What to do BEFORE a Virus takes you Down – 7 Ways To Stop a Cold Dead in Its Tracks
- Immediately you get the merest hint of a cold, take 3 grams of vitamin C and then 2 grams every 4 hours (or 3 times a day). Make sure you take a dose before you go to bed. Alternatively, mix 6 grams of vitamin C powder in fruit juice diluted with water and drink throughout the day. Some people prefer to use Calcium Ascorbate, a less acidic form of vitamin C
- Also supplement other immune boosting nutrients, especially vitamins A and E, selenium and zinc. Zinc lozenges have been shown to lessen the duration of colds at a dose of 10-15 mg every two hours (NB: they can make you feel a little nauseous)
- Eat lightly, preferably relying mainly on fruits and vegetables, including those rich in vitamins A and C – carrots, beetroot, peppers and citrus fruits
- Reduce or avoid mucus-forming foods, particularly fatty meats and cows milk products. These make your lymphatic fluid thick, which is the main transport system for immune cells which carry invading viruses to lymph nodes for further punishment
- Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, tea and coffee. Drink plenty of water and herb/fruit teas
- Take it easy. Do everything slowly and avoid stressful situations. Get some rest and plenty of sleep
- Once you think you’ve won, wait at least 24 hours then cut the vitamins down to 1 gram of vitamin C three times a day and one immune boosting vitamin and mineral supplement in the morning. Once you have been well for 3 days go back to your normal supplement programme.