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    Supplements: Things you can do to help your recovery

    By Dr Barry Peatfield and Nikki Tovell

    Vitamin C

    Powerful adrenal helper, and therefore immune system too. Also acts as antioxidant, eliminating free radicals which cause damage to your body; builds collagen (the elastic fibres that keep your skin, bones, hair and nails supple and strong), helps maintain cellular integrity. The adrenals have the highest concentration of vitamin C than any other organ in the body. You need to take an awful lot more vitamin C than you probably realise to maintain optimum health, and that applies even more so when you've been ill for a long time. Your body's' needs for vitamin C will vary from time to time, dependent on how well your adrenals and other systems are coping with whatever stresses they are trying to deal with at that time. How do you tell how much you need ? Very simple. You have to apply the Bowel Intolerance Test, which is a standard homeopathic medicine protocol. This means that you must take as much vitamin C as it takes to give you a slightly urgent bowel movement. Because vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, the body takes what it needs, and chucks out the rest. You cannot over-dose on it. Find your current Bowel Intolerance level, then reduce that dose by 1 gram (1,000mg), and that will be your maintenance dose for the time being. The average amount needed to give this result is about 9 grams daily. It's best to take it in blocks of 2 grams, and on an empty stomach. Vitamin C neutralises stomach acid, so if you take it immediately before or after food, you will be unable to digest that meal properly. As you begin to get better, you will find that you need less vitamin C to reach the bowel intolerance level. If you become ill with a virus or a bug, or become generally run-down, you will need more. Sometimes it will take 3 grams to send you to the loo, sometimes it may take 30 grams. It all depends on how much your adrenals need at the time. Be prepared to adjust your dose accordingly.

    Milk Thistle

    This is an amazing herb, the active ingredient of which is called Silymarin. It is used widely in European emergency rooms as the standard treatment for fatal Amanita mushroom poisoning. Your liver will currently be extremely stressed, and needs as much help as it can get. This helps with allergies and intolerances, illness, hormone imbalances, and to generally relieve some of the load on your liver. Standard daily dose is 560mg, but if you experience a bad headache, nausea, shakiness, or feel "poisoned", take another 560mg immediately. You will get to know how much of it you need to help your own particular system.

    Echinacea

    Another powerful herb, greatly helps the immune system. Take 20-25 drops every two hours for the first day at the onset of any virus or bacterial infection, and a maintenance dose of 20-25 drops twice a day thereafter. As you begin to get better, you won't need to rely on it so much, but whilst your immune system is delicate, it's an enormous help to take it every day.

    Valerian and Hypericum

    Both of these herbs help with all the anxiety and depression that are common features of hypometabolic disorders. Valerian is very calming and relaxing. Take at any particularly stressful times, and before going to bed. Immensely helpful at those times when you cannot sleep, even though you feel utterly exhausted.
    Hypericum (St Johns' Wort) should not be taken if you are on any prescription medication for depression, and there are a few rare incidences of it interfering with the effectiveness of the contraceptive pill. If you are on the pill and take Hypericum, stop taking it if you experience any breakthrough bleeding or spotting. Other than that, it's as safe as houses. It really is most effective at relieving depression, however badly you get it. One of it's names is "Natural Prozac" !

    Flax Seed Oil

    Rich in the essential fatty acids vital to reduce inflammation, this is very helpful wherever you have any inflamed conditions such as eczema, acne, rashes, arthritis (or any other -itis, since "-itis" means inflammation in medical jargon), inflamed bowel conditions, and even constipation. You may take up to 2 tablespoons a day. Add it on to food in place of other dressings or oils. It has a pleasant, slightly nutty taste. A useful note - we are told by a local pharmacist that all of the hormone medications, such as thyroid and adrenal medications (so T3, Armour, cortisone, progesterone, etc), are better absorbed, when taken orally, in the presence of oily substances. If you can bear it, try taking a drop along with your meds.

    Replenish Your Mineral Levels!

    Read the "Nutrition - An Overview" document, which you can also get from us at the clinic. You can buy good quality colloidal minerals from a number of suppliers, including Nutrimax, who can be reached on 01580 831 830. "Colloidal" is a term meaning that the particle size is extremely small - 7,000 times smaller than a red blood cell, so it is far more readily available to your body than the larger particle sizes commonly found in other preparations such as tablets. A lot of vitamin and mineral supplements only give you roughly 20% of what they say they contain, because the body cannot absorb large particles effectively.

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    Where possible, buy your supplements in either a liquid or capsule form, since these are better absorbed. Also, many of the binders and fillers in tablets can cause sensitivity reactions - if your liver is stressed, which it will be if you've been ill for a long time, it will be unable to cope and you are therefore likely to react badly to a lot of substances which would normally not cause a problem. Avoid coffee, if you can bear to. Coffee causes the liver an awful lot of work. If you are the sort of person who can drink coffee to no apparent effect, this means that the two sections of your livers' detoxifying system are not working in harmony. Phase One breaks down chemicals and passes them on in an even more potentially toxic form to the second phase, which then eliminates them. If drinking coffee makes you very "hyper", Phase One is underactive and not breaking it down effectively, and extra loading then gets put on to Phase Two. If you are the opposite, and drinking coffee has little or no effect on you, then Phase One is overactive, which means it is producing even more toxic substances to be passed on to Phase Two. Drinking Green Tea, or any other herbal teas, is far less stress for your poor exhausted system. Green Tea is rich in all kinds of good and friendly things. It goes without saying that where possible, you should try to eat organic produce. Less toxins = less loading. Less loading = better healing potential.

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    Re: Supplements: Things you can do to help your recovery

    Good info. I'm a firm believer that these things need to be obtained naturally so that the absorption is good. For instance Vitamin C from a pill is not the same as from an orange.
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    Re: Supplements: Things you can do to help your recovery

    You are absolutely right Wilber but again if the diet doesnt contain all the vitamins and minerals needed for the body, one has to take it via supplements. Though absorption is not going to be the same, it's better than nothing

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    I think the only thing that stops us eating right is ourselves. Just think, it's lunch time and the local chippy looks good, but what about some fruit and veggies at the salad bar? If you choose wisely then you can get all that you need.

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    Re: Supplements: Things you can do to help your recovery

    i agree that it's better to take supplements than none at all. we know that our daily diet now lacks the needed vitamins and minerals that our body needs unlike our ancestors before who really eats fresh an quality produce. plus junk foods, we never could resists these, right! so we'll load on supplements instead.

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    Re: Supplements: Things you can do to help your recovery

    There is also the opposite... over consumption of vitamins. You can actually poison your body by taking them too often, tests have proven this, so watch out.

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    Re: Supplements: Things you can do to help your recovery

    Quote Originally Posted by Jones
    There is also the opposite... over consumption of vitamins. You can actually poison your body by taking them too often, tests have proven this, so watch out.
    Well some of the vitamins are water soluble (Vitamin C here and almost all B Complex excluding B12) hence they don't stay in your body too long, hence I don't think there is any harm even on larger doses.

    Other vitamins may be toxic if taken in large quantities.

 

 

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