Unless you live in a cave on a deserted island, you’ve heard lots of reports about this year’s flu season.
And many of these reports trigger strong emotions in people. Whether it’s fear over the potential severity of the virus or anger over the possibility of forced vaccination, emotions run high around this issue.
But rather than spend any time and energy arguing for one point of view or another, I think it makes more sense to do everything we can to get ourselves as strong and healthy as possible. By doing so we have by far the best chance to come through this flu season with flying colors, health intact.
Fortunately, one of the best substances for helping the immune system is also one of the most common and least expensive. This is remarkable considering all it does:
- Powerfully supports the immune system – helps fight cancer, autoimmune diseases, inflammation and infection.
- Bolsters the respiratory system against everything from smokers cough and COPD to pneumonia and allergic sinusitis.
- Helps rid the body of toxins and toxic build-up in the body – potentially useful if someone chooses to (or can’t avoid) taking the vaccine because it will speed removal of any toxic preservatives or adjuvants in the shot.
Before I tell you the name of this substance, you should also know that it has anti-aging properties, strengthens the digestive system and supports the health of the heart, eyes, muscles, bones, nerves, endocrine system, connective tissue and skin.
And it’s safe. It is one of the most thoroughly studied substances in the world. The U.S. Library of Medicine lists 42,947 articles on this nutrient in their PubMed database.
The name of this amazing nutrient is…
That’s right, everyday common Vitamin C.
By taking sufficient amounts of C now, you’ll be helping your immune system be as strong as possible for the upcoming winter months.
Of course you will also want to get enough rest and exercise as well as manage stress in a good way. And be sure to practice good hygiene by washing your hands and avoiding touching your face after being in public.
For prevention, you can take from between 2,000 to as much as 4,000 mg per day.
Be sure to take such a large amount spread out through the day rather than all at once.
And it’s important that if you do take this much you work up to it gradually. Taking too much too soon can cause stomach upset, gas or loose stools. If you notice any unwanted symptoms such as these, back down on the dose.
If you manage to come down with a cold or flu (chills, aches, fever, stiff neck & shoulders, headache, etc.), you can consider taking even more. I generally don’t recommend that my patients take more than 7,000 to 8,000 mg per day under these circumstances. The caveat about backing off if your digestion gets disrupted applies here as well.
Perhaps the easiest way to take Vitamin C is in fluid that you sip on all day. The commercially available powders that you can put into water aren’t so good because they also contain sugar. Sugar is something to avoid when strengthening your immune system.
Instead, get ascorbic acid powder at your vitamin or health food store, then mix in with a half water, half juice mixture. It will be less expensive than the pre-made stuff and be even more effective.
You’ll need to read the amount of C per teaspoon to determine how much to add to the juice, so be sure to read the label.
Hyperhealth Pro Database, In-Tele-Health, Hansville, WA, 2008.