. I remember my mom telling me to gargle with salt in warm water after I got a cold. Yuck! Maybe it helped, but once I had a sore throat it was too late. However, as a preventative, gargling certainly does help. You can do it using plain tap water, or use grapefruit seed extract (10-15 drops in an 8 oz. glass of water), salt, cayenne pepper (1/4/-1/2 teaspoon in an 8 oz. glass of water), or a few drops of colloidal silver or hydrogen peroxide (3%) (1:1 or straight) in a glass of water. Gargling helps loosen mucus which removes bacteria and fungi from the throat and should prevent a cold or sore throat from taking hold. If you are prone to colds or have sick ones in the family or at work, start gargling right away!

A study in Japan found that people who gargled with water three times a day during the cold and flu season had 40% fewer upper respiratory tract infections. This is really huge and something everybody should pay attention to!

Vitamin D is finally being recognized as a tremendous health aid for many conditions. One of the keys to unlocking vitamin D’s cold-fighting powers is to load up on it before the cold/flu season. In a Harvard Medical School study, those with low levels of vitamin D were 40% more likely to get a cold or upper respiratory infection than those with higher levels. That will give you one more protective layer against illness. Before the beginning of the cold & flu season either get plenty of sunlight exposure or take a vitamin D3 (this form is better utilized by the body than D2, which is synthetic) supplement. You may remember your mother or grandmother forcing you to take cod liver oil (double yuck!) when you were a child. Luckily it now comes in capsule form or as a flavored oil. It is also found in eggs, salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines (as well as fortified milk, but we don’t recommend drinking any form of milk). Recommended dose is 4,000 IU for adults and teenagers, and 1,000 IU for infants and small children.

Stay warm. This may sound like an old wives’ tale that your mother told you. If there is sickness going around and you stay warm, your chances of getting sick are less than if you get chilled. The reason is that if you get chilled the blood vessels in your nose are constricted, shutting off the warm blood that supplies white blood cells that fight infection. So now you can tell your kids a reason!

Wash your hands. Another silly request from Dr. Mom? Nope. Studies have shown that frequent hand washing, especially if you are in public places touching elevator buttons, shopping carts or the myriad other frequently touched items, washing is a real necessity. However, don’t use anti-bacterial soaps! These will have the opposite effect. They kill off the good bacteria on your hands (yes, there really are good bacteria!), thereby allowing for the bad guys to quickly take over. Some researchers feel this is one cause of the marked increase in children’s asthma. Use plain old soap and water.

Boost your immune system. If you have a strong immune system the chances of you getting sick are greatly reduced. But in this hectic, stressful lifestyle most of us have, our immune systems are weakened. Here are a couple of products that will help boost your immune system in addition to vitamin C.

Beta 1,3/1,6 glucan, an extract made from the cell walls of certain yeasts and mushrooms. They are known as biological response modifiers because of their ability to activate the immune system. It is important to note here that beta glucans don’t over-stimulate the immune system as some agents do.  They boost the immune system by activating the macrophage cells, those cells that attack and destroy invading organisms. As you can imagine, having a strong immune system is critical to maintaining optimal health. Just think how you could be helped if you had an infection, candida, periodontal disease, allergies, bronchitis, and many other conditions, including cancer. We will be writing more on beta glucan in a future newsletter and will have a section on Health911.

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Once you start to feel a cold or flu coming on, you can take some other steps to help knock it out.

Take vitamin C at a dosage of 1,000 mg per hour to bowel tolerance (then back off a bit). This may seem like a lot to those of you who take 500-1,000 mg per day, but when your body is not well it uses up vitamin C much faster and you can take much higher doses. This will help with a cold but is essential for fighting an oncoming bout of flu. This is the first thing you should do for the flu!

If you don’t have any in your medicine cabinet, get a bottle of hydrogen peroxide (3%) at your pharmacy and put two drops in one ear, pull your earlobe so it goes completely in, and let it pop and fizz for a few minutes; drain into a tissue or Q-tip; then do the other ear. Do this several times a day for a cold and 2 or more times at 1-2 hour intervals for the flu (or until the fizzing stops). Besides the importance of gargling, this will give you a one-two punch to knock out the cold at its sources.

Alkalize your body. Make a drink as follows: put ¼ tsp of baking soda (make sure it doesn’t have aluminum in it) and 4 grams of powdered vitamin C in a glass, then add 10 ounces of water and stir. This mixture fizzes, so leave room at the top of the glass! You may also use a juice. Drink several glasses a day. Your symptoms should go away quickly. Another way to alkalize your body is to drink vinegar. Make a mixture of 3-4:1 (the stronger the better), water to vinegar, and drink 2-3 times a day. Both these methods will alkalize your inner terrain, making it difficult for bacteria, viruses and fungi to thrive.

There are literally hundreds of other remedies and healing soup recipes that we’d have to write a book to cover them all (we will in the future). Here are a few of our favorite natural remedies to take if you have a cold:

Echinacea is one of the most commonly used herbal remedies for colds. Our product is an echinacea/goldenseal blend. Use the code herb when ordering for an extra 10% off.  HYPERLINK "http://www.health911.com/herb%20pharm%20%20echinacea%20/%20goldenseal" http://www.health911.com/herb%20pharm%20%20echinacea%20/%20goldenseal

Garlic is another basic cold remedy that is steeped in tradition. Add it to your cold-fighting arsenal; use the code garlic when ordering for an extra 10% off.

Olive leaf extract is another powerful immune booster and is very effective in fighting colds and flus:  HYPERLINK "http://www.health911.com/kroeger%20herb%20-%20olive%20leaf%20caps" http://www.health911.com/kroeger%20herb%20-%20olive%20leaf%20caps Use the code olive for an additional 10% when ordering.

Zinc is also an important supplement to take, especially when the cold and flu season begins: our TwinLab product comes in two sizes, 90 (http://www.health911.com/twinlab-zinc-50mg-%2890-caps%29) and 180 (http://www.health911.com/twinlab-zinc-50mg) count. Use the code zinc for an additional 10% off when ordering.

Many people take antibiotics when they get a cold or flu. This is a major no-no! Colds and flus are caused by viruses, so an antibiotic won’t help, and will be worse for you in the long run as they kill off the good bacteria in your gut and weaken your immune system. This will have severe long-term consequences for your health.

We are saving one of our favorite products for last: Zapper Throat Spray. A special blend of colloidal silver, various medicinal herbs, and peppermint oil, this great tasting spray is very versatile. Use it for gingivitis, bronchitis, bad breath, cold/canker sores, tonsillitis, and, of course for colds and flus. Kid-friendly taste, too! So with the cold/flu season upon us, now is a good time to stock up on Throat Zapper Spray. Get several bottles, as you will find it handy in your purse, car and office as well as at home. Use the code zapper for an additional 10% off when ordering.

If you are travelling and are prone to colds or flu, it might be a good suggestion to take some of these products with you in case you start to get sick.

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