Cold medicine and Low Carb
Cold medicine and Low Carb , 04-03-2012 12:55 PM


Advanced Low-Carber


I was just curious as to what the best option is for cold remedies and the low carber. I have a slight cold and just want to feel better.
RE: Cold medicine and Low Carb , 04-03-2012 01:27 PM


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Jeff, when I get a cold, my goal is to just get better. I tried the sugar-free stuff, but it never worked as well as what I know works for me--The Tylenol Cold blue stuff and Zicam. Zaps it every time. I'll deal with the consequences in my diet when I'm feeling better again. GET WELL SOON buddy!

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RE: Cold medicine and Low Carb , 04-04-2012 05:33 PM


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Zicam has a sugar free variety, if its not entirely sugar free line-wide.

I know this fits into the "low carb fixes everything!!!" camp, but its true: ever since I went completely primal, without cheats, I rarely, if ever, have colds.
RE: Cold medicine and Low Carb , 04-05-2012 09:04 AM


Expert Low-Carber


People with higher vitamin D status tend to have fewer colds each winter
Each 10 nmol/l (4ng/ml) increase in 25(OH)D was associated with a 7 % lower risk of infection
So you may find fewer colds and quicker recovery if you kept your 25(OH)D around 50ng/ml.

I always keep a pot of 50,000iu vitamin D BIOTECH capsules for Stoss therapy

Generally speaking people who go "low carb" lose weight, that inevitably means their vitamin D status rises (people who are overweight generally have lower 25(OH)D levels) so maybe it's the higher vitamin D effect that's reducing the cold/flu incidence.
RE: Cold medicine and Low Carb , 04-05-2012 11:33 AM


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Ted, what is it about going low carb that raises Vitamin D? I've never taken Vitamin D supplements and I rarely go out in the sun yet I haven't had a cold or the flu in 9 years which is about as long as I've been low carb. I just wonder what it is about low carb that is protecting me from bugs. I saw that my favorite online supplement vendor has some cheap vitamin D capsules.

My sites:
Linda's Low Carb Menus & Recipes
In the Kitchen with Linda Blog
RE: Cold medicine and Low Carb , 04-05-2012 12:09 PM


Expert Low-Carber


People who have bigger bodies need relatively more vitamin D so the amount of vitamin D they take should be determined by the number of LBS/kg they weigh.
Most people take too little vitamin D anyway
Here is a typical example where they compare 2000iu/d with 5000iu/d
Comparing 2,000 IU/day vs. 5,000 IU/day vitamin D supplementation Note this was done at latitude 33S equivalent to Los Angeles but in southern hemispher where sun shines brighter. If you're further north then you may need more.

No mention is made of the BMI of the people involved. Bigger bodies require MORE vitamin D because what matter is the iu per lb or per kg. If a big guy takes the same amount as a small guy the vitamin d is more diluted in the bigger body.

Rather than just saying take 5000iu we should more often say take 1000iu per 25lbs or 10kg and that would enable overweight people adjust the intake in proportion to their size.

Going low carb also generally reduce the amount of fat a person is carrying. Therefore fat soluble vitamins that get locked up in fat cells become available to that person.
If you have fewer smaller fat cells and are running on a low carb, bodering on ketogenic, diet your body will be more actively using the reserves that are available in the fat cells so the vitamin D3 stored in them will be constantly available rather than being forgotten about/locked up/inactive.
If you are overweight your body is producing more inflammation and this could make you more vulnerable.

But it could be just that you are not making yourself as vulnerable to infection by spending a lot of time locked up with a load of other people with the potential for transmitting the bugs.
Transient immune impairment after a simulated long-haul flight.
RE: Cold medicine and Low Carb , 04-05-2012 08:07 PM


Expert Low-Carber



I am with Jimmy on this. Take the cough syrup or meds that work best. In my case that is Delsym. It also tastes better that the other stuff. A few extra carbs won't matter much in the long run.
RE: Cold medicine and Low Carb , 04-09-2012 08:51 PM


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I know this fits into the "low carb fixes everything!!!" camp, but its true: ever since I went completely primal, without cheats, I rarely, if ever, have colds.
Same here. I was just thinking last weekend when I went past the drug section of the grocery store that I don't go in that section to buy meds anymore. I can't think of anything in there that I needed since 2008.

Things I had a lot of and dont even keep any more- aspirin or ibuprofen, nose spray, anti-biotic skin cream, toothache pain killer, eye drops, cough syrup, and cold meds. It's all gone.

Hay fever goes around Memphis in March and it got everyone at work. It got me too for a couple of weeks, but I didn't use any meds except for a supplement I use that boosts immunity, plus a lot of vitamin D.
RE: Cold medicine and Low Carb , 04-10-2012 07:27 AM


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Vitamin D and Seasonal Allergies Link goes to Diet Doctor blog
RE: Cold medicine and Low Carb , 04-10-2012 09:41 AM


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Good article.

Here's another-
http://naturalhealthsherpa.com/vitamin-d...ight/52747

I've been taking 10,000IU since 2007. Blood tests show its in range long term if I take that much. I'm also using a miatake mushroom SX fraction supplement that helps immunity-

http://www.holtraceuticals.com/categorie...-stim.html

My collegue was really feeling the hay fever and I talked him into using my spare bottle of D3, 5,000 IU each.
RE: Cold medicine and Low Carb , 04-11-2012 10:23 PM


Junior Low-Carber


People who have bigger bodies need relatively more vitamin D so the amount of vitamin D they take should be determined by the number of LBS/kg they weigh.
Most people take too little vitamin D anyway
Here is a typical example where they compare 2000iu/d with 5000iu/d
Comparing 2,000 IU/day vs. 5,000 IU/day vitamin D supplementation Note this was done at latitude 33S equivalent to Los Angeles but in southern hemispher where sun shines brighter. If you're further north then you may need more.

No mention is made of the BMI of the people involved. Bigger bodies require MORE vitamin D because what matter is the iu per lb or per kg. If a big guy takes the same amount as a small guy the vitamin d is more diluted in the bigger body.

Rather than just saying take 5000iu we should more often say take 1000iu per 25lbs or 10kg and that would enable overweight people adjust the intake in proportion to their size.

Going low carb also generally reduce the amount of fat a person is carrying. Therefore fat soluble vitamins that get locked up in fat cells become available to that person.
If you have fewer smaller fat cells and are running on a low carb, bodering on ketogenic, diet your body will be more actively using the reserves that are available in the fat cells so the vitamin D3 stored in them will be constantly available rather than being forgotten about/locked up/inactive.
If you are overweight your body is producing more inflammation and this could make you more vulnerable.

But it could be just that you are not making yourself as vulnerable to infection by spending a lot of time locked up with a load of other people with the potential for transmitting the bugs.
Transient immune impairment after a simulated long-haul flight.

This is extremely helpful, thank you.