Well, folks. It was bound to happen. After driving non-stop for nearly a full day to Kansas City, teaching two classes, trying to sleep in a foreign bed at night, helping to take care of two sick kids with strep throat, enveloping myself in lots of stress and then driving back to Utah for a full day, I was bound to try and get a spring cold. I knew that with my travels, I would be taken out of my normal modus operandi of cold prevention and catch some pesky little bug. *sigh* But the good news is that it was eliminated in less than 2 days thanks to my practicing what I preach. So, I thought I would “preach” more specifically on this particular topic.
At the first sign of the discomfort of a cold, I started increasing my Vitamin D-3 intake to 20,000 IU’s. Normally I only take 5,000 IU’s for maintenance, but I forgot to take any with me on my road trip. (Nope, I won’t make that mistake again). Vitamin D-3 is very different to your body than is just plain Vitamin D. It regulates T cells, which are important to the functioning of a strong immune system As an added measure of efficacy, I specifically use the chewable kind so that I can start absorbing the nutrients in my mouth instead of my intestines (it tastes pretty darn good, actually; if it wasn’t vitamins, I could pleasantly snack on the little buggers).
Next, I started consuming lots of chewable Vitamin C. I take 2,000 mg every 2 hours in accordance to the suggestions make by some notable doctor case studies. Since this is just my personal opinion, I’m going to advise the readers to do their own research on the matter. I recommend googling “doctor research on vitamin c”, just FYI.
In addition, I used the NeilMed “Netti Pot.” For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s a warm saline solution that you squirt into your nasal passages to clean out all of the offending bacteria. An allergist recommended that I use this process since the allergy medicine I was taking has such negative side effects. I’ve been off of my allergy medicine ever since. The use of the Netti Pot soothes my nasal membranes as well.
Next, I diffuse two different essential oils throughout the day near my work space. One is Spice for Life and the second is Breathe, both made by Be Young Essential Oils. I honestly wasn’t sure about all of the essential oil hoopla, but one of my goals this year was to gain a greater understanding of their medicinal qualities. As a result, I learned about the Spice for Life and the Breath formulas and have used them successfully under just such circumstances.
Then I take two “doses” of Redmond Clay in my water during the day. I simply take 2 teaspoons of Redmond Clay, shake it in some water, and then drink it. It doesn’t have a taste. So long as I don’t look at the “dirty water” I’m not bothered by it in the least. The reason why I do this is because Redmond Clay is full of minerals. Bacteria can NOT live among minerals. So I flush some minerals into my blood stream and scare the little bacteria buggers away.
Last, but certainly not least, I increase my water intake substantially. Water is the only way for me to guarantee that I get the necessary nutrients throughout my body. It’s also the only way to flush out the nasties that have taken up residence in my tired body. Water is a key source of energy and it is the first and most important nutrient that your body demands. I drink about one times my body weight in ounces of water when I’m sick. In other words, if you weight a hundred pounds, you need to try to consume 100 ounces of water when you’re sick, recovering from surgery, or otherwise ill.
Well, did it all work? Considering that others experienced their cold turning into strep, a chest cold, or worse, I feel quite confident that my medical repertoire was successful in isolating it to 2 days of minor inconvenience. There are quite a few other options that I can take with various other vitamins and such, but so far this group of methods has not let me down.
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