Vitamin C is the one of the most essential vitamins that every family should have in their medicine cabinet as a treatment for the viruses that cause colds, flu and respiratory infections. My conclusions are based on research that I have been studying for over 30 years on the effectiveness of vitamin C for fighting illness. It is also based on positive outcomes that I have had from my own use and my patients use. My family uses vitamin C extensively when we are not feeling well. Vitamin C is a game changer for wellness. Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant which means that C helps to repair the body’s cellular damage. Vitamin C has extremely high anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties making it the perfect vitamin for building the body’s defenses against illness. The trick to getting the most benefit out of vitamin C is knowing how and when to take it. Vitamin C is a water soluble vitamin. This means the vitamin is not stored in the body for more than a few hours before it is excreted in the urine. Therefore, vitamin C has to be taken at intervals throughout the day when illness is starting or illness has taken hold in the body. Vitamin C also has to be taken at a high enough dose to be effective. The higher the dose the better for getting rid of the virus or bacterial infection. Sadly, when we get into the upper mega doses of C, gastric distress or stomach / bowel issues will occur which can cause cramping or diarrhea. The ultimate form of vitamin C use is intravenously. The C is injected into the blood stream from a IV bag and doses as high as 20,000 mg can be given bypassing the stomach and preventing stomach / bowel issues. Most vitamin C tablets or capsules come in 250mg, 500mg, or 1000mg doses. You can see based on those dosages you would have to take a lot of pills to get that many milligrams in the body to do the job. IV vitamin C is becoming more popular in the medical profession. Dr. Brian Sokalsky in Somers Point and Linwood has opened an IV hydration practice where he can give these types of treatment (on a side note, IV therapy with C and ozone is helping a lot of patients with covid-19 long haul symptoms and post covid-19 vaccine reactions). Here are a few tips for your own at home use of vitamin C. First off, I do not take a lot of vitamin C on a daily basis. You don’t need to. Especially if you are eating a whole foods diet. I personally take 1000mg of vitamin C every day. When starting not to feel well, I will increase my vitamin C intake and use multiple dosages a day at timed intervals. With regular vitamin C supplements, as I mentioned there is a limit to how frequent and how much C you can take before you get a belly ache. If taking regular vitamin C, myself, and my patients safely get by with taking 3000mg of vitamin C every 4 hours which is 12,000mg a day. To bypass this limitation for greater effect, there is a better version of vitamin C to take orally. It is called liposomal vitamin C. Liposomal vitamin C is designed not to cause stomach distress. Regular vitamin C attracts water which leads to dehydration which then causes diarrhea. Liposomal C absorbs into the body’s cells with very little going into the digestive system, skipping the stomach illness part. Liposomal vitamin C is the way to go. Because of this ability, people not feeling well can get high doses of C into the body fast. For instance, the last time I was feeling ill, I took 5000mg of liposomal vitamin C every hour for 4 hours. 20,000mg of C with no stomach issues and the next day, no sign of illness. I advise my patients when sick to take frequent, higher dose C at intervals throughout the day until feeling better. Once symptoms improve, stop your intense C therapy and go back to your one a day. Liposomal vitamin C should be in your medicine cabinet. It will make the difference in preventing the early signs of illness from further development or if sick will definitely shorten the illnesses duration. Liposomal vitamin C is on the shelf in my office (right next to the most essential vitamin, D3).
A hug a day keeps the doctor away!! People who had greater social support and more frequent hugs were less likely to “catch” a cold after they were exposed to the virus. Hugs were responsible for about one-third of the protective effect. Hugging increases levels of the “love hormone” oxytocin, which may have beneficial effects on your heart health and more.
Chiropractic Thought for the Week: In order to be truly healthy, your nervous system needs to be functioning without interference. Chiropractic care removes the interference in the nervous system by putting motion in the spine with the chiropractic adjustment. The spinal motion from the adjustment opens up the joint spaces between the bones and allows the nerve’s impulses to flow unimpeded to all of the body’s cells, tissues, organs and systems (systems like the immune system, digestive system, respiratory system and reproductive system which is one of the main reasons chiropractors perform prenatal pregnancy care. Pregnancy chiropractic care ensures that the developing baby is getting the optimal nerve impulse energy). Chiropractic care is health care.
Covid-19 Deaths: It was recently reported on that the vast majority of covid-19 deaths (94.5%), the people dying had an average of 2.5 co-morbidities or pre-existing conditions per person. This backs up the importance of last week’s article where I wrote about things people should do to be healthier and how to protect yourself from covid-19 if in those risk categories.