Vitamin C’s ‘claim to fame’ is its ability to treat the common cold.
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a water-soluble nutrient and very strong antioxidant that aids the body in the development of connective tissue, particularly: bones, blood vessels + skin.
Our bodies do not make, nor store Vitamin C and therefore, we must obtain from outside sources. With proper intake of this nutrient, our body can fight off the cold + flu, as well as defend the body against chronic illness, heart disease, and cancer.
STEP ONE: INCREASE SELECTIVE SUPPLEMENT INTAKE W/ COLD + FLU SYMPTOMS
Vitamin C Dosage: 1,000 IU p/ quarter pound (i.e. if you weigh 200lb take 50,000 IUs)
If symptoms of diarrhea arise, lower dosage until symptoms subside.
Vitamin C SideKick #1: Zinc Picolinate: 30-50mg per day for up to 10 days
Vitamin C SideKick #2: Vitamin D3: suggested Intake: 1,000 IU/ quarter pound
Take Vitamin C supplement 1st and Zinc 2nd
PRO TIP # 1: Divide Your Doses
If taking 8 Vitamin C pills freaks you out, or you simply don't like taking 8 pills at once, split the dosage into two or three parts (morning + night). This is a GREAT way to get a good chunk of your water intake in for the day. Hydrating is crucial when ill.
PRO TIP # 2: Zinc Throat Lozenges
My suggested form of Zinc intake is throat lozenges. Pills often cause nausea. Avoid lozenges with Sorbitol Malotal (sweetener). Click for my favorite brand.
PRO TIP # 3: D3 Levels
If you get sick often, it may be worth while to check your D3 level (25 Hydroxy-Vitmain D Test). Healthy vitamin D3 level = 75-80 ng/dl.
STEP TWO: HOLD THE SUGAR
Avoid a sugary diet when ill, especially processed and refined sugars.
PRO TIP # 4: Avoid Sugary Stir-in Vitamin C Packets
Large quantities of sugar in the intestines and/or blood can slow down vitamin C absorption. One packet is ~6g; daily sugar intake is suggested at 20g per day, to give you perspective.
STEP THREE: KEEP UP THE DAILY INTAKE
Vitamin C: 200-500mg (you can divide into multiple doses)
This amount will supply the bodies connective tissue thoroughly, and thus provide the body with a strong defense against chronic illnesses, heart disease and cancer.
PRO TIP # 5: To All Smokers -
Y'all require an additional 35mg/day
STEP FOUR: COMPLEMENTARY PRACTICES
Rest (at least 8 hours per night, folks)
Hydrate (1/2 your weight in ounces)
Neti Pot w/ steeped turmeric tea bag
Nasya Oil to oleate nasal passageway
Diet: warm, moist, light (soup, bone-broth, etc)
Legs up the wall: supports lymph drainage
Garlic Mullein Ear Oil
Steam Inhalation: w/ 1 drop of eucalyptus, tulsi, or ginger.
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*This information is for educational purposes only. Please consult a healthcare practitioner before administering use, especially if pregnant, nursing, on medication. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not to be used for diagnoses, treatment, or prevention of disease.