What to do for cold and flu

The flu is running rampant but you don’t need to be a victim of it. Basic good nutrition with plenty of vegetables and fresh fruit will do wonders, but a few key supplements with anti-viral and bacteriocidal properties can keep you germ free. Tried and true: Vitamin C 300-1000 mg/day. This old favorite has been shown to shorten the duration of a cold and even significantly decreased the length of  hospital stay due to pneumonia. Newcomer:  NAC or N-acetyl cysteine 500-1000 mg/day. NAC boosts the cell’s ability to recycle glutathione, a large anti-oxidant that protects the cell. In addition, NAC reduces virus replication and can reduce the severity of symptoms, and speed recovery if you do get the flu. Take 500 mg/day throughout cold and flu season for prevention. If you opt out of a preventive strategy, begin NAC as soon as you feel symptoms. You only have 48 hours to stop a virus from replicating and running its course. Sunshine in a bottle: Vitamin D3 1000-2000 IU/day. Vitamin D3 is a big player when it comes to your immune system. Ask your doctor to check your blood levels of Vitamin D to determine your best dose. Maintain blood levels between 50-70 ng/ml for the best disease prevention. Personal favorite: Quick Defense by Gaia. 1-2 capsules every 6-8 hours, up to 48 hours. Echinacea, andrographis and elderberry pack a punch against viruses. Again, the key is beginning this supplement at the first sign of illness. I’m often asked, what supplements do you take? There are two main brands I recommend and then several others for particular supplements like calcium (Nature’s Plus) and Quick Defense above. You can use the links below to access my favorite supplements!

Designs for Health Supplements

Prothera/Klaire Supplements  Use patient code ‘H36’ to order from Prothera.