Friday, October 5, 2012
This was the sickest I've been in probably 2-3 years. I did something similar to what I did back then as well to help "cure" it. When I'm sick I don't like to take too much medicine, except maybe painkillers and then not too much of that either. Most medicines, especially over the counter for flu/cold, just make you feel better, mask symptoms and In my opinion takes your body longer to recover. I did end up taking some Nyquil though, because my nose was plugged up, but I'd recommend it only as a last resort. I took some supplements, and used a nasal rinse 2x a day and it helped a lot. The supplements and protocol is heavily borrowed from a blog post by Timothy Ferriss that you can find here: http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2008/03/18/4-anti-cold-cocktails-that-work-from-ancient-china-to-german-alcoholics-and-modern-labs/ I only took an epsom bath once, which I usually do once a week (I take it with baking soda and oats as well). I only made the tea once, and since I couldn't find ginger root I used ground ginger and and orange peel. For supplements I also took some alpha lipoic acid and cinnamon. Simply put here is what you can do and will help a lot: Part 1: Make ginger root/orange peel tea. Basically boil ginger root (peeled) and orange peel, then drink. Part 2: Take Epsom salt bath (optionally with about a cup of baking soda and a cup of oats in a sock tied up, you dont want to make oatmeal in your bathtub) Part 3: Take these supplements. Alpha lipoic acid (go by instructions on supplement bottle) Cinnamon (take with every meal) Probiotics (the good kind that you refrigerate, and take with every meal) vitamin C (8-10 grams, its water soluble, and therefore very hard to overdose on) Garlic (3 times a day, the kind I had was 100 mg, so 200 mg 3x a day) Green Tea extract (go by instructions on supplement bottle) Part 4: Nasal Rinse Use a neti pot, this: http://shop.neilmed.com/s.nl/it.A/id.140/.f?sc=2&category=6 or anything you can get your hands on. Its basically flushing your nasal passages with a mixture of water, salt and/or baking soda. Helps a lot with relieving sinus pressure and allowing you to breathe better. I take some sleep aid as well, melatonin seems to put me out quickly and advil/tylenol pm seems to help a lot as well. The green tea extract and alphia lipoic acid was just to add some more antioxidants but you should be just as good with all the other stuff. In other news, despite being at the tail end of this sickness I have been getting a lot better sleep. I also see my doctor soon and look forward to discussing some things with her, getting some testing done and getting more progress towards being healed.