Winterize Your Body

| August 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Vaccines are not your best shot at preventing the flu and other viral illnesses like measles, shingles, and MMR.  The common denominator for those who get sick from viruses and food borne illness is a weakened immune system.  In the very young, the immune system is immature.  In the elderly, the immune system is weakened by hormonal decline.  Both groups can suffer from nutritional deficiencies due to low hydrochloric acid.  Some basic nutritional supplementation is important to understand, especially for “tweeners” (those of you taking care of your kids and your parents/grandparents.)

Iodine/iodide – These 2 minerals are in the chemical category called “halogens”.   Also, included in this group are: fluoride, bromine and chlorine.  Halogens are powerful critter killers.  Chlorine is used as an industrial disinfectant used to disinfect swimming pools, municipal water and hospital environments.  Fluoride is used in mouthwashes and toothpaste to kill mouth critters and prevent cavities.  Bromine is used to prevent critter overgrowth in commercial grain products like bread, muffins and bagels.  Because all these minerals are similar in structure, the presence of too much of one can cause the body to mistakenly substitute them for iodine/iodide.  Iodine/iodide are important for keeping critter levels down in living tissues.  Iodine allows ocean fish to live in a big toilet without getting sick.  Every cell in your body has attachment sites (receptors) where iodine/iodide attach.  When you eat foods high in iodine/iodide or use a supplement, these halogens attach to your cells and act like chlorine in a swimming pool.  They protect you from critter overgrowth-viruses, Candida yeast and bacteria. Iodoral, IodoRx and liquid Lugol’s all contain both iodine and iodide.  You need both.  Three Iodoral or IodoRx is an adult dose. For the 2% Lugol’s we carry, use 12 drops for adults and 6 drops for children. You can’t be “allergic” to iodine any more than you can be allergic to salt.  You must have both to stay alive.  You can be allergic to iodine containing chemicals used in radiological procedures.  People with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis should use iodine under supervision.

Cholecalciferol – This is the name for the steroid hormone we call “vitamin D”.  Vitamins are building blocks like wood and bricks. Hormones are more like carpenters that put the building blocks together.  Hormones cause your cells to make things.  Vitamin D stimulates the production of cathlecidins -natural critter killers.  Vitamin D is normally made by your body in response to sunlight. As we approach days with less sunlight, Fall/Winter, we make less vitamin D.  This makes critter overgrowth more likely, especially viruses.  This is one reason why the flu season is in the Fall and Winter.  Vitamin D is also important for making brain happy chemicals called “neurotransmitters”.  Vitamin D deficiency during Fall/Winter months can cause a type of depression called “Seasonal Affective Disorder”-SAD.

Vitamin D is found in fish oil, mushrooms and is added to milk/dairy products.  I’ve tested people from all over the world for blood levels of vitamin D.  Most everyone is low.  Only way to know for sure is to get tested.  Levels should be between 70-100.  Adults can safely take 5,000 iu/day without testing.  Kids can safely take 2,000 iu. It takes time to raise vitamin D levels so start in August to make sure you have good levels by November.

Vitamin A – This is another misnamed hormone.  Vitamin A is critical for the structural integrity of cells.  Building blocks called “glycosaminoglycans” are like scaffolding for cell membranes.  If vitamin A levels are low, cell membranes become weak.  This allows viruses to easily penetrate cell membranes, gain access to your DNA, and make copies of themselves.  Cell death and release of these new viruses, as seen below, causes your immune system to produce chemicals called cytokines.  It’s the production of these cytokines, not the viruses, that cause your symptoms.  The cytokine response can be mild enough to cause fever, sniffles, pain, etc.….  or aggressive enough to cause death, as seen often with the flu viruses or the Ebola virus.  If vitamin A levels are adequate, it prevents viruses from ever getting inside your cells.  It’s the “Nip it in the bud” vitamin.  Dark colored vegetables provide carotenoids that you convert to vitamin A if thyroid levels are adequate.  Eat plenty of dark green/red/yellow/orange vegetables.  Great use for pumpkins and squash during flu season. If there is a viral infection, use 200 IU of vitamin A for 2 days to abort the infection.  Vitamin A can also be used under supervision to stop heavy vaginal bleeding.

Probiotics – These so called “good bacteria” are critical to good health for many reasons.  These bacteria are responsible for making some nutrients we need like vitamin K.  They also help keep critter levels down.  Good bacteria require an acid environment.  If hydrochloric acid levels are low, good bacteria don’t do well.  Keep good bacteria levels up by eating fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, yogurt and kombucha.

Vitamin CVitamin C is a very basic and critical nutrient for overall health.  Like vitamin A, vitamin C is important for structural integrity.  Retinol (vitamin A) and vitamin C are popular ingredients in cosmetics and dermatology because they restore collagen and reduce skin wrinkling.  Vitamin C is also important for adrenal health.  Vitamin C is also a building block for weapons used by your immune system to kill critters.  Like vitamin A, vitamin C can be used in high doses to treat viral infections.  You can find out how much vitamin C you need by researching “vitamin C/bowel tolerance”.  Vitamin C acts like internal sunscreen.  Loading up with vitamin C prior to prolonged sun exposure prevents sunburn which in turn prevents skin cancer.  Should seem strange that skin cancer rates have gone up as we get less sun exposure.  This is because most people no longer eat enough fruits/vegetables to get adequate vitamin C and other pigments plants produce to protect from UV light from the sun.  1000 mg of vitamin C is a good daily dose.  This should be split up throughout the day as you have a limited capacity to absorb vitamin C.  Or eat 10 servings of fruits/vegetables each day.

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