Successfully added to your cart!

Dr. Minkoff's Game Plan for the Cold Season: 6 Supplements You Need to Stop Sickness Before It Starts

by Dr. David Minkoff November 07, 2018 3 min read 0 Comments

Dr. Minkoff's Game Plan for the Cold Season: 6 Supplements You Need to Stop Sickness Before It Starts

Cold and flu season is here and unless you’re prepared, you could get taken down for a week or more.

Here is Dr. Minkoff’s best advice to anyone feeling a cold or flu bug coming on.

Dr. Minkoff’s Most Important Advice: Catch It Fast

This is the single most important key to not letting the crud take you down. The second you feel like you might be coming down with something is when you need to take action.

If you can catch it now when it’s small, you have a chance of nipping it in the bud and stopping it before it spreads and becomes a much bigger problem.

Next we’ll cover Dr. Minkoff’s top 6 supplements for stopping colds before they start.

 

Vitamin A

Dose: 150,000 IU per day

Vitamin A is a critical vitamin for your immune system. It’s especially important for your first line of defense against invaders: mucosal linings.

That stuffy, clogged up sinus feeling? That’s partially due to your lack of vitamin A. Mucosal barriers like your sinus cavity are also full of immune cells that stop viruses and bacteria before they can get into your throat, lungs, or anywhere else.

When you have enough vitamin A, the barriers stay strong and you stay well.

 

Zinc

Dose: 50-75 mg 3x per day until well

There’s a reason zinc is one of the most well-known natural cold remedies.

Zinc is a tightly regulated mineral and plays a key role in the production of immune cells and regulating inflammation [1-3]. If zinc is deficient, your number of immune cells decreases while inflammation goes up.

By supplementing with high levels of zinc at the first sign of illness, you help your immune system respond to the invading pathogen, creating more immune cells while keeping inflammation under control.

 

Vitamin C

Dose: 1000mg every hour

There are over 61,102 studies on the role of vitamin C in health. To paraphrase thousands of scientists and hundreds of hours of research: vitamin C is very important.

Vitamin C is both an antioxidant and a key support molecule for the immune system. It is a cofactor for dozens of enzymes and also activates critical genes in immune cells [4,5].

The most important thing to be aware of is that when your body is fighting an infection, your body’s rate of vitamin C consumption goes up. That means when you are sick, you need to constantly resupply.

There is some controversy on how much vitamin C your gut can actually absorb, so the best route is via I.V., but if you do not have access, taking 1000mg every hour will keep your immune system at its best.

 

Gan Mao Ling

Dose: 6-8 capsules at first sign of symptoms and every day until symptoms disappear

The English translation of “Gan Mao Ling” is “Miraculous Cold Pills,” and that’s exactly what they are. Gan Mao Ling is one of the most renowned herbal formulations of traditional Chinese medicine.

It is a combination of 8 different herbs that act together to clear any stage of cold or flu, but generally works best at the early stages. It is readily available from herbal medicine shops and does not require seeing a doctor of oriental medicine.

 

Silver Hydrosol

Dose: Dilute 1 dropper in water, gargle, then swallow

We all know silver as that shiny gray metal, but it also has potent antiviral and antibacterial properties when properly formulated. It is important to note that silver hydrosol is NOT colloidal silver. The formulation of silver hydrosol solubilizes silver particles to less than 1 nanometer and maintains a more bioactive positive charge. The smaller size gives it more surface area to interact with pathogens. The positive charge helps disrupt the pathogen life cycle so it cannot spread.

Silver hydrosol is non-toxic and broadly antimicrobial, so after gargling to get the bugs infecting the mucosal membranes of your mouth, you can safely swallow to get it circulating in your system. 

 

Hydrogen Peroxide Spray

Dose: Spray a 3% into the throat as necessary

You may know about using hydrogen peroxide (H202) to disinfect cuts, but you can also use it to fight infection in your body. By putting diluted 3% hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle, you can spray it into your throat. This puts the disinfecting solution right where the problem is.

 

Timing Is Everything

Now you’re armed with Dr. Minkoff’s top 6 remedies for staying healthy this cold and flu season! Remember, the single most important part of this game plan is catching it early.

The longer you wait to take action, the less effective these remedies become.

Here’s to staying strong all winter long!

 

References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25462582
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15496046
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9475824
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29099763
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16373990
Dr. David Minkoff
Dr. David Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine. In 1992, Dr Minkoff’s wife Sue, a Registered Nurse, became interested in nutrition and health and began to go to lectures from some of the experts in the field. At the time, Dr Minkoff was pretty fixed in his view of traditional medicine and it took a lot of convincing to get him to come to one of these lectures. After hearing Dr Jeffrey Bland speak, Dr Minkoff had a eureka moment and began pursuing the alternative field with a vengeance. Based on this new knowledge Dr Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic in 1997 to help some friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into Lifeworks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States. In the process, he gained expertise in Biological medicine, integrative oncology, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. Dr Minkoff is one of the most in demand speakers in the field and wrote an Amazon best selling book called The Search For The Perfect Protein. The demand for the products and protocols he discovered became a catalyst for founding BodyHealth.Com, a nutrition company that now manufactures and distributes cutting-edge nutritional solutions for the many health problems of today. Dr. Minkoff writes two free online newsletters, “The Optimum Health Report” and ”The BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter”, to help others learn about optimum health and fitness. Dr. Minkoff is an avid athlete himself and has completed 43 Ironman Triathlons. To keep his fitness maximal, he lives the lifestyle he teachers to others and tries to set an example for others, so they can enjoy a life free of pain and full of energy.



Also in BodyHealth

Intermittent Fasting & Building Lean Muscle for Women: What You Need to Know
Intermittent Fasting & Building Lean Muscle for Women: What You Need to Know

by Dr. David Minkoff January 14, 2021 4 min read 0 Comments

If there is anything society has come to realize over the last century, it is that women are just as powerful, smart, ambitious, and capable as men. And while society as a whole is still catching up as far as true equality, the facts are evident when you look at some of the most incredible and influential people today.

When it comes to fitness, however, men and women are not the same. The natural, physiological differences necessitate unique approaches to achieve optimal results. While the fundamental science behind attaining a shredded, lean physique is basically the same for both sexes, the exact steps and application require careful consideration.

Read More
The Secrets to Maintaining Athletic Performance as You Age – Part Two
The Secrets to Maintaining Athletic Performance as You Age – Part Two

by Dr. David Minkoff December 30, 2020 5 min read 0 Comments

The effects of an unbalanced diet, as well as nutrient deficiencies, accumulate over time. They may not be as visible in your younger years, but the effects are still there.

While every aspect of your diet is important, today we’re going to talk about three of the most important nutritional factors that impact your body over time, each of which can significantly impact your athletic performance.
Read More
Healing Our Achilles Heels: 5 Step Healing Protocol
Healing Our Achilles Heels: 5 Step Healing Protocol

by CJ Hitz December 18, 2020 4 min read 0 Comments

One thing I've learned is that injuries can be great teachers. There are so many lessons to be learned from the injuries we experience. They force us to slow down and evaluate our bodies on a deeper level. Like many, I'm guilty of sometimes taking my healthy days for granted. When we pick up an injury, we're suddenly motivated to learn everything we can about that specific injury. We're also dedicated to the necessary rehab it will take to overcome the injury and strengthen our weak areas.

As with many injuries, I've learned there are no "quick fixes" for my stubborn Achilles. Over the years, I've also learned there are no "get fit quickly" schemes.

Read More