Thursday, January 19, 2012

Away from home and sick

(The following went out to our son away in college when he came down with the flu. Its miserable being sick anytime, but especially when you are away from home for the first time. As I wrote this I realized that others might benefit from some of the ideas here so I decided to share. Hope you have a healthy winter. )
I sure hope you are feeling better. We would really like to see you stay healthy and you have all the tools you need  at your disposal.
  1. Sanitation - since many germs including the dreaded mono and hepatitis germs are spread via sharing drinks or dirty cups, you can use the microwave to sterilize containers (non metal of course) Just add some water to the container and process on high for 1 minute or just until the water boils. This is also a great way to disinfect wash cloths and sponges. Frequent hand and hand towel washing is essential too.
  2. Prevention - we have to get beyond the idea that nutrition doesn't matter and when you get sick is when you think about vitamins. Such a waste of time - being sick that is.  You have Body Balance which has been proven to boost the immune system exponentially so you do not get sick or get a much milder illness. Add Vit D-3 and Vit C (they both work better when you combine them) and you will be almost unstoppable. You need to take enough though. If you have not taken D for a while - take 4-6 pills a day (20,000- 30.000IU). After a week or two, drop down to 3 pills a day. Take 1-2grams of VitC (one Vitali-C) daily and you should be good to go. We have put you on an autoship of 2 bottles of Body Balance and one Vitali-C monthly. They will be shipped to the dorm. This allows 2oz (shot glass) of BB and one V-C daily. Double that or more for a while till you feel better.
  3. Healing - at the first sign of illness ie. fever, chills, body aches, sore throat, sneezing, etc; add Tahebo and Silver - 1 dropper each every hour until you feel better. Get EXTRA SLEEP. I know some think that going out in the cold does not make you sick - and they are partly right. What makes you sick is getting chilled (you shiver, feel cold) when you body is already harboring a virus or bacterial infection. What happens is the resources/energy that were being used to fight the infection now have to go to warming the body - its a survival priority. So the bug gets a free pass and takes over. Your body's best offense is to create a fever to kill the bug. You can help by getting extra warm with clothes and blankets or a hot shower/bath. Stay warm. Use a hot water bottle and lots of blankets. Help your body to kill the bugs - don't try to cool the fever with n-saids unless you are fighting a headache or the fever is very high (104). Sweat it out! Drink lots of water to stay hydrated!!!
  4. Avoid sugar (save it for special treats) because your immune system is immediately impaired when sugar enters the bloodstream. Many artificial sweeteners have the same effect. So if you eat or drink something sugary when you have picked up a bug somewhere then you go out in the very cold weather, you have a recipe for disaster. Of course the precautions above will surely help.
  5. Rest - even a 10 or 15 minute break where you completely relax, eyes closed, and sink into a bed or chair will do wonders to recharge the immune system and help it catch up in the germ warfare. Do this a couple of times a day and you will be unstoppable.

So feel better soon and know that we are here to help in any way we can.

Love you and please stay in touch.

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