Feeling a little under the weather and heard that some guys take BCAA, extra vitamin C etc to help fight a cold. Any recommendations?
I have some and coming today and wanted to be 100% before starting these, thanks!
This is what I've been doing through the winter months.
Vitamin D - 12,000iu daily
Vitamin C - 500mg 3-4x per day
Zinc Picolinate - 50mg twice per day
It's essential to balance out the zinc with copper when you take it in high doses like that. I take 2-6mg of copper daily.
I know a few people who swear by echinacea (sp?) never used it myself though.
REST, time off.
Just heard once you have a cough it's reported nothing will touch it for 18 days....could just be more propaganda ?
Flu is a virus, not much else to do but live through it. Get med's if it lasts.
Bad food (poisoning): activated charcoal - will make poop hard & black. Once feeling better refeed the digestive enzymes with some acidolphilus or cultured yogert.
I've actually bee EXTREMELY successful at fighting colds and the flu, for the most part. Once I start to even have symptoms, I stop working out for a couple days, start to eat like a madman and drink tons of fluids. Normally this works very well for me as I have not had a full-blown cold or flue this year and nothing last year either, but I have been feeling crappy for 2 days now. Been wanting to work out, but heard that can really bring
on the cold or flu by lowering your immune system, is that true? I assume the stress of working out can temp do that, not sure though.
I think I will pick up a couple of the things mentioned above, especially the zinc. Already mega-dosing the vitamin C.
Is a daily dose of that much Vitamin D even safe? I guess I've just heard so many different things when it comes to dosing it that it can be confusing. Some people say no more than 2,000iu, some say no more than 5-6,000iu per day, and others drop 10,000iu per day. I guess you can't really be sure w/o a vitamin D test done.
I live in Pittsburgh and sunshine isn't in abundance here from December through March-April....
Also, my buddy had thyroid surgery done a couple years ago, and along with AndroGel the doc prescribed him 50,000iu Vitamin D pills taken once per week (that's obviously a special needs situation though).
1. Increase water intake
2. Akalize your body, 1tbsp lemon juice several times a day and/or apple cidar vinegar
3. Cold Ez Zinc (I dont think they work, but wtf.. there cheap)
4. High Vit C intake
5. Tons of echinacea
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Zinc, Vitamin C and I tan.
I am rarely sick, but if I feel something coming on I tan in a tanning bed to help with Vitamin D. Seriously, not joking. UV rays are the best source of Vitamin D. 10 min will do, you dont have to stay a full session to up Vitamin D.
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I squat. And if that doesn't work, I'll take vitamin C. Which rarely ever works.
I go up to 4g Vitamin C. 15-20g L - Glutamine. Throw down 2-3 B-100 Complex. Echinacea / Goldenseal. Drink 4-5 Cups Green Tea w/ Lemon. 50-100mg Zinc. I do this once I feel a cold/flu coming on and 95% of the time it stops it in its tracks.
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I'm BACK! :-) Well, after a couple days off I felt good enough to get back in the gym and do tri-bi's. I felt pretty strong this morning
so the days off and extra vitamins seemed to help! Everybody here at work is coughing and hacking and I am pretty much back
to normal! Will still take care of myself, but it appears the worst is over for now, thanks for all the tips! I will write them down in case
I start feeling sick again!
This is why we need a well known company to come out with a cold/flu/immune booster supplement. I hear the S.N.S. may be coming out with something like this. I have previously used Source Naturals Wellness formula which actually works pretty well at either lowering the duration of a cold or stopping it if you start taking it on time and take it consistently. Only side effect from is it was more bathroom visits.
I usually quadruple my glutamine intake. If that does not work I go see my doctor
Anhow I would say...Up Zinc intake, Vitamin C (500mg to 1g tops...) a day, Vitamin D in a megadosed fashion...hydrate more, 1 gallon of water a day and add electrolytes. In the end...nothing like good old rest and higher micro and macro nutrient intake!
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People might laugh but those cold-eeze lozenges are the ****. I was sick about 3 yrs ago and started sucking on those right away. Cold lasted 2 days tops!