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Well, I've done it again - I've come down with something! For ages, I've been known for my terrible immune system. Things seemed to be getting better, but I've been sick a few times in the last six months, and I'm getting a little - well, sick of it. 

What do you do when you feel a cold or the flu coming on? I';D love to know!

Laura Hogg asked this
July 1, 2011 at 3:42 PM

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Airborne! It has tons of vitamins to give you the boost you need. Use Airborne when you feel a cold or the flu starting up. I even use Airborne if my husband has come down with something, so I can ward it away from attacking my immune system.

Bri Luginbill answered
July 1, 2011 at 3:46 PM

One trick I've always done is to treat my ears with hydrogen peroxide and a cotton swab. I find that it helps whenever I get cold/flu type symptoms that lean toward ear infection territory. It especially helps if I'm taking public transportation or using my earphones with my mp3 player a lot, since those situations typically lead to more immune troubles for me.

(As with anything though, always be careful when putting anything in your ear, as you really really really don't want to screw up your eardrums!)

Big Dave from SLN answered
July 1, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Oh and what NOT to use: Zicam. I used to use this in spray bottle form and it did nothing for me. Also, using this product too much can cause you to lose your ability to taste. It's because you spray it directly on your tongue. Apparently after prolonged use, people have lost the ability to taste anything. :( So sad.

Bri Luginbill answered
July 1, 2011 at 3:48 PM

I've heard so many good things about Airborne! Guess I'll have to give it a try :)

Iiiiinteresting...I think I'm going to give that a go, since my ear is actually starting to hurt a wee bit. I would imagine you don't want a completely soaking wet cotton swab - yes?

Laura Hogg answered
July 1, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Really? Huh...I've never used the spray bottle form, but I have used some other forms of it, with decent results. Not always great, but not bad. So the other forms have side effects?

Laura Hogg answered
July 1, 2011 at 3:50 PM

I'm fond of Cold Eeze lozenges... zinc and selenium. They taste good and work pretty well for me. I also use Immuno-Xcell to keep good bacteria in my system. Where do the bad ones take hold if there are tons of good ones? Other than that, daily 1500mg vitamin C, 2000 IU vitamin D3, and I'm fond of green tea (with jasmine).

sprouty answered
July 1, 2011 at 4:04 PM

I would imagine you don't want a completely soaking wet cotton swab - yes?

I actually just pour a little into my ear with a dropper or very carefully from a caplet, then swab out my ear with the cotton swab after. But I've also heard of just soaking the cotton swab in hydrogen peroxide first and then treating your ear that way. It all depends on the severity of how you're feeling and what you're personally comfortable with.

Big Dave from SLN answered
July 1, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Hola, Another good immunity booster is Ganoderma Lucidum. It is very potent and usually recommended to the cancer patients to reduce the side effects of chemo therapy. However, it is taken also as a vitality enhancer. It is also know as a Reishi or Lingzhi mushroom. Ceck wikipedia here.

Nikol answered
August 2, 2011 at 3:10 AM

Thanks for the tip, Nikol! I've never heard of it before, but I'd love to know more. Is it something that has to be taken as a supplement, or can you cook with it as well?

Laura Hogg answered
August 3, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Hi Laura, it is taken as a supplement. Even the Chinese emperors were taking Ganoderma as a vitality tonic and immunity booster. It is know to stimulate and modulate your immune system and in addition reduces cholesterol and it has a protective effect on cardiovascular system. Your best bet is to take a highly concentrated extract like GD100 Hope this will help u

Nikol answered
August 9, 2011 at 4:56 AM

It is a little late for this advice, but to boost your immune system and avoid getting sick in the first place, there is good evidence that taking a probiotic daily can reducing the number of cold and flu episodes people get. If you are looking for a good probiotic you can take a yogurt with live cultures or HelloLife's Immuno Xcell.

Even though most of us (my self included) tend to forget about active prevention when we are healthy, it is far easier to boost the immune system to avoid getting sick when we are healthy, than it is to turn the tide of a raging infection once we are already sick.

Stay Healthy,

Dr. Jeff M.D.

Dr. Jeff Chamberlain, MD Health Coach answered
August 28, 2011 at 8:11 PM

My Mom is 86 yrs old and has had respiratory problems since she was a child. During her childhood living on the farm her immune system was terrible. Once she became an adult, moved to the city, started eating healthier, and started taking vitamins and supplements she has been able to live a very healthy life with a much improved immune system.

Beryl answered
August 30, 2011 at 1:45 PM
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