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Old 10-23-2009, 07:58 AM
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wintertime "wtf do I do to boost my immune system?" thread

I am sick for the third time since summer ended, and it's only just starting to hit freezing, so in Ottawa we've got at least another twenty degrees to go before we hit rock bottom (and more like 30+ degrees on the really cold days in January/February).

I sleep 9 hours a day, sometimes 10; I drink lots of fluids, mostly water; I eat pretty well and exercise moderately; and I take vitamin supplements (multivitamin; individual vitamin C & D pills; and fish oil capsules for EFAs).

Clearly, it's not doing a whole helluva lot for me.

I am just about at my wit's end, and this cold (or whatever it is) has been really brutal, my chest and head hurt every time I cough, which is often (so that's why I've been bitchy the last 72 hours ).

For those of you who are healthy year-round (seriously, are there people who don't even get sick once a year?), what's your secret? I don't really believe echinacea does anything based on the studies I've seen reported on, but I'm pretty open to trying new things if anyone has suggestions beyond the common sense which has been failing me so far.
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Hi it's me again Anyway we just had a discussion about this in my nursing class last week. There are a couple things you can do to boost your immune system. Make sure you are eating enough protein. Limit your caffeine intake. Eat plenty of raw fruits and vegetables. Lemons are very good for you too, if you squeeze a couple lemons into your glass of water that should be enough. I thought this was really weird but it actually boosts your alkalinity which maintains your body's internal climate at a PH level which supports healthy bacteria rather than harmful viruses and bacteria. I'm sure you already are aware of this but make sure you're washing your hands very often. If they get dry from washing so much make sure to well moisturize because tiny cracks and cuts are great sites for bacteria to enter. Last make sure you take time for yourself and get plenty of rest. Good Luck, hopefully the flu isn't going around there like it is in the states.
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Old 10-23-2009, 09:23 AM
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Hmm I had no idea protein had anything to do with immune defense, maybe that's it. I've been trying to eat fruits and vegetables for the vitamins. Thanks for the tip.
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Coming from Ottawa, I've tried a lot of things but nothing except for moving has ever worked. I don't know if it's the weather or the fact that I don't work at the moment (so am exposed to fewer germs) but this is the first September/October that I haven't been sick that I can remember.

I've heard that using a neti pot daily helps. I don't do this so I can't say, although I use one when I'm sick.

Get better soon. I hope the weather warms up a little next week at least - so you can get better, and for my visit!
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Thank you for the good info, Lynne!
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Old 10-23-2009, 10:44 AM
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I have no medical training or knowledge, but whenever I start feeling the sickness come on, I pop Cold-Eze or something similar (Emergen-C if I have the time).

Sorry you're not feeling well
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My son and I have had a hard fall so far battling strep throat. In an effort to minimize antibiotic usage, we have both been taking as much vit.c as possible. As well, I have been using oil of oregano daily and I've been giving him colloidal silver. Both are supposed to be good for immunity (baby boy gets the silver because it is tastless and the oil of oregano would be too strong for him). Since starting this about two weeks ago, I do feel better. At times I feel like if I let my guard down at all, I'll be sick again, but so far, so good.
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Old 10-23-2009, 02:47 PM
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As well as trying my best to eat a balanced diet, I take a zinc pill daily. Everyone seems to have been ill in my office at work, but so far i've been ok.
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Hi it's me again Anyway we just had a discussion about this in my nursing class last week. There are a couple things you can do to boost your immune system. Make sure you are eating enough protein. Limit your caffeine intake. Eat plenty of raw fruits and vegetables. Lemons are very good for you too, if you squeeze a couple lemons into your glass of water that should be enough. I thought this was really weird but it actually boosts your alkalinity which maintains your body's internal climate at a PH level which supports healthy bacteria rather than harmful viruses and bacteria. I'm sure you already are aware of this but make sure you're washing your hands very often. If they get dry from washing so much make sure to well moisturize because tiny cracks and cuts are great sites for bacteria to enter. Last make sure you take time for yourself and get plenty of rest. Good Luck, hopefully the flu isn't going around there like it is in the states.
AAAAH! Not the caffeine (I neeeeeedsss my coffee to survive!) I need to add more protein to my diet, I've been sick 3 times since we went back to school in sept
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Just moved this to the General Health Discussion area.

Carry on. When anyone finds the secret to no more illness, please let me know.
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^Me too please.

I don't have much for tips, but make sure your vitamin D intake is good because I know you're in Canada Sliver, being high up north, you get less vitamin D, not good for your immunity all around.
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AAAAH! Not the caffeine (I neeeeeedsss my MOUNTAIN DEW to survive!)
That's exactly what I thought when I read this. Oy.
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i haven't been sick for at least a year and a half...maybe more i can't even remember the last time i had a cold. i work in a hospital so i'm exposed to just about everything (which is probably why my immune system is so good)

first of all...get the flu shot! and the H1N1 too! multivitamins are good however taking tons of vitamin C only when you get sick will do absolutely nothing for you...it takes months to get an immune benefit from vitamins and you risk overdosing regular sleeping patterns, eating well, and exercising are all good. you also have to go out in the world and expose yourself to all the "germs." you can't fight off infections if your body doesn't have prior exposure to the antigen. sounds crazy but that's how your immune system works and is the science behind vaccines
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i haven't been sick for at least a year and a half...maybe more i can't even remember the last time i had a cold. i work in a hospital so i'm exposed to just about everything (which is probably why my immune system is so good)

first of all...get the flu shot! and the H1N1 too! multivitamins are good however taking tons of vitamin C only when you get sick will do absolutely nothing for you...it takes months to get an immune benefit from vitamins and you risk overdosing regular sleeping patterns, eating well, and exercising are all good. you also have to go out in the world and expose yourself to all the "germs." you can't fight off infections if your body doesn't have prior exposure to the antigen. sounds crazy but that's how your immune system works and is the science behind vaccines
agree; everyone should get vitamin c every day to maintain a healthy level. although vitamin c is excreted from your body daily, it's still best not to overtake it.

i agree with everything else you said about exposing ourselves to germs. we have oversanitized everything to the point that our immune systems are getting weaker. a little dirt never hurt anyone.
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I love Emergen-C this time of year!
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I think probiotics help. I have been drinking a good belly everyday. Plus they are yummy.
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Last year my doctor told me that more and more research is showing that vitamin D is really crucial for proper immune system functioning (My mother's doc in NY told her the same thing), and that there are high levels of deficiency in the US. I live in the Pacific NW, so I have to supplement for most of the year (about 4000 IU per day per doc's advice). Those in sunnier climes probably don't need as much.

Besides eating really well (with LOTS of raw produce, juices and smoothies) and doing yoga and cardio, I also do really well supplementing with Astragalus. I try to keep the supplements simple, and get my nutrients mainly from good fresh foods.. .

I can't remember the last time I've had a cold.. . definitely not last year. I haven't had a flu for four years (and I think that was food poisoning--yikes).

That's what's working for me!
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Thank you for the good info, Lynne!


holy wow this is an old thread. Oops.
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I know, the thread is super old--I realized that after I posted.
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