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January 20, 2013

FIT FOR LIFE: Try these ideas to keep the common cold at bay

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Niagara Gazette — A good rule of thumb is — If you have body aches, fever and overall feel like you just went through a tax audit and a root canal, then listen to your body and opt out of training that day.

If you are sick, try these tips to speed recovery:

Take Vitamin D: This is very important for the immune system. It’s been shown to have an immune supportive role, anti-inflammatory actions and anti-microbial effects.

Take Vitamin C: Although there are conflicting studies about Vitamin C’s ability to lessen the severity or shorten the duration of the common cold, for approximately 17 cents a day, I’ll take my chances.

Glutamine: Listed as a conditionally essential amino acid. The body’s heavy hitters in terms of defense (lymphocytes, macrophages, and neutrophils) use glutamine as a fuel source. In short, we could use more of it in our body. Typically touted as a muscle recovery agent, it also helps with immune function. Taking 3-8 grams, two to three times a day, seems to be a common recommendation. I’ve used up to 15 grams, three times a day, with great results. Every individual is different, so listen to your body and your physician.

Hydrogen peroxide: Before I gave in and had sinus surgery, I would suffer from sinus headaches and infections. It seemed every year they would get more frequent and the usual course of antibiotics would kill my stomach. So I looked for alternative ways to alleviate the infection. I can’t remember who to credit for this, but they suggested using peroxide in my ears. I thought it sounded crazy, so of course I tried it. I remember feeling some popping. Apparently that is the peroxide killing bacteria, germs etc. All I know is that it seemed to help me out. I would use a dropper and out 2-4 drops in my ear while laying on my side. I’d wait for 5-10 minutes, flush and repeat process in the other ear.

If you do happen to get sick, try some of the above suggestions and let me know how they worked out for you. Seek advice from your physician about suggested dosages.

Chris Tybor is a personal trainer and the owner of ChrisFit Personal Training. He can be reached at www.chrisfit.net or by calling 818-0078. www.ChrisFit.net

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