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  • Cold and Flu season is coming...What can I do?

    Last winter was the worst for me, I was sick nearly all the time and I hoped that by eating primal that this would reduce. The summer has been fine, but the second week of September, I got really sick again.

    I know zinc and vitamin C is good. But I feel that I must be missing something.

    Can anyone out there recommend a regime for the coming winter.

    Thanks
    Life. Be in it.

  • #2
    not everyone will agree with me on this, but I always juice my husband & kid heavily with Bolthouse Farms C-Boost Juice when they've got hints of the gambu coming on. There's 1200% Vitamin C per serving, and it's made from 100% fruit. I also encourage them to take airborne. I feel like this knocks the bug right out of the system if we catch it early enough, and definitely cuts it shorter when we don't get to it in time. YMMV
    --Trish (Bork)
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    • #3
      I figured out that if I stick to the plan for a pretty long time and then indulge in any sugar, I catch whatever is going around. And bad. I hadn't been sick in forever and it came on 24 hours after I had some treats at a work potluck One of the more awful colds/sinus infections I've ever caught.

      Some posters recommended a lot a lot of Vitamin D and probiotics. I have been taking about 9,000 IU's of vitamin D with tablespoons of coconut oil and drinking 2 small glasses of cultured coconut milk per day. Absolutely no added sugar. I'm still fighting it, but it seems to be drying up.
      http://baconandwhimsy.blogspot.com

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      • #4
        Mad vitamin D.
        I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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        • #5
          Rooibos Tea. Lots of it. This stuff has been part of African traditional medicine since before recorded history. It has more anti-oxidants than green tea and zero caffeine and diuretic properties.

          I started drinking it for a cold while I was in Africa two years ago. The cold was gone in 1.5 days. And I haven't had a cold, flu, or so much as a sniffle since.
          And, if you have read my posts. you know that I am usually one of the last people around here to be credulous about anything that ventures into "altie" medicine. This stuff actually works.

          Not only that, it is darned tasty stuff.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
            Rooibos Tea. Lots of it. This stuff has been part of African traditional medicine since before recorded history. It has more anti-oxidants than green tea and zero caffeine and diuretic properties.
            Where do you buy it?
            http://baconandwhimsy.blogspot.com

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MadelynMc View Post
              Where do you buy it?
              Online at The Tea Spot.

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              • #8
                Get your D level tested. Meanwhile; Rooibos tea. Paleobird is right.
                activate the rhythm, the rhythm that has always been within

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                • #9
                  Get your Vit D levels optimal.

                  What cillakat says about it:

                  Definitely test first as there is a huuuuge variation in what folks need. More body fat and/or more inflammation generally means more D is needed per pound - but not always. There are genetic differences in vitamin D binding protein that make it very hard to determine without testing.

                  Ranges for adults I know are from 2000-10,000 IU per day. O_O. Cannel from the vitamin D council says 5,000 IU per day for adults (though with qualifications and exceptions). One acquaintance who is very sun avoidant, yet very healthy and low body fat reached levels of 90 ng/mL taking 5,000 IU per day. He's 165 lbs. Cannel indicates 400 IU per 10 lbs body weight for kids (which is the same as 1000 IU per 25 lbs body weight) but again with qualifications.

                  Sufficient preformed A but definitely not excessive A is important as it increases D needs. I'm somewhere in between the Vitamin D Council (pro-D anti-A) and the WAPF (pro-extremely high A doses and high D doses). I think adults need 400 IU for every 10-25 lbs body weight (from all sources) depending on a variety of health issues and about 3x that in A per day.

                  In Michigan in the winter you are getting no D from sun. Nada. So starting in a few weeks, assume no D from sun (even if it's hot, even if you get a burn....) and test/dose accordingly.

                  grassrootshealth.net has a great home D test that's part of a population study. It's a very accurate test and is a great project. Do consider joining if it's at all a possibility.

                  Oil based D is good - not dry tabs. Anything from harvest health is fine. I happen to like iherb. Runs about 40% less than Harvest Health. Here are some google docs I put together to cover what supplements I use, where I buy and more. http://goo.gl/KmsCx

                  yes, feel free to repost/share. add the qualification that I realize there is always new information coming out and that recommendations will change. And that even among the vitamin D scientists there is considerable variation in recommendations for amounts, though typically they agree that an ideal serum level is 40-60 ng/mL (100-150 nmol/L). This recent information may change that guideline to 48-60 ng/mL (120-150 nmol/L). The 40-60 ng/mL guideline comes from grassrootshealth. This project has all of the major D researchers *worldwide* on board. Their info trumps Cannell, WAPF and Jaminet for the general population. For some specific instances, Jaminet (on the low end) and Cannell (on the high end) probably have some valid points and make recommendations worth considering.
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                  • #10
                    (Damn you, Winter, with your colds and flus and non-descript viruses. Everyone else in Phoenix may love you, but I think you suck.)

                    I take Grapefruit Seed Extract and up the probiotics when I feel the funk coming on. I am also a big believer in real, old-fashioned, homemade Chicken Soup. We forgo the noodles, of course. I make pots and pots of it in the winter.

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                    • #11
                      1. Avoid sugar like the plague. It slams your immune system like none other.
                      2. Vitamin D.
                      3. Vitamin C in very high doses.
                      "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." -- Hippocrates

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                        Rooibos Tea. Lots of it.
                        Glad to read it! I've got some sinus funk (naughty day Monday, my own fault), and got Rooibos chocolate chai from Zhena's Gypsy Tea and Red Velvet Cake tea from Republic of Tea. I also have Yerba Mate chocolatte. Needless to say I've been drinking tea today like an alcoholic (mainly to keep warm and stay relaxed), but I'm glad that a Primal friend says there's good benefit to it!
                        Last edited by Dr. Bork Bork; 09-22-2011, 03:01 PM.
                        --Trish (Bork)
                        TROPICAL TRADITIONS REFERRAL # 7625207
                        http://pregnantdiabetic.blogspot.com
                        FOOD PORN BLOG! http://theprimaljunkfoodie.blogspot.com

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Yvonne PHX View Post
                          I am also a big believer in real, old-fashioned, homemade Chicken Soup. We forgo the noodles, of course. I make pots and pots of it in the winter.
                          This. I have a jar of home made beef stock in my freezer. We will be roasting a chicken soon, so I'll be sure to keep the chicken stock too!
                          --Trish (Bork)
                          TROPICAL TRADITIONS REFERRAL # 7625207
                          http://pregnantdiabetic.blogspot.com
                          FOOD PORN BLOG! http://theprimaljunkfoodie.blogspot.com

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                          • #14
                            Careful with the yerba matte, Trish. That stuff is like crack. You will be mainlining it soon if not careful and having the shakes if you don't get your fix. It is a very powerful stimulant.

                            My 80 year old BFF who is a Jewish great grandma originally from Vienna makes the best broth that definitely has medicinal powers. For chicken broth, she says there is nothing better than a big ol' batch of chicken feet, dirt cheap at the Vietnamese market. She said it is something about all the ligaments and tendons adding to the mix.
                            Last edited by Paleobird; 09-22-2011, 03:12 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Don't forget the "obvious" - wash your hands frequently and try not to touch your face. If you need to be out in public, on a plane, etc. and think your immune system is not strong, wear a surgical mask. On that note, I wish wearing gloves would make a come-back.
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