How To Beat Colds and Flu This Winter

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Colds and the Flu cost the country not just millions in lost work days, but lost days from school as well. The good news is that they are mostly preventable.

The Basics

If you don’t do this, don’t blame me if you get sick!

No matter if your goal is to get healthy, or avoid sickness and disease the basics are the same for everyone:

1) Exercise daily – anything will do in a pinch, just get moving
2) Have a good diet – lots of raw food. Let me repeat that – LOTS OF RAW FOOD. Eating a salad then having a doughnut is better than just eating a doughnut.
3) Get your mind in order – self development and lots of laughter.

Prevention First

The Simplest, Safest Way to Prevent Colds and the Flu

Flu Prevention? Colds and flu are nearly always associated with winter, although they do occur in summer too. But why is this?

The two main culprits are most likely less raw food is eaten in winter, and therefore less vital nutrients like vitamin C, and less sunlight.

When sunlight hits our skin it converts vitamin D2 to vitamin D3 – a very important immune booster and anti-inflammatory.

More and more studies are revealing that we just don’t get enough sunlight on our bodies – even Californians are found to be 50% deficient in D3! So what hope do the British have!

The current recommended dietary intake for D3 is between 400 and 800 IU. IU stands for International Units, and is just the standard measure for vitamin D. Many scientists think it should be more like 2000 IU, even for kids, as we now spend so much time inside, and washing with soap (which washes the vitamin D3 off our skin before we absorb it).

A good day in the sun can produce up to 30,000 IU per day, so 2000 IU is still very little. 2000 IU is what seems to work in flu prevention though. In some small studies in Finland communities given this much D3 daily through winter did not get the flu.

Don’t worry – you won’t have to stand out in the freezing winter cold for 8 hours a day, vitamin D3 is cheaply available to take as a supplement.

So there you have it, that is the simplest way to prevent seasonal illness.

What to do if You Get a Cold

These are the things you need to have in your home, ready for that first little tickle or irritation:

1) some dental floss
2) 3%-6% hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) – the stuff you can use as mouthwash – read the label first.

If you don’t already floss your teeth daily then the first sign of illness is a great time to start. Your gums between the teeth are breeding grounds for bacteria, and from here they can spread – most dangerously to the heart! Flossing you teeth removes a great deal of bacteria and takes a whole load of pressure off your immune system.

After flossing rinse your mouth and gargle with some hydrogen peroxide mouthwash. This stuff kills many of the bacteria and viruses that cause us problems and will get into all those parts the floss couldn’t reach.

Now you want to soak a bit off cotton wool or tissue in the H2O2 and squeeze 2 or 3 drops into one ear. Leave your head to the side so the H2O2 stays in. After a couple of minutes (it may take longer) the fizzing will stop and you can right your head – a bit of water may come out the ear. Now repeat on the other side. This should be painless – just a little odd the first time you do it. This may seem strange but is quite common advice in Germany I believe.

Wrap up really warm, maybe even a hot water bottle and go to bed. Sleep and heat ensure your immune system gets plenty of help and the bugs hate it.

The viruses that cause colds and flu cannot spread as quickly at high temperatures which is why your body wants to get hotter, and why taking things like paracetamol or giving Calpol to lower the fever will prolong the illness suffering.

Trust me, if you follow this procedure as soon as you feel something start you’ll be fine by the next morning.

Immune Boosters

…for when times get tough

Vitamin D3: The first thing you can do is up the vitamin D3, I would say about 10,000 IU per day for a couple of weeks, some would say you can take even more – like 50,000IU per day.

Probiotics: These are the good bacteria that live in your gut and seem to have an array of beneficial effects. One is that they train the immune system to work properly. Take a good quality one – do some research. I use Bio-Kult and Primal Defence.

Glyconutrients: I really need a whole lens on these things, the easiest way to get you to understand more is that most of the immune boosting herbs, seaweeds, and fungi, like cordyceps, are full of these.

By the way, I take probiotics and glyconutrients in small quantities daily anyway as they should be part of our diet, but are almost non-existent in the modern diet.

There are a whole lot of other immune boosters out there, the most popular is probably vitamin C. You can take up to 1g of vitamin C per hour – if your bowels can take it – in times of need.

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Written by Dr Chris Pickard

Posted In: Immune System

Published on 19 Sep 2013


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