Everyone is getting sick. I can name at least a dozen people right off the top of my head who I know have fallen ill in the past two weeks. I am around these sick people, and hopefully I don’t get sick too.
Thankfully I have a secret weapon. It was given to my 2004 Bikram Training class by our nutritional expert teacher Dr. Frank. Here is the protocol:
1/2 cup blueberries (frozen is fine)
1000mg Vitamin C
1/4 to 1.5 cup water (depending on desired thickness)
1-14 drops of Stevia Extract – OPTIONAL – to taste
Take a vegetable peeler and peel the yellow rind off the lemon. Leave the white rind on. Cut the lemon to de-seed it and put the lemon and other ingredients into a blender to liquefy.
Every two hours if you are currently sick. Three times a day if you are prone to being sick (because of stress or others around you being sick).
You will recover quicker if you are sick. You will be better at avoiding infection if you are using it preventatively.
The stevia is a natural zero sugar, zero calorie sweetener and is optional for those who like their drink a little sweeter. You can find stevia extract at Whole Foods or the Willy St. Co-op. DO NOT ADD SUGAR of any kind, and as a matter of fact – you should avoid sugar anytime that you or people around you are sick. It supresses your immune system.
This drink is an immune system booster particularly good for cold and flu. Dr. Frank used this protocol to rescue his wife from a fever/infection the hospital had no idea what to do with. He was giving it to her every half hour, but assuming you are not hospitalized, you shouldn’t need it that often.
I have had success with this drink myself. I have gotten sick in the past 5 years, but it seems to be much less than usual for me. I don’t have a particularly strong immune system normally, but I have avoided getting sick this year. PLUS three winters ago when EVERY teacher at Inner Fire Yoga came down with a crazy mutant sinus infection (I did too) – While my fellow teachers required antibiotics – I beat it by drinking this every two hours for a few days in a row. Non-stop smoothie bombardment and neti-pot… I needed no antibiotics.
Vitimin C is a known immune system booster; however, as with everything in nature it is not just about the chemical we can isolate in a lab. The white rind of the lemon is chalk full of enzymes and other co-factors that aid Vitimin C to do its job. (don’t keep the yellow rind, its bad for your stomach) This is why natural is better. Science is amazing, but nature, even at this micro-level is such a complex system, you cannot simply reduce it to 30 or so Vitamins, Minerals, and known nutrients. The white rind of the lemon is vital to this protocol.
Blueberries are beginning to be recognized as a super food. Perhaps I will write about those too… but later. Add all this to regular Neti Pot use and you’ll be unstoppable.
Now, I gotta run.
Hope this helps. Stay Healthy!