Natural Cures For Dummies
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Natural cures can help fight infections. Conventional treatments for the common cold and other infections target symptoms and tend to impair the body’s own defense mechanisms. These mechanisms are designed to purge the viruses or bacteria from the body. Although you may need to alleviate symptoms to make it through the day at work or school, you can speed your recovery by giving your immune system a boost.

At the first sign of cold, flu, or other infections, hit back hard by boosting your body’s immune system with all of the following supplements; continue them until the symptoms subside:

  • Colostrum: 10,000 mg one or two times daily

  • Proline-rich polypeptides: 4 sprays in mouth, hold for 30 seconds and swallow, twice daily early morning and before bed, for a total of 16 mg daily

  • Probiotics:

    • Saccharomyces boulardii: 250 mg twice daily

    • A multistrain containing Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium longum, and Lactobacillus plantarum: 15 billion CFUs twice daily

    • HOWARU Bifido (Bifidobacterium lactis): 15 billion CFUs twice daily

  • Vitamin C (mineral ascorbates): 1,000 to 3,000 mg daily

  • Whole beta glucan: 500 mg twice daily

  • Vitamin A: 10,000 to 25,000 IUs daily

    Don’t take vitamin A if you’re pregnant, and don’t take an elevated dose of vitamin A any longer than three months.

  • Vitamin D3: 5,000 to 10,000 IUs daily (get tested and aim for a blood level of 60–80 ng/dl)

  • Zinc: 20 mg lozenges several times daily dissolved in mouth, plus 20 mg in pill form twice daily

    Don’t take more than 40 mg of zinc for longer than a couple of weeks.

  • Andrographis: 200 mg twice daily

  • Isatis extract: 150 mg twice daily

  • Licorice extract: 80 mg twice daily

  • Olive leaf: 1 to 2 g daily

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Dr. Scott J. Banks has been in clinical practice for more than 30 years. In 2013, Banks joined an elite group Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioners. He is uniquely trained in the Functional Medicine model to identify and treat the root causes of illness, disease, and chronic disorders.

Joe Kraynak has authored and co-authored numerous books.

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