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Prevention and early treatment are essential to get through the "sick season" relatively unscathed, so I’m going to share my best tips and supplement protocols with you. While prevention is always best, stocking up and having a plan for when illness creeps in will have you feeling better in no time. You can’t afford to wait a few days for a delivery when you are ill, and I’m sure you won’t be up to shopping.

Prevention is key

Now, I am not the girl who sanitizes everything, as there is something to be said about building up the immune system, but hand washing is extremely important when it comes to not spreading germs. I know some people complain that their hands become dry and chapped (you might need more healthy fats in your diet), but this is not a valid excuse not to wash your hands frequently throughout the day.

Vitamin D3 is extremely important for a strong immune system. Unfortunately, most people run very low without supplementation. Low levels of D3 make you much more susceptible to colds and flu and host of other issues. Autoimmune diseases and many cancers have the common denominator of a low vitamin D3 as well. Levels between 65-100 seem to be the most protective. For most individuals this takes approximately 6000ius per day. My favorite type is Liqui-D3 by Rx Vitamins. It is extremely bio-available and so easy to take.

Vitamin C is also a great preventer. Unfortunately, the most common type our there is ascorbic acid which is only one quarter of what vitamin C really is, and this is what you are finding on the shelf. Better options would be C-1000 by Protocol for Life Balance or Ester-C by Klaire Labs. 1000mg per day of C-1000 or 500mg of Ester -C is a great seasonal protocol for prevention.

Colloidal silver is the best prevention when it comes to being around sick individuals or travelling. Colloidal silver is antibacterial (without destroying good bacteria), antiviral, and antifungal. I use five sprays daily during cold and flu season and also before boarding flights. This is especially helpful for those who are prone to yearly sinus infections and bronchitis. ACS Silver by Results RNA is my seasonal favorite.

Sleep is restorative and preventative when it comes to your health. An overworked, overtired individual is an open door to illness. Cerentity by Ortho Molecular Productsis my favorite go-to for help when I need a good night’s sleep. (It is also exceptional for daytime anxiety). For relaxing music, visit SoundCloud to find a sleep meditation or music that works for you. 

I’m sick, now what? 

OK, everyone is susceptible now and then, but when illness strikes, you want to act fast to turn things around. I have found that when I think I’m coming down with a cold, if I can prevent that stuffy nose from happening, I can overcome it all together. I use one tablet of pseudoephedrine and 400mg of guaifenesin. I rarely need more than a few doses. (Not for those suffering from arrhythmias or high blood pressure.)

Overdose on vitamin C. I will now increase my dose of Vitamin C to 6000mg daily. If this dosage causes diarrhea, back down to 4000mg. The higher you can go, the faster you will clear the illness, as it acts as an illness flush.

Zinc. Although some have trouble tolerating zinc (nausea), most can tolerate 30mg daily. Zinc is a strong antiviral. I like Zinc Supreme by Designs for Health. Take it will food.

Colloidal silver. As described previous colloidal silver has anti-infective properties but, unlike the preventative dosing, increase to five sprays, three times daily.

DEFENSE by Optimal Health Systems is probably one of my favorite remedies and works fast against the common cold. Unfortunately, you have to order from optimalhealthsystems.com directly but they have excellent customer service. If you mention my name, I believe you get a discount off your first order. While you are there, they also carry the best probiotic at a great price, FLORA PLUS. I always recommend probiotics after antibiotic or steroid use.

Oscillococcinum is a homeopathic remedy specific for the flu. One vial every six  hours will shorten downtime from the flu significantly. This is one of my favorite homeopathic remedies.

Chicken soup. Freeze some homemade chicken soup for when illness strikes. There is nothing better.

Stay hydrated. I know, it is so hard to stay hydrated when you are not feeling well, but it will help you to feel better, liquify secretions, and rid yourself of the illness faster. Herbal tea, bone broth, and warm water with lemon or with honey are just a few suggestions. 

Watch your words

People who say “I never get sick” are generally right. This is a basic example of the Law of Attraction. Individuals who say and believe they rarely get sick will probably not get sick as often and those who say, “I am always sick” or “I catch things so easily” or “I always get sick after the flu shot.” Be mindful of what you say and think, as it has incredible power over your circumstances.

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Catherine (Cathi) Stack is owner, facilitator and Doctor of Naturopathy at Journey II Health, LLC established in 2007 and currently located in Niagara Falls. Along with her naturopathic practice that specializes in colon health and bio-identical hormone replacement, Stack is a practicing staff midwife at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. She currently writes articles for local, national and international publications. Cathi’s first book, Free Yourself from a CONSTIPATED Life, is a multi-award- winning book available on Amazon as well as her newest, PUSH, Labor & Delivery from the Inside Out. Visit journeyiihealth.com for more information.

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