Summer is over and autumn is coming. Schools have started and running noses, the flu and allergies are also on their way.
I had always been the first one to catch a viral infection, whether it was a common cold or the flu. It was the year 2016. My family and I had moved to Spain. I hoped things would be better in a Mediterranean climate, but it wasn’t. In fact, they became worse than they had ever been.
That winter I was down with a bug five times. I’d lost a lot of weight and I felt very weak. I decided to make an appointment with my doctor. She ran some tests and after a few weeks I went back for the results. She told me that everything was good and according to her my problem must be stress related.
If I had left it to that, my life would have been very different from what it is today.
I knew something must have been going on in my body. Every person is different; some people I know seem to have very strong immune systems and are rarely ill. Obviously my immune system wasn’t that strong. In my search on how to strengthen my own immune system I discovered some very interesting books.
One of them has changed my life forever.
In that book I have discovered something simple, inexpensive, harmless and remarkably effective. Since I had no other options (now I know, it should have been my first option to try it) and these authors seemed experts in this area I decided to give it a shot.
Ever since I’ve integrated this simple method in my life, I haven’t had the flu. Not even a running nose or cough. And my hay fever is gone. What it is?
We all know vitamin C is good for us. We eat oranges and squeeze lemon in our water every once in a while. Most people I know take 1000 mg daily according to the RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance). This level of intake prevents sickness and death in short-term but has little relevance in disease prevention. If you want to prevent yourself from getting ill, you need an optimal intake. An optimal intake is the amount of vitamin C that is close to your maximum absorption.
Every person is biologically unique and it is impossible to specify a single intake for a large group of people. The age and stage of someone’s health also influences the required intake. Some healthy people tolerate 2000 mg of vitamin C but when they are stressed or ill, they tolerate a 50- fold or even a 100-fold. If you want to prevent yourself from a running nose or the flu (or any other nasty diseases for that matter; read “Vitamin C: The Real Story“) you have to establish your own level of vitamin C intake.
Here’s how you do it:
Start with a low dose of vitamin C and repeat it every hour until you experience some bowel movement (gas, distention and loose stools). This level of intake is your bowel tolerance level. The optimal intake is 50-90% of this maximum. Note that consuming a lot of carbs can interfere with the bowel tolerance test and indicate a lower limit. Your daily intake should be your optimal intake.
If you feel you’re getting a cold of you’ve got the first sign of the flu, your intake should be at therapeutic level. Take it in frequent dosages to bowel tolerance level. The Vitamin C Foundation recommends taking at least 8000 mg of vitamin C every 20 minutes for 3-4 hours until bowel tolerance. The major side effect of vitamin C overload is an unmistakable diarrhea. This indicates absolute saturation. The therapeutic level is the highest amount that will not give you diarrhea.
In Linus Paulings book: “How to Live Longer and Feel Better”, Dr. Cathcart has provided estimates of the amount to reach bowel tolerance in various diseases. These values range from 30.000 milligrams for a mild cold up to 200.000 milligrams for a viral pneumonia. An individual’s bowel tolerance level indicates the severity of the illness.
As Linus Pauling has described: “ You must remember, too, to be on the lookout for the first symptoms of the cold and to be prepared to take immediate action. If you wait a day, or even a few hours, and if you take too small an amount of the vitamin C, the cold may reach the stage where it cannot be stopped.”
Let autumn begin!